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Posted by yslol on 02/04/2008
Overrated. The place is nice and the price is cheap but the food is very disappointing. It seems to please those who have never eaten a good Turkish food. We tried many appetizers and were disappointed by all so we did not order main dishes. They do not pass the basic bar of good Turkish food – the Coban Salad was dull (you could not taste lemon in the dressing) and the Eggplant Salad (Patlican Salatasi) lacked any hint of smokiness. The grilled Octopus was tasteless. The fresh spinach shallots and dill sautéed with olive oil sounds good but was just bad (it is hard to make such a dish taste so bad). Even the special zucchini cakes were mediocre. The falafel was sub par as well.
Posted by ejw on 01/19/2008
Excellent food...my girlfriend always begs me to go here...make sure you get the hummus and the doner kebab.....by far the best I have ever had
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2008
I think this restaurant is absolutely overrated. I made a reservation for 2 at 8 pm on a Friday night. We got seated around 820. The host was Russian and didn't speak a word of Turkish. The waitress was very nice and not pushy but she seemed very distressed. The menu looked nice at the beginning but the food was absolute disappointment. We ordered fried liver and shepherd's salad which are both turkish classics. Liver was tasteless and little mushy. Tomatoes, the main ingredient of the salad, were clearly the lowest quality without any taste. Salad had so little olive oil that I could not really taste it. The shrimp dish had more cheese then shrimp. I don't know where they got the recipe from but it is definitely not a Turkish shrimp dish. It was a disaster. The bass, "Levrek" was very dry. At the end we preferred not to try any desert. Beyoglu is a total disappointment. They would not be able to be in business in Istanbul with this quality of food.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2007
I've lived in the neighborhood for years and last night is the first time we tried Beyoglu. I wish we would've tried it sooner. I loved it! I found the prices to be very reasonable, the service was great, the food delicious. Now I can understand why it is always crowded. We can't wait to go back!
Posted by Chocoholic on 11/18/2007
I've eaten here a couple of times and have never been disappointed. The food is warm, fresh and delicious and the atmosphere is warm and inviting, as are the waiters. Can't wait to eat here again!
Posted by Jasmine on 10/31/2007
The food was amazing and the bread they give (which they gave us extra at no charge) is fresh baked and so good. I will definitely return!
Posted by selimbey on 10/24/2007
We had dinner at beyoglu last night. Great outdoor seating in th e surprisingly nice weather. Great first courses. And the second course is amazing , the best grilled salmon filet and a mixture of grilled lamb chops , kofte kebab and chicken. The best baklava this side of the ocean.The staff although not all turkish was attentive and patient.. When the manager noticed us that it was our first time , brought us turkish coffee and drinks not only to us but also to our friends that joined us before heading out. Thank you all. we will be back.. It was a welcome relief to the UES.