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“Tiny, cozy space with traditional food”
Review of Dai Pera Istanbul Cuisine - CLOSED

Dai Pera Istanbul Cuisine
Price range: $20 - $60
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Description: Dai Pera situated very close to Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, St. Antoine Church. Dai Pera is a small authentic restaurant presenting home style Istanbul Cusine. The Chef Arzu Gurdamar owns and runs the place and personally approaches and serves the guests explaining her dishes.
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We read great reviews about this place on Trip Advisor as well as in our Fodor's book. Our hotel also seemed to recommend it on here as well. We took that as a good sign and picked it for our first night in Istanbul. The place is very cozy and cute. For once, we weren't the first people there either which is always nice. Our issue was that we sort of ordered wrong and a few things were lost in translation. We wanted to get a few of the tapas style plates that they offer. Somehow, we ended up with 3 dip like things and weren't sure what we were supposed to dip them in (humus, zucchini with yogurt, chilis in yogurt). They all tasted good but all had the same texture which got old fast. We also had the cauliflower with tahin sauce which was also good but another soft food. My husband wanted to order the "crispy chicken" which I saw another guest order. It ended up being chicken tenders and french fries. I think this place has a lot of potential but we just ordered the wrong things. The cheesecake was delicious though. We saw other guests ordering things that looked great. The staff speak limited English so it was hard to ask for their advice. Somewhat expensive considering we only ordered 4 small plates + dessert. Maybe we need to go back when we know what to expect.

1  Thank Alessmarie
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Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited this restaurant this evening and were really pleased to have found a restaurant with so many gluten free options. Whilst the meal was lovely, unfortunately it turned out that what my wife ate was not gluten free. Consequently, as I write this, she is being very sick. Not at all impressed.

3  Thank David_t_Doe
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

A great option in Galata, for a nice and affordable (and practical) dinner. Very recommendable and very good service overall. Try it!

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Thank MexTraveler6
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Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Small but a great restaurant. Ordered quiet a few starters to share and have to say all were very good. Cheesecake was also very good. Over all a nice meal out. Will definitely be back.

Thank alifurtun
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We were staying at Tomtom Suites, a few blocks down the hill, and Nural the Guest Relations Supervisor, suggested that we eat at Dai pera. He called ahead to make a reservation and spoke with the Owner/Chef, Arzu Gürdamar, telling her we were from the Tomtom and to take care of us.

Take care of us was an understatement of understatements.

On arrival, Arzu greeted us and then escorted us to a large table in the back. She asked us, "What would you like for dinner?" Our response to that, was, as always, "bring us what you like and we will all share." This has been the best decision when going to restaurants in the region. This seemed to make her day, as she lit up with our request, and went to prepare for us some of the best local Turkish food we have had.

Our waiter then asked us what we would like to drink, and suggested a Margarita. Not just a Margarita, but a Pomegranate Margarita. We had watched the street vendors squeezing pomegranates, and were amazed how much juice they contained. Now, we will finally have a chance to taste the Turkish pomegranates. Well, the drinks came, and were the reddest pomegranate that we have ever seen. The presentation was only exceeded by the best tasting Margaritas that we have ever had.

Time for dinner. Arzu brought so many different items that I cannot remember, except for the Octopus Stew. This stood out among some of the tastiest food we have had. She also brought us some of her meatballs. I you haven't been to Turkey, this is the one item that all restaurants use for bragging rights. They are different from those in the US as they are flat and rectangular. They are made of beef but some, like Arzu, use a little lamb. I think it makes them much better.

This was a dining experience that you do not want to miss. It is a smaller restaurant, and our being there in late October, might have made it easier to enjoy. If you do intend on going to Istanbul, I would suggest when you make a reservation at Tomtom Suites, that you have Nural make a reservation for you at Dai pera.

2  Thank Cozmo42
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