Places to eat in Istanbul

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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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    Cafe Ti Amo: Tasty food on the Asian side

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    If you decide to take a trip to Asian side of Istanbul, Cafe Ti Amo is a good place to eat. It is crowded with locals during the day. It looks more like a McDonalds, but the food is really good and the prices are cheap.

    Favorite Dish: The best place in Istanbul for Adana kebob.

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    EVERYWHERE: GOZLEME

    by neodue Written Aug 22, 2007

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    It is turkish local junk food.Well it is not junk but it is fast food.Easy to have and chep to pay.
    Think a a pastry square or oval and they put in cheese,spinach,minced meat,potatoes and bake it on a open oven.In villages it is cooking on the wood fire in the cities cooking with LPG fire.Some places put more grease on it.Say "Yaghsiz" no grease if you want.If you are vegetarian chooese the chese or spinach one.

    Taste is yummy.:You can find it anywhere especially in Ortakoy,Sultanahmet (toristical places)
    cost is about 1,5ytl.

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    Kokorec and Iskembe

    by MalenaN Written Jun 5, 2004

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    When it comes to food made of intestines I only eat chicken liver (rarely) in Sweden.
    But in Turkey I had both Kokorec and Iskembe Soup.

    Kokorec: Sandwich with meat from the sheep intestine (the long things). It's mixed with tomatoes and spices.

    Iskembe soup: Soup made of sheep stomach. Added to the soup is fried butter, garlic sauce, lemon and red pepper.

    I don't know if I like these things (I don't dislike it though), but the taste is different and interesting. I can imagine that it is food you can miss if you are used to it and didn't have it for a long time.

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    Zeyrekhane: Eating in a open museum

    by traveloturc Updated Jul 15, 2006

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    Zeyrek means "wisdom" and Zeyrekhane means the "wisdom house"
    This is an unordinary restaurant situated in a restored wisdom house .It is also situated just in front of a Pantocrator Monastery and when you seat in the garden you can see all old istanbul around in a unforgettable ambience.Its like eating in a garden of open air museum
    All the accesories used in the decoration of the restaurant are original (genuine) .
    This is one of the favourite restaurant Of Rockfeller too.

    Favorite Dish: eggplant kebap,

    Zeyrekhane zeyrekhane restaurant in the night
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    Moda iskele restaurant: In the middle of Marmara

    by traveloturc Written Jul 27, 2006

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    this restaurant is situated on the asian side in a province called Moda ( moda means fashion )
    The restaurant area is a boat stop at the same time.This is really a different place to eat and enjoy the sea of marmara

    Favorite Dish: fish food

    moda iskele restaurant
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    Dining in the Cicek Pasaji's restaurants

    by Aggeliki Written Jan 16, 2005

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    The Cicek is one of the first European style buildings constructed during the Ottoman Empire's late-19th-century.It is situated on Istiklal Caddesi and is filled with restaurants. Ideal place to eat kebap or fish. Every weekend you will enjoy live turkish music by musicians who they come to your table playing music and singing.

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    Nevizade street: Local Customs

    by traveloturc Written Dec 27, 2006

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    Nevizade Sokak(street), off Sahne Sokak near the Çiçek Pasaji, is chock full of meyhanes (Turkish tavernas) serving excellent food and copious booze at outdoor tables in a bright, active, noisy atmosphere. It's great fun with a Turkish friend, though a bit daunting without. It's really a friendly scene, women are welcomed, and the waiters will do their best to include you. After a few minutes you're certain to have made some new friends among the Turkish and foreign diners.

    Favorite Dish: Your Nevizade Sokak dinner may be the most memorable of your entire Turkish trip. Choose any restaurant. If you're stumped, try Asirli, Boncuk, Çaglar, Kadri'nin Yeri, or Imroz.
    Order several plates of meze (Turkish hors d'oeuvres and salads), then a main course of meat or fish, and dessert if you have room. With white wine or raki (grape brandy flavored with anise), Please ask fish prices before you order! or preferably go there with a Turk !!!

    nevizade street
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    The Pudding Shop (a k a, Lale): Forget the history, this place is overpriced

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    The Pudding Shop used to be a meeting place for hippies planning trips into the Middle East. I read about it in the Lonely Planet guide book. Labeled as a "cheapish" restaurant, it is quite expensive when considering the fact that the food is nothing special. My main complaint is that there were mysterious charges on the bill. There are better places to eat in this part of Istanbul.

