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“A Taste of Persian Cuisine in Istanbul” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hayyam Restaurant

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Hayyam Restaurant
Birinci Cad. No:50, Turkey
0 212 287 58 38
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Cuisines: Persian
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“A Taste of Persian Cuisine in Istanbul”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

On a corner spot in quaint Arnavutkoy neighborhood of Istanbul's Bosporus communities, the Hayyam Restaurant (named after Omar Khayyam, the Persian mathematician and poet) offers a serene and comfortable atmosphere for a variety of Persian dishes some of which are quite wonderful. For example, the Persian style eggplant salad and the Persian yogurt and cucumber salad are sublime and the saffron-infused Persian ice cream is exceptional. Kebobs, Persian rice and stews are equally delicious. Family style serving of food makes the experience fun and convivial. In Istanbul, it is hard to compete with all those wonderful Turkish-specialty restaurants but this one does a nice job offering tastes of a neighboring cuisine of distinct flavors and methods of cooking, and a good spot to venture beyond the familiar.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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