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The place is old and still carries the air of history. The food is average, service is fine, raki is good, the common smoking area is good for socializing. There's live music, only good if you are drunk anyway you will drink a lot.
I couldn't find the history of this place, Madam Despina, though it seems pretty established with a community like room with old guys playing cards, an outdoor patio shaded by trees and a large dining area.
Great food with kebabs, kofta, dolma, borek, meze platter...More
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For much of Istanbul’s history, Sisli and the area just north of Taksim Square were open countryside used mostly as hunting grounds. These days, Sisli and its chic streets are considered the very heart of contemporary Istanbuli life, where an epicenter of fashion and a thriving business district meet to create an expressly “downtown” feel. Though largely a residential neighborhood, luxury hotels, fine dining
restaurants, and upscale shops abound with many of them situated inside or nearby Cevahir Istanbul, the biggest shopping mall in Europe and second biggest urban shopping mall in the world. Shopaholics and fashionistas travel from near and far to browse the area's mix of major global brand items and creations by popular Turkish designers.