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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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  • 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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    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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    Besinci Kat (The Fifth Floor): Sunset at Bosphorous

    by Gokcecicek Written Nov 16, 2003

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    When I was working near Taksim, in Cihangir, I was used to go to Besinci Kat. It is the fifth floor of a renovated building near Alman Hastanesi (German Hospital) in Siraselviler Caddesi. The restaurant has a terrace where you can enjoy the Bosphorous view during summer. The restaurant turns into a bar by late night. It is managed by an actress (Yasemin Alkaya) and you can feel her artistic taste at every detail of this place.
    No matter what you wear. Gays are welcomed at this place. Warning: They don't accept credit cards. Go with cash in your pocket.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite starter is stuffed mushroom with ham and cheese and my favorite dish is homemade ravioli. Their salads are delicious as well.

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    Savoy Patisserie: Breakfast at Savoy Patisserie

    by Gokcecicek Written Nov 16, 2003

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    All my French friends were used to claim that the best croissant in town is in Savoy. I was used to have my breakfast in Savoy. It is a basic, simple and small patisserie in Cihangir area. But their cookies, sandwiches are delicious.

    Favorite Dish: I like small sandwiches with cheese or ham or tongue cooked in Turkish style (which means boiled and cooled, thin slices)

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  • Gazebo: A quiet place among the continents.

    by mehbos37 Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    Gazebo was built as a summer resort for a very noble Ottoman Pasha a few centuries ago..
    Now ,after a careful renovation, serving as a cafe-restaurant in Yenikoy..
    Very elegant,silent and blessed with a full view of the bosphorus..
    There is a very sweet Gazebo in the middle of the garden which gave the name to the place..

    Favorite Dish: I recommend all kinds of salads..

    Definitely a good choice for a breakfast of brunch...
    Order all kinds of Turkish cheese and jams..
    Very delicious.
    Afiyet olsun..(Bon appetit)

    Yenikoy,Istanbul
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    FRESH FISH AT EMINONU

    by parsix Written May 13, 2004

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    Surely never done this before. Go to Eminonu Port and strall along the waterfront. Wonder why it's so crowded? Local fishermen come at the end of the day to sell the catch of the day. Grill fish on a bagette. Help your self to some lemon juice and salt.

    Find an empty seat and join the locals. It is so yummi you wil lick your fingers. ;o)

    fish at the port
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    Ortakoy Cafes

    by Erkmen Updated Oct 8, 2003

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    Ortakoy is a pleasant district on the edge of the Bosphorus.. And is active all day long and at nights..

    One favourite thing in Ortakoy, is to have Breakfast or Brunch on sunday mornings. There are many cafes you can choose and you will have one of yr nicest breakfast with the Bosphorus view..

    You can have the breakfast plate or ask for an omlette or if you have a special choice you can try.. After the breakfast you can tour around the Flea market..

    Mario, My sister & My  wife..
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    Pandelli Restaurant: 100 yearsold kitchen

    by Gokcecicek Written Oct 28, 2003

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    Pandelli was opened at the beginning of 20th century and it is the oldest restaurant in Eminonu area. It is open only for lunch, 11:30am to 3:30pm and open Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Religious Holidays. There is full bar. Its inside seating capacity is120 persons. Reservations are required.

    Favorite Dish: The food is not excellent but the place is original.

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    AMEDROS RESTAURANT

    by parsix Written May 13, 2004

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    % Located on an alley in Sultanahmet, this place offers a wonderful experience of local cuisine.

    Small and cossy the place was pretty crowded the day I went. They have a few tables at the entrance of the restaurant, but I really enjoyed the relax and lay back ambience inside.

    Menu is quite extensive and plenty of options are available for vegetarians. All the dishes are carefully season and cooked with local products.

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    Kizkulesi: Restaurant at the gate of Bosphorous

    by Gokcecicek Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You will be having your dinner in a building that witnessed the history since 341 B.S. which is at the gate of Bosphorous.

    Favorite Dish: Food is average (unexpectedly average compared to their prices). But I recommend you to go there and have a very romantic night. The building and the view are amazing.

    They serve as a cafe between 12:00 - 19:00.

    For transportation please check:
    http://www.kizkulesi.com.tr/pages/ulasim.asp

    Sorry that their website is in Turkish. :(

    However you can call them.

    Kizkulesi / Bosphorous
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    Cennet: Kebabs and Crepes

    by mightywease Updated Oct 5, 2003

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    Cennet is a lovely traditional Turkish restaurant on Divan Yolu very near Cemberlitas.
    The menu consisits of dishes such as mixed appertizers (stuffed vine leaves, aubergine salad, tomato and chilli sauce), kebabs and gozleme (filled pancake)
    The food is prepared upstairs and lowered down from a gallery on the top floor. Except for the bread and gozelme which is perpared by a number of women in the middle of the restaurant. There are tables and chairs but its much more fun to sit on cushions on the floor, stretch out your legs and eat your food from the low tables.
    The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant, the staff friendly and eager to help, the food solid, tasty fare and the cost fantastic.
    For a mixed starter, a kebab, a potato pancake and drinks we paid 20,000,000 Turkish lira (about 8.60 sterling at the then exchange rate) between us. Bargainous!
    Opening Hours: 8.00am-11.00pm daily

    Favorite Dish: Mixed appetisers and freshly prepared bread.
    A wonderful mixture of tastes - tomato, aubergine, chilli and more - which you can mop up with satisfyingly warm and doughy bread. Delicious

    Inside Cennet Restaurant
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