We read about this restaurant on Trip Advisor. It was near the Hilton where we stayed, so we walked to it. We walked, and walked and walked... The streets were not well marked and the lanes narrow and confusing. We finally realized that had we come out of the Hilton driveway closest to Taksim Square (the entrance drive, not the exit) and crossed the street, the street for the restaurant was right there and the place itself was downhill on the left a few blocks. After a while we found it and as we finally arrived, starving, there was a massive power failure in the whole area. The owners were quite dismayed and we felt badly that their dinner service was probably not going to happen. We left and found an inferior meal someplace with electricity. Too bad.
We went back two nights later and they recognized us as the couple who came as the power failed, and they could not have been nicer. You are not going to accidentally come across this place, unless you are staying in the (quite safe and quaint, but very hilly) neighborhood. It was worth the walk, hunt and wait.
The most dominant thing about the restaurant is the huge and lovely metal grill hood with the establishment's name on it. Beneath that the chef does wonders with all sorts of Turkish food. Little to no English was spoken the night we went. This is for locals, not tourists, so the menu is not translated. That caused us to get adventurous and we just pointed at a few things -and we had a number of wonderful, fresh and delicious courses. They serve beer and we noted couples bringing in their own wine, which the staff decanted and poured for them.
The salads were large and fresh and delicious. We had several different meat dishes (we had no idea what we were ordering) that turned out to be lovely surprises. Mostly grilled and differently spiced we had lamb grilled and with a light sauce, chicken also grilled in a yougurt-based sauce with some unknown but delicious herb in it, and what tasted like a mix lamb and beef sort of stewed and served with eggplant. All of it was excellent and nicely served and presented.
The staff was friendly and attentive. This is a neighborhood place that welcomes strangers. It was worth every lira we paid for the many courses we enjoyed. Credit cards were accepted and in 10 minutes we were able to be back at the hotel. Will go again on future trips.
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