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“Food not hot enough for Korean Cuisine”
Review of Chungiwa - CLOSED

Chungiwa
Cuisines: Korean
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Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Korean/chinese
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Enjoyable enough but the hot pork and the hot beef were just not anywhere near hot enough for my taste and thus I was a little let down. Of the two, the hot pork was much better as the portion size of meat was ample; on the other hand, the pieces of beef, which came in a soup bowl, were few and far between.

I found the mackeral cooked in salt to be okay but it is not a filet and you should be prepared to eat with your hands.

Kimche was not hot - amazing, really.

I found the fried rice with shrimp to be a let-down -- shrimp of the very tiny frozen bagged variety.

I suspect that the Korean portion of the menu is better than the Chinese.

For all the above plus two Efes bottles at a cost (with a modest tip of ten lira) came out to lira 140. For a modest venue, this seems to be a bit over the top. All the more so when a guest requests that the food be served very spicy and the guest gets his orders underspiced.

Of course, Korean food in Istanbul is a bit exotic but so is Korean food in Kiev and the two restaurants in Kiev Hankookwan and Arirang (there is also Han Gang which I haven't tried) are much better both in terms of authenticity of preparation and, to a lesser extent, value for money. Yet, Kiev does not have the throngs of Korean tourists to indulge as does Istanbul. It seems to me if you crave a taste of Asia in Istanbul better head for an Indian restaurant like Swaad (See my review.)

Still. this Korean was pleasant enough although I am not sure that I would go back there again next time I am Istanbul. For that money, I could eat three times at a Turkish restaurant.

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Thank RichardThomas2001
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

our hotel, amira istanbul, is opposite chungiwa. i wrote 'is' cause we are still there whilst reviewing. we are from london and honestly know what good far eastern cuisine is. this is at the bottom of any food chain. i noticed the place and asked the concierge what he thought about it. he told me 'avoid it'. me being a stubborn man i didn't heed his advice. my bad. the service is indeed very attentive and the owner very polite. we walked in and the cook stood up and disappeared wherever cooks disappear. it was a turkish lady, not korean at all. an omen maybe? i had dumplings and fried rice with vegetables and chicken. my wife had rice noodles with beef. worse ever both. paid TL 60' £20. nothing compared to london but still a lot compared to quality. beware!

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Thank Enrico S
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We are for a design project for two weeks in istanbul. after a while we were kind of fed up by the turkish quisine all the time.
after visiting trip advisor we thought to give it a try.

IT WAS AMAZING

at first we were kind of angry because some guys at the table next to us, i guess it was the cooks or some other staff of the restaurant were having a smoky barbecue on their table.
after we ordered some starters (dont miss the egg roll! thx for the advice!) one of the guys from the other table came over and gave us a huge plate of their salad - for free. we ordered like 3 starters and got some plates with other stuff (kimchi, water spinach, potato salad and korean zucetti) for free as well. after this, the other guys offered us some of their barbecued meat and we each got some lamb shis and chicken wings for free as well.
the main dishes were ranging from 10tl to 40tl and were simply amazing. i never ate korean before but i lived in china for a while and i must say that it was not authentic, but still not the usual american chinese food crap.

the service personal was really polite, most of it was served by this really old, warm hearted and funny korean guy.

after the main dish the barbecue guys came over and drank some raki with us and for desert we got some water melons, again everything on the house.

we ofcourse left a huge tip and the old korean guy invited us to sing karaoke with him, unfortunately we had to leave..

overall my best experience in this normally unfriendly touristic area. it was a real relief to meet all these warm and kind persons and we had a great time! i can only recomend it to you and hope you have a great time as well!!

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Thank GoodguyPan
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy this restaurant twice in one week during my stay in Istanbul. The first night we happened upon it by accident because it was close to our hotel - just down the hill from the Arasta Bazaar. The second time was very deliberate and just as good. You can choose from a Korean or Chinese menu. The food was great and the service impeccable. Even with a tour group in the restaurant the staff managed to get our food out in a very timely manner. We would definitely recommend this place to friends who are looking for something other than Turkish food while in Istanbul. Don't miss the egg roll. Completely different from any other I've ever had (made with actual eggs instead of wrappers) and good enough to go back for another.

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Thank JHHinTurkey
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Reviewed October 23, 2016
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Thank Mickey C
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