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“Like finding Thailand in the middle of Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cok Cok Thai

Cok Cok Thai
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Ranked #276 of 13,394 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $22 - $33
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Description: ÇokÇok, the successful and popular purveyor of Thai cuisine in Istanbul, continues to attract gastronomes in search of adventure and novelty to the eclectic Tepebaşı district with an expanded new menu by its renowned Thai Chef Ms. Nuch. Equally exciting is an entirely new cocktail menu created by its professional bar team that represents a first in Turkey with its innovation and originality. Offering a relaxing and cozy atmosphere in its bar with the latest lounge music playing into the wee hours, ÇokÇok will continue to be a popular meeting place this winter for locals and visitors alike.Here are just a few of the new tastes offered by ÇokÇok’s expanded menu: “Tofu soup (Gaeng jued tao hoo khao)”, prepared with mung bean noodle, bean sprouts , and soy sauce. “Grilled calamari with garlic souce (Pla mac yang ka-tee)” black pepper lime leaves, and sweet red chilies served with fried rice marinated with garlic. “Fried rice with chicken (Khao phad phrik kaeng khiao wan kai)” prepared with green curry, spring onion and garlic served with Thai omelet. “Steamed Seabass (pla neuzg manao)”, a real treat for hot and spicy food lovers, prepared with hot chilies, garlic, soy sauce combined with lime leaves and fresh ginger. These are just a few of the dishes’ specially prepared flavors. “Fried lobster with garlic sauce (Lobsterthot ka tee)” enhanced by the perfect harmony of oyster and soy sauces with black pepper…The unique and remarkable cocktail menu is an experience in itself...One sip from the exclusive combinations of exotic fruits and vegetables will take you from the heart of the city to a whole other world. Designed to complement the foods with similar taste motifs, choosing from the new cocktail menu may prove to be a distracting challenge from the extensive international wine list. There is not a single ordinary or classic choice among the original cocktails prepared with fresh and natural ingredients and offered as an aperitif or digestive to dinner. Especially recommended are the spicy Pam-Dor that will warm you up even on the hotest summer evening and the coriander and ginger-flavored Rain Odaiba, a perfect compliment to ÇokÇok’s chicken with fresh ginger.ÇokÇok is the ideal address to drop by to awaken your senses with a deliciously spicy cocktail in the middle of the day, enliven your day with an exotic salad, or build up your strength with a nutritious and filling soup. Those who feel they deserve a little indulgence may stretch out on the traditional cushions at the mezzanine floor any time of the day and refresh their body and soul with a fresh fruit salad with bitter and sour sauce. Designed by the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Singaporean architect Kay Ngee Tan, ÇokÇok in Beyoğlu’s Tepebaşı delights the eye as well as the palate with an interior space that reflects Thai customs in a style of casual chic. With its cozy lounge bar where you can spend many pleasurable hours. With its flawless and courteous service in the tradition of Far Eastern hospitality, and its modern, exotic atmosphere and extraordinarily rich and tasteful menu, ÇokÇok is a very special place indeed.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Like finding Thailand in the middle of Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

My friend and I were on vacation traveling to Istanbul for pleasure and after a week of eating some wonderful Turkish food decided that we were interested in tasting something different. Walking around the Taksim area we stumbled upon CokCok, which turned out to be a Turkish gem. Having spent much time traveling around Thailand and other parts of Asia, I can honestly say this meal is on par with any Thai cuisine I have ever had.

The restaurant is quaint and comfortable yet the design is modern and fresh. Upon arrival, the restaurant was quite full and there was no outdoor seating available, but the staff provided us a spot inside and even allowed us to transfer outdoors half way through our meal once an open table became available. Given that our Turkish was minimal, we had no problems as the various staff speak a variety of languages including English.

We started our meal with some of the house specialty cocktails (a nice treat given many restaurants have limited alcohol available), which a used ingredients such as fresh lemongrass and basil. Following our drinks we shared the house spring rolls and a bowl of the coconut chicken soup. Both were delicious and the soup had just enough spice to make you recognize the flavors of Thai cooking immediately. Our main course consisted of Phad Thai and a entree salad called Som Tam . While Phad Thai is a staple and this is the one of the best I have ever had, it was my first time trying Som Tam. It was explained to us that this dish traditionally uses green papaya, but given the seasonal nature of the fruit a green apple was substituted. It was out of this world and the combination of sweet and spicy was perfect.

In addition to amazing service and unbelievable food, it is rare I eat an an affordable restaurant that can fit multiple moods. During our time there we witnessed parties as large as 7 having a family style meal and couples enjoying a romantic dinner for two. All seemed to be in their own space and the restaurant catered to each accordingly.

Overall, this restaurant is one not to be missed whether you have 1 day for a visit to Istanbul or have lived there for 15 years.

  • Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Modern Thai in old Istanbul”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

In Australia we have excellent food from all over the world. In Turkey, also have excellent food but the variety is just not there... unless you find a gem like CokCok.
Modern atmosphere, excellent food and attentive service. For when you just don't want more Turkish food.

Visited July 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Mediocre Thai food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere and location is great, service is good, but food is mediocre. Meats are dry, veggies are not fresh, there are no Asian beer choices, no Thai ice tea. But then there are not many Asian restaurants in Istanbul. If you are already experienced with Asian food, it is a disappointment.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Best Thai Food in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

I have to admit that Cokcok is by far one of the best that restaurants I've been to. The food was great, especially their several curries and the prawn pad thai. The fried bananas are also great. The manager and the staff are very nice. Highly recommended if you are in Istanbul!

  • Visited July 2013
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

I have eaten a lot of Thai food and thoroughly enjoyed the main and dessert that I had. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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