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“Complete Joke”
Review of KosebasI Cadde

KosebasI Cadde
Ranked #1,209 of 14,832 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Kadıköy
Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited this restaurant last night, it was recommended to us and it was a last minute booking.

On arrival we were presented with 8 starter dishes which were not ordered. We didn't like what was chosen for us so kindly asked for them to be taken away and that we would like to order ourselves. This was not taken well by the staff.

We continued to order some wine and main dishes, all of which was good.

When we asked for the bill I found that they had charged us a cover charge of TL10 per person which when we asked we were told this is normal and it is to cover the cost of the salt & pepper, napkins etc. The service really was poor and the attitude of the staff was very unbelievably bad so on principle I refused to pay this. Once again this didn't go well and we asked politely to see the manager after a long discussion, we asked again and again and finally had to ask him ourselves to speak with us so we could explain why we were unwilling to pay this fee. It took FOREVER and the staff were continually rude but finally the service charge was waived.

Overall a very very disappointing end to a wonderful time in this so derful city. I would never visit this restaurant again and I wouldn't recommend anyone else to visit.

1  Thank Anthony B
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Reviewed March 28, 2015

My every visit to Istanbul includes a dinner in Kosebasi. While it can be considered expensive for locals, for EUR/USD/GBP earning tourists it's more like mid-range.

Mezes, kebabs, cop sis etc. are all very good. Kunefe is my all time favourite, with dondurmali irmik a close second.

Turkish style dining is more about eating slowly and having conversations while enjoying Raki (which is an acquired taste). This is very good place to enjoy that.

Always recommended.

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Thank emir_taner
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Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

I had done here now 3-4 times. Service is excellent and the various dishes are quite tasty and plenty to eat. This is a place to come to with friends to enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant and bagdat cad. Plan to stay a few hours to enjoy the food, conversation and Rakki. Meals are a little pricy but for this area of Istanbul it will all be similar.

Thank Road_warriorXTRM
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Reviewed September 16, 2014

We were recommended this place by the concierge at the Ritz Carlton Istanbul.

ATMOSPHERE:
Indoor & outdoor seating done in a black & white bistro theme.

MENU:
Kebabs & other Turkish cuisine. The menu is fairly large. A whole tray of apps got brought to our table before we could even order our beverages.

FOOD:
House bread - It was a puffy triangle which was soft & tasty.

Artichoke with potatoes & carrots - Good little app to start with. Everything tasted boiled similar to corned beef & cabbage.

Lamb & goat cheese - Done in a small puffed pastry-like pocket and served on a savory dough. Very tasty.

Kebab sampler - Mixture of beef, chicken, lamb & onion rings and some lava (similar to a tortilla shell,) roasted tomatoes & green chiles. The meats were super tasty and cooked well. It came accompanied with side dishes of sour cream & spinach, and cous cous. We made ours into burritos.

DESSERT:
Künefe - It looks more like an app than a dessert. The circular disc of cake noodle-like dough is baked in butter & syrup then topped with whipped cream. The flavor was medium sweet and the texture a crunchy-chewy. Big enough for 4 to share.

SERVICE:
Our male server was friendly & knowledgable.

OVERALL:
A bit pricey for food you could get for cheaper elsewhere, and open late.

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Thank MauiWorldTravelers
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

Kosebaci restaurant is one of nice restaurants in Istanbul .ive been to many locations all the . same some of them has terrace and out side sitting and some only inside.one of the highly recommended dishes of kebab is called shishly kebab is the best of the house .one very important notice when u get in they will bring a lot of things if u accept ur invoice will be very high .they will try to there best to increase ur orders .i have to warn it is very expensive restaurant

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1  Thank Khalid M
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