It’s also called Ottoman cuisine or Palace cuisine, one of the richest in the world.
It’s mainly influenced by Balkan, Anatolian, Syrian, and Caucasian cuisines. Sadly, most recipes didn’t survive because the cooks kept them secret. In other words, we know today only a tiny portion of what was available in the past. There is no doubt that meat and desserts dominated the menu. Ottoman cuisine didn’t use tomatoes or tomato marks because starters weren’t typical, and tomatoes weren’t introduced until much later. Here are some impressive things you can still find in restaurants: