Places to eat in Istanbul

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    Doy Doy Restaurant: Doy-Doy : Great view, great food

    by AcornMan Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Doy-Doy is geared more toward tourists than Sukru Nun Yeri, but it was still excellent. It is also a much, much bigger restaurant, with several floors. We chose to dine on the roof both time we visited because of the fantastic view. Located right in the shadow of the Blue Mosque, it's hard to imagine anywhere else in the city with a much better view of the Marmara Sea and the Blue Mosque than this.

    Favorite Dish: Everything we tried was great. Turkish pizza was a new one to me, and I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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    CibaLiKAPI BaLIKcISI: Great SeaFood alternatives

    by KIZGINdamdakiKedi Written Oct 14, 2004

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    This place is very popular since a while in Istanbul .
    Dont forget to order Raki with your dish ;-)

    Humble decoration,great seafood alternatives and friendly atmosphere.Try,you wont be regretful !

    p.s.: You may need reservation,you had better call just to make it sure.
    -Parking area is ok.

    Favorite Dish: -Karides Sogus (shrimp)
    -Zeytinyagli Ermeni Pilaki (Pilaki, armenian style)
    - Balik Salatasi (Fish Salad)

    Balikci

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    Viktor Levi: The Best and the famous Vinery

    by Erkmen Written Mar 8, 2004

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    Viktor Levi is the oldest and most Famous vinery in Istanbul.. Located at old pera district, in Beyoglu it hosts hundreds of guests in its 3 floors..

    How to reach: When you are in Istiklal street at Beyoglu in the mid way there is a connection point for trams.. Just there is the Gala high school, turn your back to the green doors of the school, walk to the street to the front... There you will see Viktor levi..

    Address: Hamalba?? Cad. No: 12
    Galatasaray ?stanbul

    Viktor levi has been recently re-organised keeping its historical values and with a new better look...

    The restaurant is open from 10:00 in the morning till 04:00 hrs, so its not only a vine tasting place also a good restaurant where you can extend till late night..

    With a selection of different Viktor Levi vines you can enjoy your day and also with the Viktor steak and Pizza with vine you can enjoy the delicious kitchen..

    No reservation required..

    Outside of viktor Levi

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    Lokanta: Modern ambiance in old Istanbul

    by tere1 Written Aug 13, 2006

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    This restaurant is owned by one of the best chefs in town, Mehmet Gurs. It has an excellent international cuisine selection and a very good wine list.

    It's very modern, with a high ceiling and a large bar. It serves international food new cuisine style. I had a delicious pizza with caramelized onions and chévre . Their famous dessert is the espresso chocolate soufflé.

    Higly recommended if you want to eat something different from the traditional turkish food in a hip atmosphere.

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    Saray: Turkish Desserts

    by backpackerbaby Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Different types of rice pudding and other desserts are placed in the display window saying, 'Come and take me!' to all the people passing the shop on the busy main street.

    Not kidding, you'll totally agree with the above description if you pass by.

    Apart from serving desserts, Saray also serves cooked food like kebap and soup.

    I've visited Saray twice during my three days in istanbul. The first time I tried asure (Noah's Ark pudding made of over 40 ingredients) and kazandibi (caramelized pudding) while the second time I tried a baked rice pudding and a cherry rice pudding. They were sooooo delicious!!!

    Price per dessert: around 2 Million Turkish Lira

    Favorite Dish: I liked Saray's baked rice pudding (fIrIn sutlac) and cherry rice pudding the most. The sweetness was just right!

    On the left: asure, on the right: kazanbidi

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    Kalamar Restaurant: Kalamar Restaurant on Buyukada (Princes' Islands)

    by AcornMan Written Mar 26, 2004

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    While we were looking around to find tickets to the boat to the Princes' Islands at Eminonu, a very nice man approached us, gave us very helpful instructions about where to buy our ticket and where to get on the boat. At first we expected that he was just another salesman, but he was extremely friendly and helpful and wanted nothing more than to give us the business card for his restaurant on the ocean front on Buyukada, the largest of the Princes' Islands. After our debacle trying to find the beach (see my Off the Beaten Path entry), we decided a relaxing meal was in order, and so we tracked down Kalamar Restaurant and proceeded to spend about two hours leisurely eating and enjoying the beautiful view and cool ocean breeze.

    Favorite Dish: Although it is primarily a seafood restaurant, Kalamar had other Turkish food as well. Everything we ate was fantastic, the staff was very friendly, and it ended up salvaging our entire trip to the island.

    Kalamar Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Marmara

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    Otantik: Delicious food + Nice Environment @ Otantik

    by backpackerbaby Written Jan 10, 2004

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    "Expensive" - the only feeling the front door of Otantik gave me. However, I was totally cheated. Despite the restaurant is nicely decorated, the prices of food are very reasonable. In addition, the restaurant is very large (totally 3 floors) and you can choose to sit at anywhere you want. During my visit, I chose the highest floor. Although there were no other guests on that floor, the staff didn't show any unhappy face to us.

    We ordered:
    - green salad
    - chicken rolls
    - stuffed vine leaves
    - gozleme with spinach
    - beer
    - cheery juice
    and we paid 25 Million Turkish Lira.

    Favorite Dish: The food was so delicious especially the chicken rolls and the vine leaves.

    Very comfortable environment.

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  • Oz Adana Idris Usta: The Adana Kebab Saga

    by mehbos37 Written Dec 19, 2003

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    As a gourmet in Adana Kebab , I occasionally go and try every Kebab Restaurant Ýn Istanbul..
    Eating a kebab is a ritual for me and the other Adanian friends..
    We still go to trendy places like Tike,Kosebasi but our last discovery is Oz Adana Idris at Tarabya..
    Our grand jury voted this tiny restaurant as the most succesfull Adana Kebab house in Istanbul..
    The staff is excellent,very polite,the food is really superb..And the price is incredibly cheap..You can have a 2 hour non stop session for 5-6 USD..

    Favorite Dish: The new cook Yusuf Usta has been transferred from a famous restaurant in the city of Adana and he is very enthusiastic with his job...
    Adana kebab is my fist choice.
    Ezme (tiny sliced tomatoes with spicy onions)Salad is very delicious..
    Small Turkish pizzas (Lahmacun) are good for starters..

    Adana Kebab
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    Kanaat Lokantasi: Classic Turkish kitchen

    by TheTurkishBrit Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    From soups and salads to delicious desserts, this restaurant serves beautifully prepared, tasty Ottoman Turkish cuisine. It is also worth a visit to enjoy the beautiful ceramics that cover the walls.

    Favorite Dish: Hunkar Begendi: meatballs with a smoky aubergine and tomato sauce
    and for dessert
    Asure: an indescribable dessert, which can be made badly, but Kanaat's is the best!

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    Hamdi Et Lokantasi: The finest Kebab house

    by TheTurkishBrit Written Dec 21, 2003

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    Hamdi has been in business for over thirty years and serves the finest examples of South Eastern Turkish food. In the summer take a seat on the roof terrace and enjoy the sunset over the Golden Horn and the call to prayer echoing form numerous mosques around you. As the night draws in the Bosphorus lights up to add even more magic to the experience.
    Make sure you call ahead to book,especially if you want one of the tables with the best view.

    Favorite Dish: Definitely the pistachio kebabs, succulent meatballs stuffed with nuts. Also the hashasli kebab, with poppy seed and testi kebab, cooked in a terracotta pot and then broken open at the table.

    a real kebab

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    Markiz of Beyoglu: Tasty ice creams deserts chocolates and drinks....

    by hokomoko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great historic pastry shop located on Istiklal street from early 1900's is still serving to the people who like to spend time in such beautiful places...On the walls of this place also awailable to watch the wonderfull art nuveau ceramics wth paintings on them.

    Favorite Dish: Mon markiz chocolates......

    tram pera infront of passagMarkiz /Istanbul-Turkey
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    Brasserie Nisantasi: "to see and be seen" place, day and night

    by Alikatt Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    It is a well-crafted, fine establishment with indoor/ourdoor seating in the most fashionable district/corner in Istabul - Abdi Ipekci Caddesi in Nisantasi. In winter 2004 and last summer, I stayed right acrosss Beymen so it was so convenient to walk over for a cuppa, drinks in the afternoon or pre-party cocktails or just to watch fellow fashionistas and ladies who lunch and hang out in between their shopping pursuits. Beymen, Istanbul's answer to Neiman Marcus can be accessed by a door at the back of the restaurant. Be warned since you will be tempted to shop once you walk in there...

    Favorite Dish: Their menu is continental but leaning toward French. I like the salad nicoise or the steak with frites. I also like to have brunch there in the summer weekends. Sitting al fresco is preferable. Drinks are around $12 and breakfast is $15-20. Lunch, $25-35 without alcoholic beverage.

    I guess I came too early
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    Tarihi Eminonu: Fish Sandwich by the sea

    by backpackerbaby Written Jan 10, 2004

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    It's really funny to see some small tables and small plastic chairs scattering around near the pier. When you walk closer, your nose will tell you why. There is a floating boat selling barbecued fish sandwich at Eminonu. Feel free to take a seat after purchase!

    Favorite Dish: The only dish available is fish sandwich, 1.5 MililonTurkish Lira.

    Smells so good!
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  • Dogatepe: Viewtiful breakfast on a lazy sunday morning..

    by kedi+ Written Feb 9, 2004

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    Dogatepe is located in Etiler, on the hills very near to Bosphorus University.. It has a breathtaking beautiful view.. Actually you may have all the kinds of meal there but in my opinion it's the best for a breakfast...

    Favorite Dish: Creps..

    Hmm what a nice weather..

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    Fresh Seafood

    by KaterinaJordan Written Apr 15, 2004

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    In many places you can find this kind of "fast food" especially near the old bridge. This fish is called "palamida" and they cook it in front of you inside the boats. Take care because this fish may cause you problems in the stomach as it is very "oily".

    If you insist in tasting it, prefer a restaurant.

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