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“Tasty Thai in the heart of Istanbul”
Review of Cok Cok Thai

Cok Cok Thai
Ranked #205 of 13,815 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $24 - $36
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed October 7, 2013

We tried this place because my fiance is a vegetarian, and she was craving tofu (which is not particularly easy to find in most restaurants here.) We weren't quite sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was relaxing, and the decor tasteful. The overall quality of the food was excellent; unlike so many Thai places which try to kill you with the heat of chili peppers, the flavors in our red curry and phad thai were delicately balanced so that no one flavor was dominant. Also, although the meals are a bit pricy, the portions are ample so you get your money's worth.

Although we loved the place, and had a great experience, there are some downsides to note. One is that Çok Çok faces a very busy (and very loud) street, so if you want to avoid noise you should definitely sit inside. And as I mentioned above, the prices are a bit higher than average for the neighborhood. Also, while the servers were friendly and professional, they were also a bit slow to respond to requests (which is somewhat understandable, as they appeared to be a bit understaffed for the dinner rush that night), so that's something else to keep in mind.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone who likes Thai food, or just wants a break from the standard fare of köfte and börek. The food's delicious, the atmosphere is good, and although the prices are higher than your average Istiklal restaurant, you definitely get a good value for your money. If you're in a hurry to get in and get out, Çok Çok might not be the best place for you, but otherwise it's somewhere you should really consider checking out!

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Bekir K, Owner at Cok Cok Thai, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely comments about cokcok

Look forward welcoming you back again

Bekir Kaya

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

First night in Istanbul, late arrival, tired, hungry - looking for something to eat... And so we passed this restaurant, saw a free table on a terrace and went for it.

We had a warm welcome. It was somewhat dark and reading a menu was difficult. For Thai food prices were high. But so what, good Thai food would be worth it. Was it then? Absolutely not. They use products that imitate original recepies. It was so not Thai. I've visited Thailand maybe 20 times and very good Thai restaurants outside Thailand hundreds of times and this was a huge disappointment. Quality was good but it just was not Thai.

No photos of food this time. It was not worth taking photos. So, if you love Thai food this place is not for you.

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1  Thank TravelManiaxxx
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CokCokThai, Manager at Cok Cok Thai, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Dear Sir,

First of all we would like to thank you for taking time to write about CokCok Thai.

We appreciate that you recognized our standard warm welcome.

Regarding to your comment about not being Thai; is a serious statement for a restaurant which has been honoured as 'Thai Select' restaurant. This seal is given by Royal Thai Government and Thai Trade onto what is considered to be the best Thai restaurants in the world and we get renewal every two years.

Ever since CokCok has opened (since 2006) it's been in the top 5 list of best Asian restaurants in Istanbul and in 2012 number 1 in best restaurant of Turkey by some of the most distinguished food critics. We try our best to serve fresh, possibly organic ingredientsin our cooking which are mostly fresh chillies, fresh ginger, fresh galangal,fresh lemon grass, kaffir lime and assam. Some can find in Turkey and the others like galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime we bring from Thailand.

I hope you give us another chance then I can personally look after you, discuss about the menü and choose correct dishes according to your taste.

Kind regards

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Best food we have had in two weeks away from home, and a fantastic surprise in Istanbul! If you are sick of kebabs, meat and fish and looking for great value and great quality then this has it all and more! The host was super friendly and the staff were great...definitely keeping this in mind for my next trip to Istanbul, whenever that may be!

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CokCokThai, Manager at Cok Cok Thai, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Dear Brooke,
What a lovely review, thank you so much and look forward welcoming you back.
On behalf the team at Cok Cok Thai

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Located walking distance from the main square , authentic Thai cuisine , friendly staff ,manager supervising and taking feedback . Good for couples, small groups , business dinners. Good selection of wine as well.

The best place to be for Thai cuisine lovers .

R. Ajami

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CokCokThai, Manager at Cok Cok Thai, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Dear Redaajami,
What a lovely review, thank you so much and look forward welcoming you back.
On behalf the team at Cok Cok Thai

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

super friendly and good food!
10% discount when staying at homage istanbul (strongly recommended hotel/'home' nearby the restaurant

Thank mieke b
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CokCokThai, Manager at Cok Cok Thai, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Thank you Mieke, appreciate your great review, and we look forward welcoming you back

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