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“Excellent Turkish restaurant”

Khorasani Restaurant
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Ranked #58 of 13,493 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $28
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: "Ask most tourism representatives, restaurateurs, and waiters in Old Istanbul to recommend a restaurant, and most will offer Khorasani Kebab&Grill and Steak House. This restaurant has been a part of the Sultanahmet gastronomy scene for many years and is famed for its Turkish BBQ (the ocakbaşi), tender kebabs, and freshly prepared mezes. While the menu caters to a range of culinary interests, if you want a unique dining experience then ask to pick out your mezes and kebabs from the kitchen counter and have the chef cook your kebab over the BBQ's open fire inside the restaurant. Another popular dish from the coals of the BBQ is the Testi Kebab. As featured in New Zealand's World Kitchen TV show, this flavored meat and vegetable casserole is sealed in a clay pot, slowly cooked over the BBQ coals, and cracked open before the eyes of diners. Check out the video under "We in Press" on the Khorasani website for more information about the kebab from Central Anatolia. Khorasani also has a great wine menu and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner." Afar.
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“Excellent Turkish restaurant”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Definitely better than the vast majority of average ones in the city. Meze plate was great & lamb shish was very tasty . May be a touch on the pricey side but well worth it taking into account quality & quantity.

  • Visited September 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very touristy orientated.”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

When you finally find the restaurant , which is located at the end of the street, there is an ongoing construction which you will get some heavy vehicles going by. ( which will affect you if you are seated outside ) The Restsurant was full of tourists, you will not see a single local diner. I guess that's why the hotel concierge recommended it . The food were served briskly, service was efficient and the food were alright. We had enjoyed our spicy lamb on mash eggplant and that was about it. No need to rush to this restaurant if you have limited nights in the city .

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great food..try the Testi....lamb or chicken cooked in a terracotta pot, then broken to reveal the most tender meat with delicious sauces to scoop up with bread. Very attentive waiters, good cold beer & great people watching.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Okay food but not worth the price”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Staff were very pleasant. Food was okay but not worth the price. My wife and I have had better in Istanbul. We sat outside in front of noisy street with construction going on at 10pm and construction vehicles constantly going past. Also, lots of noise from nearby restaurants and local traffic. Considering high price point, I would have expected much more.

  • Visited September 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Overpriced, bad service, below average food”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

So far all the other restaurants in Sultanahmet that have earned tripadvisor's certificate of excellence, have been very good. This is a disappointing exception. Arrogant service staff that makes no effort, which I have only seen in the Galata tower and this place, all other restaurants in Istanbul have had excellent service! Wine, dishes, everything is clearly more expensive than on the other restaurants we have ate, even on the same street. And the food is not even great, especially compared to the delicious quality that food usually has in Istanbul. Currently there is also a big construction site next to the restaurant and the construction dust settles in your glass even if you don't stay for long... Avoid this place!

  • Visited September 2013
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