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“Tries hard but quality falls short”

The House Cafe Corner
Ranked #3,910 of 13,607 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe
Neighborhood: Sisli
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Sisli
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Tries hard but quality falls short”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Follows the European trend that Western Istanbul seems to crave and succeeds with aesthetics at both locations I tried. But quality is average at best.

Visited June 2013
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Dusseldorf, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Overpriced, arrogant, average.”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

After walking all over the place, my husband and I decided to come here for a drink and to eat. The food looked ok but was a bit overpriced for what it was. I ordered a small side salad for 14 TL (around 7€) and I definitely would've been better off getting street food. The salad itself was tasty, albeit small for the price. My husband only ordered a lemonade to drink, the waiter brought him an iced tea. When my husband said it wasn't a lemonade (without drinking it first!), the waiter just sort of shrugged and insisted it was a lemonade. We asked another waiter who took it back, but when the original waiter returned, he just sort of looked at us like it wasn't possible. There were certainly more locals than tourists at this House Café locale, but that doesn't mean the waiters need to be arrogant and ignore us. Sure, we weren't dressed in luxury clothing like the locals (as they were all probably doing their high end shopping), but it doesn't mean that we should be treated any less. Save your money and go elsewhere. This particular House Café didn't do it for me.

  • Visited May 2013
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THC_Management, Manager at The House Cafe Corner, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from The House Cafe Corner,
Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor about your visit.

First of all, we would like to apologize if you were not satisfied with the quality of service. According to our customer policy each guest is equal and valuable to us. Our whole staff is trained on a regular basis and checked properly. Our prices are set according to the guidelines prepared by our general commission after a long market search. We regret our staff team has not reflected our company’s morals. Please be assured that this does not correspond to our usual standards of service and we will do our utmost to improve ourselves and avoid similar situations in the future. We took note of your comments and we would like you to contact us with further details about the staff or any other point you would like to share with us.

We would appreciate it if you could give us another chance to welcome you back.

Kind Regards,
THC Customer Relations Management
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London
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great for a snack and people watching”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Visited here whilst shopping in the chic fashion district. Great place to watch the trendy locals and soaking up the atmosphere. My wife had a delicious salad and I had the chicken noodles.

Visited September 2012
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Hatfield - Hertfordshire
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice place to relax with a coffee.”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

There are a 14 of these around Istanbul, they have a contemporary interior and are a nice place to relax with a coffee, grab breakfast or a snack. They aren't the cheapest place to eat in Istanbul, but if you're a tourist they are still quite reasonable. We visited the one in the Sisli area near Macka Palas. It was just round the corner from our hotel and was a cheaper alternative to the hotel's breakfast rate.

It was packed with locals when we went so that has to be a good sign :-)

We like the seasoned fries that came with their version of a Club sandwich...

  • Visited October 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A real 'cafe'”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

What makes a coffee house, a 'real' cafe'? Is it the coffee? the food? The desserts? House cafe in Nisantasi has them all(it's a chain). Good food at a reasonable price(not cheap), great coffee, and amazing desserts. Amongt my favorites are, Ayiran with mint and basil, chestnut espresso cheesecake, pear roquefort pizza or kadaiff schnitzel...the list goes on. Try the backyard sitting, and don't be afraid to ask for the English menu.

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