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    Haci Abdullah: The best aubergine dishes in town

    by Ingeborga Written Sep 7, 2012

    This restaurant came highly recommended by Rick Steve's, whom I trust completely. The decor is very subtle, not flashy. No loud music blasting from the speakers. Very polite staff who eagerly explain what each dish is made off, perhaps add some history to how this dish came about, what makes it popular.

    Favorite Dish: Unfortunately, the menu is not available online. I strongly recommend visitors try aubergine dishes. All of their beef and kebap dishes are great too. If you are into pickled fruits (compote), try it as well.

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    Various: Great Street Food

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Jul 4, 2012

    Street food is very plentiful in Turkey, quite varied, and wonderful. Some things are mainstays year round, like doner kebap ("gyros" to those familiar with the Greek term, common in the US). Others vary from season to season, as well, with freshly squeezed orange juice, roasted chestnuts, "hot" helva, salep (a hot, sweet milk drink thickened with orchid), roasted corn, cups of corn seasoned with whatever topping you want, and the like depending on the time of year. Some people are trepidatious, but we have eaten and drunk everything in Turkey and never had any problems, and this includes all manner of street food. Food and drink in Turkey are very safe.

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    HAFIZ MUSTAFFA - since 1864: THE TASTIEST SWEETS IN TURKEY

    by cheerssweetie Updated Jul 9, 2011

    If you have a liking for sweets than you have reach the ultimate Baklava, Turkish delight (Lokum) sweet heaven in Turkey.

    I am not really into sweets but the tasty morsels at this store are melt in your mouth out of this world.

    There is many types of baklava and turkish delight here but you are allowed to taste them before purchasing. Note the price per kilo is alot more expensive than most other places but the quality, taste etc is second to none.

    You may eat them there in the upstairs cafe, takeaway or they can be vaccum packed for travel.

    Favorite Dish: My favourites where the baklavas with walnuts and hazelnuts in them.

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    Hamdi Restaurant: Refuge Near the Grand Bazaar

    by paradise42 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you need a place to relax and recover from the Grand Bazaar and are feeling hungry, you might want to visit nearby Hamdi Restaurant - this dining establishment has been in operation for over 30 years and has won several prestigious awards. The outdoor roof-top dining room affords a sweeping view of the Golden Horn, but can be uncomfortably hot under an intense summer sun. The second floor indoor dining room is both well-appointed and air-conditioned. We found the staff to be highly attentive and polite. It was the only restaurant we dined at where water was included! Very clean including the restrooms.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered the lamb kebap which was as good as any other we've had in Turkey. The accompanying side dishes were also not bad. On a scale of 1-5, I'd give the food here a solid 3, service a 4, and ambiance a 4. Our lunch cost $14 for two, including tip.

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    7 Mehmet restaurant: The Best Of Antalya

    by msc_23 Updated Nov 27, 2010

    The combination of an appertaining stuff,the best quality foods,the traditonal Turkish drink raki and of course the lovely scene of the mediterranean sea ;)

    Favorite Dish: Every meal at 7 mehmet is high quality but my personal best part the ones with flesh.They put a great attention to hygene and meat's taste.If you want to have sth special and diffrent tell ahmet the best waiter over there to get you a"onur's special" ;)

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  • Havan Restaurant: Best Kebab in Istanbul! Don't Miss.

    by syseng Written Sep 26, 2010

    It's a family restaurant. also they accept group reservation. they cooking meat foods who expert in kebab. the restaurant it's clean. i've never ever seen like this. they playing middle-east music also folk music. sometimes i hear violin. restaurant has wifi (free) so u can use while eating your kebab.

    Favorite Dish: havan kebab it's special. i prefer and suggest this kebab. also their pida with special minced meat they called as "lahmacun" superb.

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    Bi Lokma (Mamma's Kitchen) - Kas: Wonderful homestyle cooking

    by al2401 Written Feb 13, 2010

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    This is an unpretentious restaurant set on a terrace surrounded with colourful plants. the atmosphere is infectious, relaxed gaiety. It is run by a local woman and her mother and aunt.

