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“Highly overpriced” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mostra Balik

Mostra Balik
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Ranked #436 of 13,374 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $40 - $90
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Highly overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

We were tempted by the expectation of fresh fish - we chose the fish we wanted from the chilled cabinet, but when it arrived, instead of a whole fish, it was filleted. Now, I know how many fillets one gets from a whole fish and the miserable half fillet fell far short of that. The waiters do not speak English (or pretend not to) and so we couldn't get our views across. Rest of the meal was similar, greasy food and not what I would have hoped for. Definitely not worth a visit and a waste of money.

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fresh and tasty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

The staff were very attentive and welcoming. We are from Midwest USA and they explained the dishes and showed us the fresh fish options. Everything was very tasty and the view is nice too. Healthy and yummy - all 6 of us, including picky less-adventurous eaters and world traveling food snobs were very satisfied with our first meal in Istanbul! Hard to please crowd so we were very happy. Reasonable pricing but not for those on a tight budget.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The place is OVERPRICED!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

Always ask for the menu. Dont immediately agree with their recommendation. Dont be fooled with their tactics. We spent 500TL for a meal of 2 adults and 2 kids. The most expensive meal we ever had! Plus we didnt even buy any alcohol. Just orange juice. What a rip off. It was recommended by the hotel receptionist in the hotel we stayed. Very disappointed when it happened on the day of arrival. Not recommended at all.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Could not fault it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Just round the corner from our hotel in Sultanhamet on day we felt like fish.
We were warmly greeted and taken to our table in a most impressive and well decorated dining area.

Informative and polite staff helped us through the menu, even to the extent of bring a platter of uncooked fish in order to explain what they were and how they were cooked.

We had the Sea Bass and Bream, followed by a dish of genuine. King Prawns. All dishes were cooked to perfection.

By now we had realised that getting any wine other than turkish was very difficult, the Maitre d' recommended a local Rose and to be frank it was pretty good.

The surprise came when were were told we did not need to order dessert as it was on its way. We were to full to order any anyway. Whn the dessert arrived it was unbelievably good honey soaked quine and believe it or not honey soaked pumpkin.

A brilliant experience which we would gladly repeat

Visited February 2013
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