This thread is dedicated to all those people who fear that this forum whitewashes Istanbul and does not give potential visitors an honest viewpoint of what they can expect. I strongly suggest that we do not debate these posts but just let them "hang out" where visitors can read them at their leisure without comment or refutation.
This would be the thread where people should report all those dreadful experiences with taxi drivers, carpet salesmen, hotel owners, hotel staff, restaurants, servers, ferrys, bargaining for goods....you know, all the bad stuff!
So to get the ball rolling......The thing I hate about Istanbul is..............lamb. I am going to admit it. I used to love it, but now I don't. I recently read a book about Turkish food. The author claimed that lamb in Turkey was better because of the location and method of raising lamb. I had two lamb dishes that I really enjoyed and perhaps the lamb came from this special region. The rest of the lamb I ate was too strong. One bite and I was right back in my grandma's kitchen with a big leg of mutton roasting in the oven. I tried. I really tried, but after two weeks I gave up and started ordering beef. On our last night in Istanbul Hakan grilled lamb for us on the rooftop of our hotel. It was fantastic! I think it was the lamb, but it might have been the lights over Sultanahmet, the breeze coming in from the water, the delightful conversations of our guests and hosts or the knowledge that I would not eat it again for many months.
Now, no one is to respond and tell me how wrong my dislike of lamb is. No one is to send recipes to me. No one is to recommend restaurants where I might enjoy lamb. No one is to question my loyalty to Istanbul because I did not like the lamb. Certainly no one should provide any suggestions to help me overcome my dislike of lamb. This is the thread for things we hate in Istanbul and I should have the unequivocal right to hate lamb without discussion or debate.
Have at it folks.....tell us what you hate!