Haci Abdullah, Istanbul

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    Haci Abdullah: Kebabs Forever

    by traveloturc Updated May 2, 2012

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    Haci Abdullah a half block northwest off Istiklal Caddesi at Sakizagaci Caddesi 17, is among the city's famous old dining places. The ambience is bright and lively rather than quiet and dark, the Turkish food is delicious, but no alcoholic beverages are served. This is a great place for women traveling alone to dine undisturbed.Credit cards are accepted.

    Favorite Dish: Deserving particular mention are Hunkarbegendi (pureed aubergines with lamb); Elbasan tava; Manisa kebabi; kuzu incikli patlican (aubergines with lamb); kuzu tandir (lamb cooked tandoori-style); kuzu dolmasi (stuffed lamb); and kuzu incik baglama (lamb 'olives' stuffed with aubergine and tomatoes). Haci Abdullah is famous for its fruit compotes, but also makes an excellent baked quince and dessert of bananas, cream and honey.

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    My favorite restaurants...

    by yakacik Updated May 1, 2011

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    My favorite restaurants are:
    Yeþil Yayla * or ** in Þisli main street..open only weekdays for lunch only and serves all local pan dishes real Turkish, better then my mother's ones

    Develi Restaurant **** in Kalamýþ Marina all kind of meat dishes grills varieties has big indoor and outdoor capacities one of must see and must eat

    Pizzeria Rosa ***inside Carrefour Supermarket restaurants floor.Italian food of course but best in their kind in Istanbul open permanantly from 11.00 am till 10.00 pm..

    And eat a simit on sale on streets...


    I RECOMMEND CILVELI MEYHANE WITH SINGER FEDON JUST TO SPEND ONE VERY VERY GOOD TIME TURKISH AND GREEK MUSIC TOGETHER ... OTHERS ENJOY THIS WHY NOT YOU TOO ?

    Favorite Dish: DONER AND ADANA MEAT KEBABS ,RICE WHEREVER POSSIBLE ,

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    Haci Abdullah: Dont miss the real Turkish food

    by viajeras2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Is a very nice place to enjoy the most typical Ottoman Style food located in the middle of the city. Excelente flavor and tasty food, all the service was very nicewith friendly people. We enjoy amazing time with a great company (Big tomato).

    The Restaurant is a little Ottoman museum, the decoration is really nice, with an excelent quality food.

    Is very cozzy place to enjoy a family, friend or bussines dinner, lunch or snack time.
    Very clean place ...very important point for me heehe.

    Favorite Dish: I cant remember the name but was something like fried bread and inside chunck meet with nut really delicius. I have to ask my friend Bulent for the name...

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    Haci Abdullah: Haci Abdullah Restaurant

    by hekate Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I have been told that Haci Abdullah Restaurantis is a restaurant with a long history and it is also a fine example of the Ottoman cuisine. I should say I agree that it is a great place to eat :)

    There is a wide variety of dishes and they offer really good choice of sweets.

    The interior is stylish and the service is good. At least I could not complain from it.

    Prices:
    Salads: around YTL 5
    Main dishes: around YTL 14
    Desrts: around YTL 4.50

    OK, here is the disappointing bit:
    Alcohol is not served in this restaurant.
    I have been told that the owner is a bit conservative and that is the reason for not serving alcohol.

    Favorite Dish: Well, I had Tas kebab. Delicious :)))

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  • Haci abtullah: Awful service

    by Itravelforfood Written May 18, 2010

    Although recommended in lonely planet my wife and I found the service in this restaurant absolutely horrible. The food was ok but certainly not worth the price. The food, served from a cafeteria style kitchen arrived within minutes of ordering (not bad for hungry mouths, but Luke warm and obercooked. The worst part of the meal was after receiving the bill, we had two bottles of water placed on our bill and a 5 lira service fee for what amounted to no service other than throwing plates down in front of us. Once we paid the bill, the waiter shortchanged us by 10 lira and we watched him pass the extra to his boss standing in the corner. Understanding what what wa going on we asked the waiter for the amount shortchanged and the 10 lira came out of his bosses pocket and thankfully back to us. I'm not sure what happened, bit it is safe to say we will not be back (perhaps I should have flashed my lonely planet Guide at him when I walked through the door)

    Favorite Dish: whipped/mashed Eggplant side was good/unique

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    Haci Abdullah: Ottoman Cuisine

    by muratkorman Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    This restaurant is one of the best in Istanbul for serving traditional Ottoman cuisine. Although quite expensive, the quality of the food is very high. Many tourists think that Turkish cuisine consists of kebabs. However, due to the geographic location it has meditarrenian, east european and middle east influences. Moreover, Ottoman cuisine even has more influences owing to the wide spread empire in 3 continents. This restaurant is a good place to try some of these highly sophisticated meals that used to be served to Ottoman Sultans.

    Favorite Dish: There are many dishes with meat and vegetables that could attract your taste. I suggest "Dana Emense" which is a meat dish from beef. Many interesting dishes are waiting for you to choose. Don't forget to order "Karisik Meyve Kompostosu" which is mixed fruit compost that is home-prepared and stored in glass containers for 2 years before serving.

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    Tike: Authentic Kebap restaurant

    by flyfreak Updated Jul 25, 2007

    Tike serves traditional "charcoal grilled" lamb and chicken kebabs, authentic appetizers and fresh salads. Tike offers unique dining experience of ethnic barbequed kebabs at its best.
    Originally, the first restaurant is the one in the Istanbul city-district of Levent, meanwhile Tike has 4 more restaurants in Istanbul, several ones in Turkey and even in Greece and Israel. (see homepage for details).

    Favorite Dish: Everything :-) The experience itself is already nice, make sure you have a table reserved before-hand.

