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“Lovely food”

Haci Abdullah Lokantasi
Ranked #251 of 13,493 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Turkish, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Lovely food”
Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

The food is gorgeous, most memorable for us was the excellent roast lamb with pilaf and the dolmades as well as the eggplant stuffed onion with tomato sauce served cold as an entre. The food is a cut above most places and the restaurant is very comfortable, prices reflect this but are still very cheap compared to what we would pay in Australia for food of this quality. I would recommend for a lovely meal.

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  • Arabic first
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
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  • Greek first
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  • Japanese first
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Athens, Greece
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Low key, traditional turkish cuisine”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

This eatery was recommended to us by a Turkish university professor and we were so pleased with it, we visited it twice.

Upon entering, you'll be amazed by the huge collection of dried and pickled foods resting in big jars behind the glass window -- this sight is well worth a picture, since the colors are so vibrant! Reddish colors dominate the walls and the furniture is a bit on the heavy side, but it all feels very warm and exotic. Smoking is not allowed.

Since the Turkish and the Greek cooking traditions are not too far apart, we had no difficulty choosing from the various dishes displayed behind the glass window in the kitchen. The food is simple -- no weird innovations, this is a very traditional, old-fashioned eatery, running since 1888 and, apparently (and thankfully!), not very fond of change --, but very good: from the vegetable plates to the meats with tomato sauce, everything tasted like your Turkish (or Greek) mum would have made it (I had a wonderful chicken with rice and the veal with the eggplant sauce was also great). Note, however, that, because of religious reasons, no pork or alcohol is served. That's fine, as there is a variety of fresh fruit juices to choose from: go with the pomegranate one, if it's in season. (As you'll notice if you walk around the city, pomegranate juice is extremely popular; it's also the most expensive one).

A little detail I loved was that the bottled water was put inside a china jar beautifully decorated with eastern patterns, so that the plastic was hidden. Very chic!

The service was excellent: from the cooks (who knew enough Greek words to help us choose what to eat) to the waiters (who kept filling our glasses with water and bringing us more bread), everyone was extra nice (especially the Kurdish waiter). I believe the fact that we were Greek helped, too -- we share a strange bond with our neighbors.

The restaurant is neither too cheap nor too expensive (about 25€ per person). I believe its location (a few steps away from the ultra-busy, ultra-touristic Istiklal) has a lot to do with the prices -- had it been further away, it might have been even cheaper. But it is an excellent place to try the local cuisine, as most fellow-travelers (like the New York Post, that also recommends it) and some celebrities (like the Turkish prime minister) will assure you. Just make sure you arrive early, because they close around 10 pm.

  • Visited August 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“delicious ottoman cuisine”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

this restaurant is one of the best that you can eat Ottoman food, I can suggest all the menu including the deserts. It is in Istiklal, we can call it the heart of Istanbul. Whenever we go there, we see lots of tourist but Turkish people like the place too. Do not look for an impressive atmosphere, like musics or some entertainment, it is just a restaurant and a very good one.

  • Visited September 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Traditional Turkish”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

One of the oldest Traditional Turkish restaurant, circa 1888. If you are around Taksim Meydanı or İstaiklal Caddesi, drop by for a Traditional Turkish cousine. Before seated, you can view the dishes and ask the cook for ingredients of the meals before you order. This not an expensive but avarege priced restaurant, around $20 per person is good value meal.

Try "ekmek kadayıfı" with "kaymak" as a dessert before having your Turksih coffee...

  • Visited October 2012
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Beirut, Lebanon
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101 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Authentic Turkish”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Back here after one year and half and this is the summary:
when in Turkey, eat eggplant.
order everything on the menu with eggplant, you will love.
other items are ok, just regular.
with a glass of pomegrenate juice.
enjoy

  • Visited November 2012
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