We looked for this place after the advice of a friend and after reading a nice review on a guide.
So: we tried once to have dinner there, but it was closed for a short vacation. The night after we tried again but the place was crowded. So we made a reservation for a third night and we managed to have dinner there (yes, we were quite persistent).
Each meal they have a different set menu which is really good a really cheap (only 55TL = 18 euro) and includes typical Anatolian recipes: 3 dishes + dessert. Some of them may look even quite common but they are completely at different level compared to other restaurants of the city: the dolmas, for example, are very peculiar (filled with lamb, mint, and spices...mmmm).
There are a couple of things which could be better: first, the do prepare dishes only for a number of customers equal to the number of seats of the place so, once the place is full, they don't accept any more customers (which is what happened to us the second time we went there). I understand this allows them to keep very low prices and it has other positive sides BUT
INSTEAD OF JUST SENDING AWAY POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS WITHOUT EVEN A SMILE OR AN EXPLANATION I THINK THEY COULD EXPLAIN HOW THE RESTAURANT WORKS OR AT LEAST THEY COULD PUT SOME ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE DOOR.
Of course, if you have a restaurant like this in Sultanahmet, you don't need to look for customers because your place will be always full but a different attitude and a little smile would be really appreciated.
Another thing that should really be improved is the toilet which has access literally from the kitchen: a real turn off.
But apart from this things, I still consider a place anyone should try...if you remember to make a reservation.
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