One of the finest European restaurants in Istanbul belongs to the Four Seasons in Sultanahmet, an establishment that recently won the rather blandly titled but no doubt prestigious ‘best hotel restaurant in Turkey’ award. The setting is an elegant conservatory and beautiful courtyard, which errs on the tasteful side of opulence. The menu changes every season, adapting to the best of what’s locally available, but dishes are generally adorned with touches of French finery, Italian classicism and the odd nod to the Far East. Regulars also include dishes such as grilled sea bass, perfectly-seared, while short-term, special regional menus – such as a recent collection of dishes from Turkey’s Hatay province – are exceptional. The Sunday brunch is also legendary and should be experienced, if only for a peek at the city’s high society. Pricey by Istanbul standards, it’s a lavish affair that should set you up for a great siesta. Smart threads and a reservation are a must.