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“Kaymak” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Haci Hasan Fehmi Ozsut 1915

Haci Hasan Fehmi Ozsut 1915
Kemankes Mah. Yemisci Hasan Sok. No:11 Beyoglu | Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #156 of 11,074 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Ice Cream
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“Kaymak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A whole in the wall place that delivers on Kaymak. Kaymak is cream made from domesticated water buffalo milk. Enjoy it with honey and bread. Don't forget the cay (tea). This family has been doing it since 1915 and they own their own water bufaloes. The only problem is that it is a little hard to find but look for the Akbank and you're there.

  • Visited July 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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“Great breakfast ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Great affordable place to grab breakfast. The six of us had large meals and tea for $40 total. The kaymak was delicious as was the menamen (egg scramble, tomatoes, cheese and sausage) and the lentil soup was also tasty.

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“Worth seeking this place out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Came for the kaymak, which I heard was some of the best. After trying it, I wouldn't doubt it - heavenly is a good word to describe it. Tried the eggs, and they were also very good. The hosts were very friendly and gracious, very engaging. Being around since 1915, this place has tons of local character. I'd like to have had a few more breakfasts here and sampled more of their menu, but I found this place the day before my flight back home. Definitely worth seeking out.

Some help with directions at this time. As with every place in Istanbul if you're a visitor, have a map. This restaurant is located very close to the northern end of the Galata Bridge, virtually next to it on the Karakoy side . At the time we visited it, the area surrounding it was undergoing renovations/reconstruction, and so a metal sheet wall made it difficult to see from the streets if you weren't standing where it'd be visible between the gaps in that temp wall. This could make it hard to find, and it was for us at first. If you're walking off the bridge, it'll be on your right. Just look for the temp metal wall and walk through it. The door to the restaurant should be easy to spot once you're there.

  • Visited May 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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“Best kaymak in Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

*Note: This place also goes by the name Karakoy Ozsut. The entrance says Haci Hasan Fehmi, reflecting the name Hasan who is the 3rd generation and current owner. Step inside and on the walls you will see featured articles about this place aka Karakoy Ozsut*

We not only discovered our favorite breakfast dive in Istanbul at Karaköy Özsüt but a new friendship was made between us and the owner Hasan. For that, Karaköy Özsüt will always have a special place in our hearts. The interior is unimpressive and the fluorescent lights are dull. But, this is what it gives it soul and for their sake, we hope Karaköy Özsüt remains the perfect way it is.

Known as having one of the best kaymak in Istanbul, Karaköy Özsüt has its own herd of buffalos whose fresh milk is used to make kaymak (Turkish clotted cream) that makes up a huge part of a traditional Turkish breakfast. A heaping of kaymak and honey are served together on a plate; smeared onto bread and eaten. The kaymak here put us right into a clotted cream high with its smoothness and creaminess. There is something about the Turkish clotted cream that despite its indication of "cream", it does not leave you feeling heavy and sluggish or like one of those feelings where you feel you've really had enough of NY cheesecake. In fact, after a breakfast full of kaymak, I dream of eating it again and again.

Another must-have classic Turkish breakfast item is menemen: scrambled eggs made with tomato, cheese, spices. Sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage) is a common favorite added to menemen so be sure to request for that. The menemen is flavorful while exploding with different combinations of spices which we could not tell what exactly they were except to just savor each spoonful of it.

Hasan also makes the best lentil soup, ever. We have been hooked since.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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