I have patronized this restaurant for the past 15 years. It is known for its small plates and for its nicely grilled fish. Especially good for boreks and for pickled and smoked fish. Also, its peasant salads and bean dishes are very good.
And yet, it has a service problem. Waiters, here, tend to treat only insiders as its customers. I am an American, and have yet to be recognized as the individual who will be paying for the full meal. This sounds like a very petty problem, and yet, it is something that over the years I have come to see as a genuine issue for Turkish waiters at Cevat's place.
In this instance, I went to restaurant with my wife's mother whose driver (also her care-giver) was with us. He was treated as the "head" of the group. He received most attention from the waiters, and was served most often. His opinion was consulted, as to the quality of the food; and his plate was prepared first.
As the lone American in the group, I was hardly looked at.
I would like to say this was a "one time" issue, but that is not the case. Waiters here tend to prefer Turkish customers, especially those with money, than foreign tourists who make reservations.
I would only eat here if you happen to have a fairly well-to-do Turkish family or friend known to the owner or to the waiters. Unless, of course, you like be treated like the "help".
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