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    Restaurant Özler

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 6, 2013

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    As the Restaurant Özler was located just across the street from our hotel, we met here quite a few times in the late evening for a beer, which with 7 TYR was reasonably priced. One evening we even enjoyed dinner here.

    The restaurant has indoor seatings on several floors. At the top of the building a completely covered rooftop terrace can be found. It is equipped with large cushions as seats. Outdoor seating is available as well, but wasn't really an option in December.

    The menu offers a variety of Turkish meals from fish and meat dishes to all sorts of kebaps. I ordered the lamb shish (kuzu sis) for 25 TYR.

    As starters our group shared the mixed starters plate (ordovr tabagi, 20 TYR) and yoghurt with cucumber (cacik, 8 TYR). Everything was tasty, so that I was quite satisfied with my choice.

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    Green Corner Restaurant: A great place to eat and smoke a water pipe

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    The Green Corner is an outdoor restaurant on the western side of Hagia Sophia which allows customers to sit on Turkish pillows and smoke water pipes for as long as they like. In warm weather, this is the perfect place to have lunch. The food is simple but good. And the prices are decent.

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    Kizilkaya Fast Food: Duner and Airan

    by hekate Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    I was just having a walk and a felt hungry. When I had a look at the meet they were backing and felt the smell of it my mouth start watering. So, I stopped by and had a duner and airian.

    I have been told that Kizilkaya is very well known fast food cafeteria and there is another Kizilkaya cafeteria onTaksim square.

    Prices:
    Duner: 6YTL
    Tosted sandwich: 1.5YTL
    Hamburger: 1.5 YTL
    Orange juice(fresh): 2.5YTL
    Apple juice(fresh): 2.5YTL
    Tea (turkish): 0.5YTL
    Coke: 1.5YTL
    Nesscafe: 2YTL
    Ayran: 1YTL

    Favorite Dish: So, here is a small tip for Americans :)
    Duner is the Turkish version of burrito.

    Airian is a beverage made out of yoghurt and water.

    I would highly recommend that menu to everyone who wants to taste the local cuisine and safe some money at the same time :)))

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    ADA Cafe

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 6, 2013

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    One evening I enjoyed a nice VT dinner meeting with the local VT member revontulet (Sibel) and a workmate of hers.

    ADA Cafe was suggested as the meeting location. Ada is the Turkish word for island. The place was a book shop in the past, but has been extended by a modern cafe and restaurant in 2007. This mixture offers an interesting atmosphere.

    The menu lists a variety of international dishes with a Turkish touch. I opted for the Ada Chef's Special (Ada Sef Spesiyal), which consisted of a chicken breast with potatoes and vegetables (22 TYR). To drink I had a big beer (12 TYR).

    After dinner I enjoyed a Salep drink (9 TYR), which is a hot Turkish winter milk drink with the flour of the tubers of wild orchids.

    Everything was very yummy and the evening was another funny and entertaining VT meeting experience.

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    Restaurant Kasap Osman

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 6, 2013

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    Before we headed off to the football match of Fenerbahce Istanbul vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach we chose the Restaurant Kasap Osman for our late lunch.

    The restaurant name translates as "Osman the butcher", so this also gives you an idea what they are specialised in: All sorts of typical Turkish meat meals. They have both indoor and outdoor seatings. As it was December we prefered to sit inside.

    I opted for a Döner (12 TYR), which consisted of thin slices of lamb, rice, vegetables and pitta bread. To drink I had a Cola for 3 TYR. As starters we got a plate with mixed vegetables, yogurt with cucumber and some bread free of charge.

    The dishes were excellent and I would definitely go here again.

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    Cistern Cafe: Cistern Cafe: enjoy the beauty of Basilica Cistern

    by hekate Written Feb 9, 2005

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    When you visit Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern) Museum on your way out you will see the Cistern Cafe. It is actually inside of the museum, so you could have a cup of coffee, tea or whatever while you enjoy the beautiful sight and the enchanting atmosphere of the Basilica Cistern.

    I bet it would be a good option to have your coffee there in a hot summer day :)))

    Favorite Dish: Well I had just a cup of cacao, I think... it was good :)

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    Turk Is (pronounced Turkish): Cheap place to eat in Taksim

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    If you are going to Taksim to indulge in the local nightlife, stop at Turk Is before or after. The prices are cheap and the food is great. They make their own bread, which is awesome. This is a very basic eatery, but I really enjoyed the food.

    Favorite Dish: The Adana Kebob is good and so is the Turkish pizza.

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    Haci Bozan Ogullari, Laleli (Merkez): Gorgeous Turkish Sweets (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated May 5, 2008

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    Haci Bozan Ogullari baklavaci in Ordu Caddesi – Laleli (Merkez) is tiny sweet shop & confectionery. It is the only one of several Haci Bozan Ogullari sweet shops we've visited, so we can not say anything about the others, but that one is amazing.

