I am a bit partial because I got to be really good friends with all the staff here after eating here maybe five-six times on a two-week trip in Istanbul, but I would say that for charm and personality(as well as value, Akbiyik is a nice cheap place to eat) Shiva(/Siva) is the best restaurant around. Everybody is nice and even a little cheeky; their personality is renowned, as reflected by this article about the head waiter Fiko: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=10795988. Although this article was written when he was working down the street at Turquoise he has only become more personable since then. I recommend the nuget or the manti, it is really great here. Thanks to Hakan, Hakan, Mehmet, Fiko, and everybody else for some great meals.
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