We were first time visitors to Istanbul, but we had only a sketchy knowledge of Turkish cuisine so when an employee at the Park Hyatt Istanbul, (a stone's throw from the Kosebasi which meant we didn't have to venture into city traffic) recommended it as "authentic" we walked across the street and settled into a lively dinner scene. The diners accounted for the noise, but the servers and cooks provided the bustle which at the evening wore on, bordered on mayhem.
If you are not familiar with the cooking in this part of the Mediterranean, you can simply ask the waiter who can describe the different dishes. There are always the "mezzes" or little bites that can ordered as starters. Don't let your eyes overwhelm your stomach (three different choices are plenty!) and be sure to ask about the "spiciness" of the plates. We had one innocuous-looking couscous plate, but we couldn't take the heat. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the main dishes, but it was a kebap--thin slices of a combination of meats that had been grilled.
The desserts were not extraordinary, but maybe we just ordered wrong.
Make a reservation; the place is always busy! Service can be sketchy. A table of 16 arrived just before we ordered our dessert and it was impossible to get any attention. We were about to employ our "desperation walk"--appear to get up as if we are going to leave without paying--you can imagine how quickly someone comes to your table--when we spotted a manager and he "managed" to get a server's attention.
All in all, we'd be delighted to return. The restaurant has a lot to offer and better planning--you might want to order the dessert when you get your main course--can make it a terrific dining experience.
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