Istanbul has a large number of Restaurants, pretty much every street and corner will have one. Unfortunately majority of them will disappoint you, they'd offer you low quality food, or very small portions, even the famous Doner/Shawarma joints barely stuff your bread with meat (you are left to taste bread and salad) and many restaurants are simply overpriced beyond logic. You will be left wondering "Where's that great Turkish food i keep hearing about!? "
Albura Kathisma will give you exactly that, "Great Ottoman Turkish Food". We were glad we found this Gem within SultanAhmet, especially after constant disappointments with other eateries, it was located near our Hotel so it was very convenient to go there every night for dinner.
The first thing that will strike you in this restaurant is the friendliness of the staff, personally "Friendly staff" something i found rare in Istanbul. Albura's staff always smiled, made sure we are 100% comfortable, engaged in small talk and joked around a little without interfering with your dining experience. They never pressure you in ordering "extra" and they never expect tips from you. I really would like to thank Albura's management and overall staff in making sure we had a great time at every dinner.
Food is amazing, the selection is large and "authentic" , we tried alot of the dishes and all were great. My only disappointment was with the "mix-grill" dish, which was overcooked and bland, but i'm willing to forgive given that all the other dishes we had were great!
Ambience is excellent with outdoor, indoor and a "terrace" , you can choose whichever your prefer. We always sat outdoor right by the street which was a pleasant experience.
Another big PLUS about this diner is the Price and Value for money. The menu is reasonably priced, no rip offs, no overpricing, no greedy overcharging like the countless other restaurants, the price is "just right" and the portion sizes are good and fulfilling.
If you are in Istanbul, lost for choice, look for Albura if you are staying or passing by SultanAhmet, you won't regret it !