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“Not entirely vegetarian”
Review of Zencefil

Zencefil
Ranked #918 of 13,488 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not entirely vegetarian”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

The food was very good, and the outdoor courtyard was divine. However, they do have meat on the menu, so shouldn't really call theselves a vegetarian restaurant. All in all a great dining experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Vegetarian food”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Varieties of Vegetarian food available here. Most of the dishes are vegetarian as compared to Non-Veg dishes all over Turkey.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Krishna D
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Northcote, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't bother”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

After having trekked across Istanbul to this restaurant for lunch, we were very disappointed. The atmosphere was not welcoming - it even bordered on hostile. While the menu sounded promising, when the food arrived it lacked flavour. The eggplant dish tasted as if it had been sitting around for a while and the lentil patties were just dull. Much better and fresher vegetarian food can be found in non-veg restaurants everywhere in the city.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank kathy3070
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London, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Friendly informal Vegetarian option close to Taksim”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We returned to Zencefil after finding it excellent a few years back and were not disappointed. This time it was a warm evening and we were able to sit out in its small pleasant courtyard and enjoy delicious food under the stars. As well as an interesting menu there was a board with specials of the day. All our food was freshly prepared and nicely spiced. We washed it down with a carafe of good Turkish wine. Our visit reminded us that however good Turkish meat cooking is at its best, the locals also have wonderfully flavoured vegetables and fruit and know how to make the best of them.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank lilywall
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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Cute place for quick lunch”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Lovely little place on a side road far away from the pollution and noise of Taksim. The cafe has a nice court yard where you can enjoy their tasty veggie menu. Slightly overpriced but relaxing place for a quick stop. Great fresh lemonade.

  • Visited October 2012
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