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“Great food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cooking Alaturka

Cooking Alaturka
Akbiyik Caddesi 72a | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
902124585919
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Ranked #293 of 11,070 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $27 - $27
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Very close to the Blue Mosque, this is not an authentic Turkish experience...all the diners when we were there were middle class tourists, but frankly in this case who cares?

The food was fantastic: warm yoghurt and mint soup to start, slow cooked green beans in garlic, onion and tomato then Aubergine stuffed with beef and lamb followed by figs for dessert.

Service was great: informal, friendly, knowledgable and efficient.

Go there! You'll struggle to find better food.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fun Cooking Class...Delicious Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Cooking Alaturka is a four-hour Turkish cooking course. Eveline and her chef, Feyzi, showed us how to cook a five-course authentic Turkish dinner, which included hot yogurt soup with mint; green runner beans; zucchini patties with herbs and cheese; split belly eggplant stuffed with minced lamb and beef. For dessert, we cooked walnut-stuffed Turkish figs in syrup covered with grated coconut. Everything was so delicious. I highly recommend this cooking adventure!

Visited October 2013
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“As many stars as possible...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Just finished lunch here. Incredible! For 55TL per person, this meal is a steal. 3 courses plus dessert. Each was fantastic.

For lunch, we were the only ones there at 1pm. Consider eating lunch here (same menu), rather than dinner. You can avoid the crowds.

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“A few things to improve but good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We looked for this place after the advice of a friend and after reading a nice review on a guide.
So: we tried once to have dinner there, but it was closed for a short vacation. The night after we tried again but the place was crowded. So we made a reservation for a third night and we managed to have dinner there (yes, we were quite persistent).

Each meal they have a different set menu which is really good a really cheap (only 55TL = 18 euro) and includes typical Anatolian recipes: 3 dishes + dessert. Some of them may look even quite common but they are completely at different level compared to other restaurants of the city: the dolmas, for example, are very peculiar (filled with lamb, mint, and spices...mmmm).

There are a couple of things which could be better: first, the do prepare dishes only for a number of customers equal to the number of seats of the place so, once the place is full, they don't accept any more customers (which is what happened to us the second time we went there). I understand this allows them to keep very low prices and it has other positive sides BUT

INSTEAD OF JUST SENDING AWAY POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS WITHOUT EVEN A SMILE OR AN EXPLANATION I THINK THEY COULD EXPLAIN HOW THE RESTAURANT WORKS OR AT LEAST THEY COULD PUT SOME ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE DOOR.
Of course, if you have a restaurant like this in Sultanahmet, you don't need to look for customers because your place will be always full but a different attitude and a little smile would be really appreciated.

Another thing that should really be improved is the toilet which has access literally from the kitchen: a real turn off.

But apart from this things, I still consider a place anyone should try...if you remember to make a reservation.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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cookingalaturka, Owner at Cooking Alaturka, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are very happy to hear how much you liked the food and the value that we offer.

Yes, we only do one seating at night. This has been a conscious choice from the start, since the cooking classes keep us very busy, working double shifts most days We are a small place with just a few staff. We don't like to rush our guests through their dinner, so once they're seated they tend to stay quite long, too long to turn tables around. Our kitchen is too small to prepare for a double shift, unless we were to start freezing things and preparing loads in advance. We like things fresh and don't even have a freezer... So... one shift per evening, one menu per shift/day and...

We do have a paper on the door saying it is best to make a reservation. My general experience is that in small restaurants around the world, it is usually best to make a reservation.

Another common thing with small restaurants, especially in historical neighbourhoods, seems to be that the WC is rarely in a fantastic location... Besides the plumbing issue, the lay-out does not always allow for a convenient spot. If not close to the kitchen, it might be next to a table or outside under lock and key...

We hope to see you back on your next visit for another freshly cooked Turkish meal!
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“Amazing Turkish Cooking Class!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

My husband and I recently traveled to Istanbul for New Years and decided to take a cooking class to start of the year with creativity. What a wonderful decision that was! Cooking Alaturka offers a 3 hour participatory cooking class and is extremely well organized and so much fun! We were in a group of 10 and were able to help prep and cook a five course meal, featuring many Turkish specialties such as dolmasi and "the Imam fainted". It was very hand's on and very informational and the Chef is absolutely hilarious! After the cooking class, the group then sat together to enjoy a lovely meal and wine. For only 65 Euros we thoroughly enjoyed a 3 hour cooking class and a several hour meal with new friends. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Istanbul and wanting to really submerge themselves in the culture. What a find!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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