    The food is typically Turkish - freshly prepared with no processed food in sight. Mamma's Pastry is a specialty of the house. There is a choice of meats or vegetarian and the salads are amazing as are the soup and mezes. The restaurant is licenced.

    Prices are very reasonable - 3 courses and a beer is approximately 25 -30 ytl.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed all the food I ate here and yes, the pastry is good - literally stuffed with meat and vegetables and would satisfy the biggest appetite. There is of course a vegetarian option.

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    Imren Kitabevi & Cafe, Istanbul: An excellent coffee house

    by hopang Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    Imren Kitabevi & Cafe is one of the most popular cofee houses along the popular Istiklal Caddesi in the city of Istanbul. It is usually packed with local and foreign tourists in the evening and at night. Its business hours are between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 midnight daily. Take the opportunity to chill out at this popular coffee house when you visit Istiklal Caddesi for shopping or pleasure!

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    Can't remember the name of the restaurant: Superb seafood restaurant in Istanbul

    by hopang Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    We cannot remember the name of this wonderful Turkish seafood restaurant. It is located on a lane off the left hand side of Istiklal Cadessi towards Taksim Square approximately half way between Galata Tower and Taksim Square. The restaurant is one of the numerous seafood restaurants located along the lane packed with local and foreign tourists especially in the evening. They served excellent and delicious small dish appetizers.

    You pick your live fish from the aquarium from shops opposite the restaurant. You can also choose other fresh seafood chilled with ice displayed outside the shops such as the mouth-watering octopus, oysters, crabs, king prawns and lobsters. The rest will be taken care of by the restaurant and they will cook the seafood of your choice in less than half an hour.

    The waiters are very friendly and the services are impeccable it has to be said. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned. They gave us the restaurant's name card and a bill for the food. Unfortunately we have lost them. If you can recognise the restaurant from our photographs above, please let us know the name of the restaurant so that we can update the page!

    Favorite Dish: Delicious Turkish cooking of fish of your choice from the aquarium. Small dish appetizers, fried octopus, fried prawns and fresh oysters can be recommended.

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    Road restaurant: Gelibolu

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2009

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    On our way from Eceabat (the northern coast of the Dardanelles) to Istanbul we ha a stop in a road restaurant near Gelibolu. It is situated at the Edirne-Çanakkale Yolu. We had our lunch with traditional Turkish food. It took us half an hour.

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    Café in Tevfikiye: Troy

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2009

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    A small café is located in Tevfikiye – 600 meters from the famous wooden horse. You can have a short rest there and buy a cap of wonderful Turkish tea for 2 YTL ($1,5).
    There are a lot of souvenir shops nearby and the Schliman's house.

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    Kalif Hotel Restaurant: Ayvalik

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2009

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    The Kalif Hotel serves the delicious food at the main restaurant. Turkey is famous for its salads; so do not miss them at Ayvalik. They make exotic salads with almost everything and they taste great, all of them (hidden photos)!
    You can also have tasty drinks at lobby bar or pool bar.

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    Bergama: Bergama 2

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2009

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    After our excursion to the Acropolis of Pergamon we stayed in the local restaurant with the same name "Bergama". It was rather good for having a quick lunch of full of impressions and tired tourists.

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    Coffeehouse: Bergama

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2009

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    A pleasant coffeehouse is located just at the top of Acropolis Hill near the parking (several tens meters above it). I had a few minutes before our bus departure and took an advantage to taste a cup of Turkish coffee (3YTL).

    Coffeehouse culture is highly developed in the former Ottoman world.
    Turkish coffee is coffee prepared by boiling finely powdered roast coffee beans in a pot (cezve), possibly with sugar, and serving it into a cup, where the dregs settle.
    Still, the words for "coffee" and "coffeeshop" remained unchanged using the Ottoman Turkish forms kahve and kahvehane.

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    Grand Ozcelik Restaurant: Kusadasi

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2009

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    Turkish and international dishes are served at the open buffet restaurant. You can enjoy different delicacies at the restaurant available on-site and also have tasty refreshments and drinks at the snack bar.

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