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“OK, but could do better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Han Restaurant

The Han Restaurant
Cankurtaran Mah, Alemdar Cd. Soguk Cesme Sk. No. 26 | Sultanahmet, Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
(0212)5266262
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Ranked #2,627 of 11,471 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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11 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“OK, but could do better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

As with other reviewers we were enticed in by what we thought would be an authentic Turkish experience on the way back from the sites; lady cooking in window, tapestries on wall, sitting on cushions etc. I and a chicken salad and wife had lamb stew. Food was ok as was service. Not sure I would go there for a full blown meal. It is obviously designed to catch passing tourist trade, which it does very well.

Visited July 2013
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Hobart, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Dontbe fooled by the old lady in the front window!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I wish we read the reviews on this place before we spent way too much and received below average food. The yummy looking goze thingys aren't yummy at all with fake raspberry sauce,chocolate sauce squeezed out of a tube and cost 16 tL. They also forget to mention they have a service charge. Don't eat here!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Perth
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Restaurant with the girl in window making Gozleme (Pancakes)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Together with our friends we went to this restaurant 4 nights in a row!! The food was superb. The meze was excellent and plentiful but tended to dull the appetite for more of their other excellent foods. The staff particularly Mr Unal and is son Mehmet were wonderful. The other good news was the value. Would go again.

Visited May 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“All style, no substance”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We walked past this restaurant on out way to Topkapi palace and thought it looked lovely, so decided to go there for dinner that evening. Unfortunately aside from the appearance there was little else to commend it! We initially requested the pancakes, but were told they had finished. To our surprise, the mixed grill cost 110TL (for two) but thought, rather naively, that there must be something to it. The grill arrived with a bowl of fire in the centre, when I asked what the purpose of it was, I was informed 'its designer!'.. hmm ok. The quantity of meat was very poor considering the cost (5 pieces each), and the taste uninspiring. Unfortunately, to top this off, the flames seemed to make the meat taste slightly bitter!. All in all, disappointing and a waste of money. I've had better Turkish food in Sheffield!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“A little overhyped.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We walked into the restaurant for lunch before our visit to the Archaeology Museum and honestly, from the outside, this restaurant looks lovely. I can only imagine how much nicer it might look at night.

The decor is very pretty and very Turkish with bright rugs and an option to sit down on cushions as well. We naturally had a higher expectation of this restaurant but it was more or less okay.

We ordered some gozleme and hummus which was good but nothing to write home about.
The service was quick enough.

The restaurant is a bit on the pricier side - but to be fair, they do they have their menu with prices displayed outside. The portions were good.

They include a 10% (approx) service charge to their bill and accept only Visa and Mastercard besides cash.

Overall, it is a nice little pretty place and if the food was better, it would be an awesome place.
If TA had a "good" rating, I would give it - but not a "very good" one.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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