    Favorite Dish: Many kinds of gorgeous Turkish sweets are offered in Haci Bozan Ogullari: dolama, baklava, kadaif, saray sarmasi…

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    nice foods: Eat Turkish borek

    by neodue Written Oct 4, 2006

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    To eat at Pandeli is like taking a step back in time. Pandeli first opened his restaurant in Eminonu in 1901. The full scale restaurant of the same name is now located in the Spice Bazaar. Ottoman stone and turquoise tiles adorn the walls and floor as they did hundreds of years ago; the views of the Golden Horn from the windows and the calls to prayer from the mosques nearby; and the sights and smells of the Spice Bazaar outside make the atmosphere here almost magical. Almost 70 different dishes grace the menu, including chicken, fish and meat doors. Lunch at Pandeli's is a must for anyone traveling to Istanbul.

    Services
    Open only for lunch, 11:30am to 3:30pm.
    Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and Religious Holidays. Full bar. Pandeli offers inside seating capacity of 120 persons Large groups are welcome but advance notice and reservations are required.
    Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Cash are accepted as payment.

    Favorite Dish: Borek,Stuffed grape leafs,Eggplant salad.

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    Ozsut: Best pudding shop

    by neodue Written Nov 29, 2006

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    Ozsut is a pudding shop chain of Turkey .you can have light milky turkish sweets and puddings.Cheap and health.Taste turkish puddings(Keskul,Kazandibi,Asure,Tavuk gogsu,Profiterol,Muhallebi,Sutlac.
    www.ozsut.com

    Favorite Dish: My favorite is Kazandibi.It is burned valilla puding.It s delicous.Try it once.And yo will rate my page 10 :)If you want to sweety thing in Turkey yu can find this shop anywhere.

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    Cennet: Wonderful entertainment, decent prices

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    Cennet is a traditional Turkish restaurant offering its customers a unique dining experience. Women dressed in traditional Turkish clothes make bread in the center of the restaurant. The rest of the food is made upstairs and lowered down by a rope through a hole in the ceiling. Customers can either sit on pillows or tiny chairs. There are also musicians who will sing and dance, often inviting customers to join in on the fun. They will often perform outside the restaurant to attract more customers. Bring a camera.

    Favorite Dish: The food is good, but not excellent. Try the Adana Kebab. The atmosphere is the main reason for going there.

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    Restaurant Odessa

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 6, 2013

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    One early afternoon we visited Restaurant Odessa just for a drink. The 4-storey restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. In December 2012 we chose the place due to the panoramic views of the Sirkeci and Sultanahmet districts from the upper levels of the restaurant.

    We ordered a round of Efes beers for 8 TRY each and enjoyed the views. The restaurant seems to be specialised in local fish dishes, but other Turkish meals are available as well. I can't comment on the quality of the food, but at least the beer was tasty.

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    Afacan: Very Good Turkish Food in Istiklal Caddesi (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated May 5, 2008

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    Afacan is one of many self service restaurants in Istiklal Caddesi, long and the most prominent pedestrian zone in Istanbul. We suppose that such restaurants are very unusual for European and American travelers, cause they are a bit unusual even for us, from Balkans. But such restaurants offer very good food in rather pleasant, common ambiance.

    Favorite Dish: Sarma is good choice for those curious to taste Turkish food. For the others turkey (bird) meat would be fine.

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    Turkistan Asevi: Nicely decorated, good prices

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    Turkistan Asevi proudly claims to be an "authentic Turkestan restaurant." After dining there twice, I cannot argue. The restaurant is in a restored 18th century Ottoman house, right at the southeastern edge of the Hippodrome. You can either sit inside or outside. Inside, it is decorated like a traditional Turkish home with carpets and kilims everywhere. The menu varies little from other Turkish restaurants, with kebobs dominating the menu. Turkish pizza is a great meatless alternative. Water pipes are available.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Turkish pizza. It is small and cheap, so you can either order several of them or just one as an appetizer.

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    cinaralti cafe: Tea on bosphorus

    by traveloturc Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    Sometimes you are tired for walking around and you are tired of eating and maybe spending too muchIstanbul offers you many small cafes on the boshorus.This are very small cafes situated in very small but original places of istanbul. You can spend your time drinking only one tea ( 2-3USD) and enjoy the bosphorus the seagulls the boats on the boshorus and specially the breeze that you need in hot summer days .
    Cinaralti(It means under the sycamore) is a very famous cafe of "Cayhane" under the sycamore trees in Cengelkoy ( asian side) Its famous for brunches in the weekends .

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