    Favorite Dish: The Iskender Kebob is pretty good. It is slices of lamb placed on pita bread and covered with tomato sauce and a sour creme type of yogurt.

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    Iskele restaurant: Near Rumeli Castle

    by traveloturc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    Iskele restaurant is build on a old boat pier (stop) on the bosphorus.Its also situated in european side very near to Rumeli Castle.
    You can enjoy your fishes or any other favourite foods sitting on the water of bosphorus literally..

    Favorite Dish: fishes according to the season ,grilled calamari

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    inci: For profiterole lovers

    by muratkorman Written Jun 20, 2007

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    This is the place to satisfy your tastebuds with delicious chocolate desserts. It is well known by locals and it is always crowded as located on istiklal street. The place doesn't look elegant, but who cares when you eat the best profiterole in Turkey? Beware the closing hour 10 pm. Don't miss it.

    Favorite Dish: Profiterole and Babaruaz, both of them contain a lot of chocolate inside.

    Can you resist? The entrance

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    Meshur Sultanahmet Koftecisi: Famous Meatball Restaurant

    by nicolaitan Written Mar 29, 2009

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    Translated as " Famous Sultanahmet Kofte Restaurant ", this undistinguished looking restaurant ( except for the sign ) is indeed famous for its kofte, spiced ground lamb served as sausage-shaped meatballs grilled over charcoal. One enters a narrow corridor containing the open kitchen and ascends a narrow staircase to a large dining room covered in formica and linoleum. Service is fast and efficient.
    Kofte in Turkey are like hamburgers in the United States, and most tables seemed to have ordered them. We combined them with a shepherd's salad of cucumbers, onions, ?chili, and the great Turkish tomatoes and the kofte came with a side of piyaz, salad with white beans. No alcoholic beverages, but a wide selection of cold sodas as well as tea and coffee are available.
    The food was excellent, the prices very reasonable - had we not ordered bottled sodas, the total cost for two would have been no more than $11-12 US.

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    Lacivert: NO 2 IN BOSPHORUS

    by traveloturc Updated Apr 17, 2011

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    Lacivert means Blue.This restaurant is situated on the asian side just under the Bridge of Fatih Sultan Mehmet.Specially in the summer time you can enjoy the "blue" of the boshorus.
    I warn you that its expensive but I hope that you can afford at least a coctail in the sunset.
    You can also enjoy the mediterranean sea food .
    This restaurant is No 2 restaurant in Boshorus ...

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    WRAP (DURUM): ANOTHER BUDGET FOOD 1

    by neodue Written Aug 22, 2007

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    Eastern Turkeys tradational bread is flat brad.Loaf bread is came from europe to here.
    If we get hungry we put cheese or something meat tomatoes apste anything yuou like put
    in and wrap it (durmek in turkish)Durum is wrapped mean.

    So we have a food cheap and make full you call DURUM.And who sell that food call DURUMCU.

    RATE
    1€=1,85 YTL
    ADANA DURUM (Minched meat with spicy cookeD on a large skewer)
    2,5 YTL
    URFA DURUM (Minched meat with no spice cookes on a large skewer)
    2,5 YTL
    TAVUK DURUM (CHICKEN SISH)
    2,00YTL
    KUZU ÞÝÞ (LAMB SKEWERED)
    3,00YTL
    TAVUK KANAT (CHCIKEN WINGS)
    2,00YTL
    CIGER SIS (LIVER SHIS)
    2,00YTL
    ALLT HOSE GRILLS COOKED ON COAL FIRE.CHOOSE THE COAL FIRE PLACES.MORE TASTY.

    ADANA DURUM (MINCED MEAT WITH SPICE) KUZU SIS (LAMB SHISH9 TAVUK DURUM  Chicken CIGER SHISH (LIVER)

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    Bereket: One of the best self-service in Istanbul

    by muratkorman Written Jun 20, 2007

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    This restaurant attracts many people walking on istiklal street as they pass by. You can find a wide variety of food shown behind the glass counter. You choose and take the food as you move along. You will enjoy the local specialties with reasonable prices.

    Yummy
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