Dining on the Bosporus? Preposterous!

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Courtesy Zuma
The patio at Zuma, an izakaya-style restaurant

Dining along Istanbul's Bosporus used to mean shelling out an absurd amount of lira at a stuffy hotel restaurant, but recently a crop of laid-back and worldly spots has opened—all with glittering views and down-to-earth prices. Our favorite is Zuma, a Japanese grill and lounge that turns out creative small plates, such as sea bass with truffle oil. Salhane Sokak No. 7, zumarestaurant.com, from $12.25.

—Debra Shigley, from the September 2009 issue of Budget Travel

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