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  • Haci Abdullah: We were not impressed

    by worldtravelers1014 Written Dec 21, 2006

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    We ate at the restaurant Haci Abdullah in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul last night after reading the glowing review in Lonely Planet. After travelling around Turkey for almost a month, we thought the food was fairly average but we also thought it was rather pricey. The most disturbing part of the meal came when we received our bill and realized each of the food items was up to 1 lira more than listed on the menu. While the total difference was not significant it was not a practice we appreciated. We pointed it out to the waiter and he showed us that the Turkish menu gets updated every day while the foreign menu (in a variety of languages) does not and therefore the prices are out of date. We were very offended by this practice of giving menus that do not reflect the correct prices and also by the waiter's lack of concern.

    The cover charge, service charge and increase in the prices we were charged added up to over 20% of our bill and the food definitely did not justify this.

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    Haci Abdullah: Typical turkish food

    by tere1 Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Beans starter

    This is an excellent restaurant if you want to taste real ottoman food. It's an old well reputated establishment located in the center of Taksim.

    They have an extensive list of starters and dishes such as eggplant stuffed with lamb, different kebabs, meatballs and many more. I really loved the "baked lamb shank" and the starters with beans and eggplant with yogurt sauce. Food is delicious here! For dessert try their wonderful baklava or the pudding with dry fruit.
    Highly recommended!

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    Haci Abdullah: authentic Ottoman cuisine

    by Alikatt Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    The place evokes grandeur especially in the cavernous room way back. That is where you should sit if you go for lunch of dinner. I was taken there for lunch by a local who is a regular diner. He knew the staff and the staff knew him. Service was attentive and superb. On my second time, I went in as a tourist although accompanied by a male Turkish friend. The service was not as good as the first time. This summer I dined with a fellow VTer who is female. We were treated well and there was a lot of laughter. The food is described as those which have been prepared for the Ottoman sultans of the past but to me they all looked good, tasted good but it wasn't haute cuisine. One can tell though that the area where preapred food is displayed, is kept immaculately clean. I like the lamb shank, the appetizers with eggplant and the special quince dessert. They have a separate chef for dessert and a dedicated area where all the dulce desserts are presented as well. I almost always order the same food everytime I set foot there because they never disappoint. This past summer I went for lunch one day and returned a few weeks later for dinner. I was surprised that they have the same exact food for luch as for dinner! It was my first time to go for dinner so when the lamb arrived, I wanted to have red wine with it. I was in for another surprise! They don't serve alcoholic beverage. I think it is published in their website that they adhere to religious tradition but I obviously didn't see it. I would go there again when I return to Istanbul.

    Favorite Dish: The food I named above taste very good and are far superior to the fast-food version one can get in Istiklal. The fresh ingredients, the quality of the food the whole ambiance of Haci Abdulla is a must for visitors. It is actually quite popular among the locals as well.

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  • Haci Abdullah: Great traditional Turkish Restaurant

    by KS_2005 Written Dec 3, 2005

    This is a proper traditional Turkish restaurant, and that is the reason why you will not find alchohol served here. The food is really good, the decor very pleasant, and prices reasonable. Don't miss it.

    Favorite Dish: You should definitely try lamb with aubergines, and for desert I always have Kunefe (shredded pastry with cheese), which needs about 20 minutes preparation time.

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    Haci Abdullah: good atmosphere, so so food

    by dr.alpay Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    Well I visited Haci Abdullah a few times over the years, and I must admit its apperance improved a lot in the last 10 years. However the last time I visited, about a year ago I found the dishes not as tasty as they were before, and overpriced as well.

    The restaurant is still worth looking and you can look all the dishes; presented in a nice way before you order; but if you dont like your meal , it is not because of the turkish cuisine but haci abdullah cuisine:)

    Maybe you can try Konyali in Eminonu which is also not as good as it used to be, but it is a self served place and less expensive, and gulluoglu in karakoy is very good when it comes to desert; baklava...

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  • Haci Abdullah: A Nice place to try ottoman kitchen

    by infinitys Written May 9, 2005

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    Some desserts examples from Haci Abdullah

    The atmosphere of this restaurant is actually very nice compared with other restaurants of Istanbul. You have a lot of different choices from turkish and ottoman kitchen here. The staff is also friendly and english speaking.
    The quality of the foods are also certificated with ISO 9000.
    Actually according to my opinion,you will be extremely surprised due to the high amount of delicious alternatives that you have in ''Haci Abdullah'' :)

    Favorite Dish: Classical examples from ottoman kitchen,different desserts,perfect soups,recipes,kebabs and meals are one of the strenght points of this restaurant.

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  • Adem Baba: Don't Miss The Cheap Fresh Seafood

    by sakamibu Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Adem Baba is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Istanbul.
    If you would like to eat cheap but also delicious seafood, you should visit Adem Baba.
    The fishes are always so fresh because they catch, cook and serve them in the same day.
    You can try whatever you want, you will not be sorry.

    The restaurant is always full.
    Since they don't accept any reservation, sometimes you have to wait but it won't take too much time because the service is always very fast.

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    Haci Abdullah: True Ottoman style

    by Lalique Updated Jan 24, 2004

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    My story of discovering this place is very simple.
    Once we walked a lot around Istanbul and when got back to our hotel in the evening found out that we forgot about dinner while our wanders and decided to find a place to have a bite....
    We came to Istiklal and went from place to place choosing the "right one" but half of the were already closed, of the other half we liked nothing (as it happens from time to time)... and then I saw a lighted sign in some of the side streets, we went to see what's there and found the place...

    Favorite Dish: Later on I was told by the locals that it's very famous place and one of the best, if you want to try the real local cuisine.
    It's true! :))

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