I wandered along this stretch of Istanbul for a few reasons. One being that I had been picked up by the van(for an afternoon cruise) that I was taking and this street was part of our route.
I eventually chose this restaurant because it was 8:45 p.m. and I was getting a bit hungry. Hadn't eaten since mid afternoon on cruise.
The waiter was very attentive and I ended up ordering a lamb casserole and a glass of wine. The waiter brought a small tray of olives, a bottle of water and bread w butter. Fine and dandy. There was a pleasant Russian family and a loud American couple.
The casserole was very good.
At one point, he gave me a bit more wine-'on the house'.
When I did get the bill, I was surprised to see charges for items that I hadn't ordered. It was likely the olives and water. I complained and he reduced the bill by a few liras. It was the principle of the matter.
Note: When I got back to my hotel room I checked in my Turkish/English book and couldn't find any of the items in the book. So maybe, it wasn't even Turkish.
Basically, I don't like being charged for something that I didn't order. Either don't charge for these items or tell me up front or put them on the menu with prices.
Would only recommend this place with warnings.
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