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Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
Located on the rooftop at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, A’YA Lounge is one of the most awe inspiring terraces in the city with its unbeatable view of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Having various meanings, A’YA stands for beautiful, art, miracle and bird in different languages such as Japanese, Arabic and Hebrew.
Open every day between 3:00 and 11:00 pm, A’YA serves an enriched food menu this summer. Different than previous years, the menu includes new grill and barbecue items such as homemade butcher beef sausage and Sultanahmet meatballs served with traditional white bean salad piyaz. The menu also includes mini mezze platter and Turkish sausage known as sucuk served on lavash bread. For seafood lovers, stuffed mussels with rice, raisin and dill is a must-try while visiting A’YA.
After months of dedicated work, not only the food but also the beverage menu has been refreshed for summer. In addition to classic international cocktails, the menu also offers eight signature cocktails inspired by the local flavours, spices and colours of Istanbul. An interesting option is Lohusa Sherbet, prepared with sherbet, gin, prosecco, Jagermeister and fresh lime juice. The main ingredient of this cocktail is a traditional drink given to women after childbirth to energise body. Another favourite on the menu is A’YApolitan, prepared with unripe grape juice, lime juice, gin and tonic.
The neo-Ottoman rooftop lounge with the massive buttress of Hagia Sophia at eye level is an ideal venue to enjoy evening drinks with the backdrop of Old City. Accompanying a rich beverage menu, including local wines from different regions of Turkey, some available by the glass, A’YA is a perfect spot for a memorable sunset in Istanbul. Not only hotel guests but also visitors of the Old City in Istanbul can stop by Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet to cheer up their excursions with tasty snacks and refreshing drinks.