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“No Michelin stars here” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mimolett Restaurant

Mimolett Restaurant
Ranked #5,523 of 13,378 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Edinburgh
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“No Michelin stars here”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Just eaten at Mimolette restaurant that insome websites seems to have claim to a Michelin star did it drop out of the sky? as it was not earned by cuisine or service. the food was at best ordinary we had the tasting menu consisting of cauliflower soup as the amuse bouche rubbery squid. Confit of
duck that was ok but it was surrounded by an inedible risotto that was a mix of raw rice aubergine and something smoky resembling the smell of rubber tyres. the foie gras was delicious though I had serious doubts as to the reasons for the chocolate yes a whole chocolate! The chocolate ginger and the fig jam that accompanied the well cooked delicious foie!!. A main of overcooked fillet mingnon cooked at least one stage further than we ordered it was tender but fairly tasteless and to accompany this cold mashed potatoes stewed button mushrooms and a bit of red cabbage with golden raisins!!! Dessert was a tea flavoured brûlée that was ok served with a nice chocolate.
At no time during the meal were we asked if "everything was ok" as is usual in most restaurants. the wine was overpriced.
There was only one waiter for 4 tables downstairs and there seemed to be a lot of attention lavished on a private dining room upstairs .
chef came out to speak to some diners but never came near us
This restaurant is posing as a Michelin star standard but having eaten in many such establishments I can assure everyone that this is most certainly not worthy of a star.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Michelin style dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013 via mobile

Murat Bozok...İ start my review by giving the name of the Chief Nd owner of the place. Because " he" makes the whole difference. He is more then a Chief, in fact an artist. He creates miracles in the kitchen that you will have the priviledge of
tasting. Do get recommendations on the menu and if you are lucky you could have Murat explain to you the various dishes that he creates in his style.
Highly recommended for a dining feast.
Be ready to pay a very high bill though !

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank ErdalKaramercan
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Istanbul, Turkey
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Truth hurts! A genuine rip-off , to avoid!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2012

The chef Murat Bozok boasts to have been trained in Michelin starred restaurants. I seriously doubt it. Here is the report:
* Decoration: wobbly table, stained cutlery, tables too small and too close to each other, stream of wind very annoying.
* Food: An extremely poor menu (only 2 starters, 4 main courses, and 2 desserts). Bread: only 1 kind: a kind of focaccia, not the brightest we have eaten.
Amuse-bouche supposed to prove the "creative" skills of the chef was a celery soup served in an expresso cup. Could not imagine of a duller and worse presentation for an amuse-bouche.
Starter: a risotto of wild rice and spinach. Again extremely dull and average dish you can find in any Italian restaurant in town.
Main course: plain seabass accopanied by half cooked and cold carrot and fried potato. The fish was well done though. And a lukewarm entrecote with some vegetables, I could not recollect for my wife.
Dessert: 1 of the 2 desserts was not available. We got the chocolate: 2 tweaks of chocolate ganache and 1 tweak of fruity cream. That's it.
Service: extremely slow, although the restaurant was half empty (not surprisingly). We asked for room temperature water but we were served icy water once the 1st bottle was over. Our glass (of wine and water) were not refilled, we had to ask the waiter.
Overall, we paid more than USD100 per person, I think this was top 5 worst dinner I have ever eaten.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MeTil
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delightful Turkish and French fusion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2012

Ok, so I'm dating myself referring to "fusion" but there is no other way to describe the cuisine. Local Turkish ingredients and spices combined with traditional French techniques. Sitting in the patio overlooking the Bosphorus towards the Asian side, I was treated to a series of excellent dishes in the chef's tasting menu, none better, or more representative of the style, than the couscous that was lightly perfumed with the essence of Turkish spices. It accompanied a beautiful confit salmon with a raki sauce and a little cooked seaweed. Perfection!

Visited October 2012
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Thank Jason R
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Silicon Valley
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Outside dining and view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012 via mobile

I enjoyed this restaurant. We stepped out of the street and we were led outside to our very large table for 16. The noise and bustle of the city fell away. The temperate weather and view of the Bopherous made the dining experience perfect. We had the patio area pretty much to ourselves so it felt like a dinner party in someone's garden. The food was interesting. The palette cleanser was a watermelon smoothie. The amuse bouche was a trio of fois gras nibbles. My main course was sea bass. As I mentioned, I enjoyed the food and casual ambiance.

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