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“Modern cafe culture” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Assk Kahve

Assk Kahve
Ranked #429 of 13,378 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Besiktas
Description: Assk Kahve / KurucesmeAssk (Love) was established in 1997 right on the edge of Bosphorus in Kurucesme. After a short time, it became one of the most popular loopholes from city life with its green garden near the sea. Kurucesme Assk Kahve is an indispensable option for people who want to add more joy to their lunches, dinners, coffee-breaks and brunches. The rich menu of Assk Kahve contains international, high quality and organic foods.IstanbulIstanbul, located at the center of the ancient world, is an important mega metropolis famous for its historical monuments and wonderful scenery.
Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Modern cafe culture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We went to Assk for Saturday breakfast and the place was busy! I really enjoyed the bubbling atmosphere but if you're in a hurry, or not keen on crowded spaces, I'd avoid Assk on the weekends. The food was hearty with great traditional Turkish options, very fresh and delivered very quickly - particularly given the kitchen must've been flat out. The menu was pretty extensive and certainly provided choices for all tastes. We were offered a table right on the water which in theory seemed very lucky. In reality, sitting in direct sun in the beautiful warm weather meant that we were sweating in the first five minutes and then uncomfortable for the rest of the meal. Our fault really as we could've chosen another table, but by the time we realised the place was absolutely full and there was no option to move. Our tip: chose a table in the shade on sunny days and sit back, relax and enjoy the views.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jessica O
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Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Istanbul, Turkey
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82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Overpriced, overhyped, underserved but nice location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

We went to Assk Cafe for breakfast. This cafe has a nice location on the Bosphorus, although certainly there are comparable ones but Assk Cafe is really at the Bosporus. You cannot do much wrong with breakfast food like tomatoes, olives, cheese and cucumber, but the 'Menemen' (Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomatoes and green pepper) I had was rather tasteless and watery. And that for 15 lira. Also the service is slow and inattentive. I had to ask three times for a napkin.
All in all, if you can stand the very average food that is overpriced for its quality and can handle the slow service of the waiters, you can enjoy the location. I will not come back unless I am invited for a meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ivo-Knottnerus
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istanbul
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Drink your coffee with very nice people and boshporus... You can seat near the sea and have a nice day...

Visited October 2012
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“awesome view.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

it's directly on the Bosphorus , their deserts were great especially the brownies <3 I didn't try their food but it looks good.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Naif1998
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Ghent, Belgium
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Assk Kahve”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

One dot is for the location on the Bosphorus
One dot is ??
Food was below expectations. Ate a "organic chicken" dish. Best part must have been the quinoa on the side. never had such an overdone and dry chicken anywhere in the world.
For that price it was really unacceptable.
Our comments (complaints) to the waiter were answered with a simple "sorry".
Best thing to do is to avoid this place.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Claude V
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