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“Cool but pricey, a central restaurant that doesn't feel especially Turkish”
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Changa
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is, apparently, one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, according to a London-based poll. That's nonsense of course, though a London-based chef, Peter Gordon, is involved, which may go some way to explaining the high PR profile.

Peter Gordon’s restaurants are never cheap, and this one is no exception. The overall experience here, is pretty good,though, and our party of six found the service (criticised in some other reports) to be good and friendly. The setting is cool too, though the charm of the various tables in the multi-floor townhouse setting vary widely.

The food (and wine) generally – if not invariably – measured up to the prices. The food is quite innovative too, but there's little about it that seemed especially Turkish. Indeed, with the largely English-speaking clientele (and the commendably Anglophone staff), you felt you might equally well be in Amsterdam or Berlin.

But such is the nature of the international foodie trail.

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Thank Acer sed justus
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The food was OK, but a bit pricy. The wine was extremely expensive. We felt claustrophobic. The service was very poor. Not a great experience.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Nice atmosphere & decent (but not perfect) service, but I'd describe the food as just "average plus". It came to just over GBP£100 for two people for one course plus wine, water and service which, even with a strong Turkish currency, is not good value when you convert to sterling.

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Thank Worldtraveler67
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Recommended by friend, it is very important to book in advance to go to the restaurant. Located close to tahrir square, we were welcomed by fruity cocktails at the bar. Then we were seated on a nice table in the middle of very particular decorations. Service was very refined, food is exquisite and staff is very professional. Price is a bit high compared to other local restaurants, but really worth it. I recommend the Fish.

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I had a really enjoyable meal at Changa. We opted for the taster menu and pretty much everything on it I would eat again. Fresh fusion ideas, good service, as somone else mentioned the wines including the imported ones are pretty reasonable by Istanbul standards. Just off Taksim Square but keep your eyes open it is easy to miss, dark wood doors with a bloke ready to open them for you but that is my only real criticism, the entrance is disconcertingly dim to the point you are not sure what is going on. I suppose it is some designers idea of chic! Once inside it is very nice and has a quirky glass floor section you can see into the kitchen through. Highly recomended.

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2  Thank Jonathan H
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