We chose this restaurant from the Istanbul Eats book we received with The Culinary Backstreets tour we did (awesome, see our review). It was hard to find, thank goodness for google maps! The walk was through a run down area of Istanbul, but felt safe. Walking into the lantern lit courtyard was a pleasant surprise. We booked a table for 8 pm, and was it almost half full, filling up as time went on. Obviously very popular with the local people. The fixed menu was a great relief from having to figure out a menu and choose our dishes. I think we counted 18 Mezes (Appertizers), All were lovely, some we enjoyed better than others, such as the salmon cerviche and octopus, but it was great to try so many different ones. The wine was lovely and better than we expected. We had raki for the first time which we really enjoyed, but be careful it has a strong alcoholic content! The main dishes of sea bass and mackerel were OK, but neither were memorable.
We thought the person bringing around fresh almonds on ice (which we tried) was a member of the staff and the almonds were part of the fixed menu. When he asked for 5 Euros we realized that he was an outside vendor. It took a little away from the joy of the experience, as we felt we were taken advantage of.
In summary, the ambiance was great, the appetizers were amazing, the main dishes a little underwhelming, but overall, a great experience which we we would highly recommend.
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