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“Great place and great food”
Review of Havuzlu Restaurant

Havuzlu Restaurant
Ranked #435 of 14,309 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Grand Bazaar
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Seems to attract mixed reports but our view was very positive so guess read a few reviews and make your own mind up.

So, as many reviews make clear, this place is in the middle of the Grand Bazaar so you will have to use your wits to find it but well worth the hunt. It's a bustling place or at least was when we visited late lunchtime. We were on a city tour and Oscar, our guide, suggested a visit. Well worth it. It's in an old building amongst the stalls but has loads of seats inside.

The chaps seemed to do the same for everyone which was to run through the food available that day in the display cabinet and then to seat you, prepare the food and ship you out. Not that we felt at all rushed but this place must have been doing this for years and something has gone "well right". Food choice was big and we could see how good it all looked which was a bonus. The choice also seemed to have a good mix for the non-meat eater, something not every Istanbul eatery seemed to do.

We had chicken and a moussaka but I reckon anything would be great there. What we had was stunning and inevitably we over-ordered. Dessert was a joy too and everything had a dollop of delicious buffalo cream. Just what we needed after a big meal!! Pointing works well if your Turkish is the same standard as ours for dessert too. The guys seemed to speak most languages so probably not needed really. Well worth the search and an oasis in the middle of the madness that if the Grand Bazaar. Go try would be my suggestion.

Thank Mike G
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Despite very helpful traders regarding directions to help find this restaurant , the food was not particularly special and certainly not hot ,although perhaps one should not expect this.
The staff were pleasant enough and the service and price of the food were good. Again ,I not sure that I would make the effort to go there again.

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Thank Anthony T
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

when you are inside the bazaar your option are limited. you can always go to fez cafe for a salad but frankly they are mediocre, that is better for a coffee. havuzlu is crowded and busy but you can get a sit down hot meal and that is a nice thing. they also have a bathroom inside, which, as you'll see in the bazaar, is unusual and worth it. i love the tiny bazaar streets on that side of the bazaar anyway, some of the rarely seen gems are over there if you take the time to look. don't miss the small shops run by turkmen and afghans that sell jewelry and treasures made of felt, quite unusual stuff, all around there.

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Thank lasarilla
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

The chaos and pressure of shopping at the Grand Bazaar needs a lunchtime punctuation that the Havuzlu's friendly maitre d' enthusiastically offers. Don't expect to sit down with a menu and to think about prices, but go with the flow and take up the freshly produced dishes of the day and find them served to your table almost as soon you sit down. It's not cheap by Turkey standards, but the opportunity to sit down and fuel up in the world's oldest shopping centre is a must.

Thank Barry L
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

After a few hours in the wonderful Grand Bazaar we decided to stop into a lovely restaurant in the bazaar - Havuzlu. We chose our food and looked forward to another great dining experience in Istanbul. Unfortunately the lamb I ordered smelled and tasted "gamey" and was cold. The waiter graciously took it back and brought a soup that was tasteless and barely lukewarm. My dining partner had a chicken dish that was just "OK".
Very disappointing. I would not go there again.
The next day we stopped at a local "deli" - Degirmencioglu - that was the opposite of our Havuzlu experience. Hot delicious food obviously prepared that day - and half the price. For my money I'd go to Degirmencioglu (Address: Himaye-i Eftal SK. No. 9 Kalti Otopark Sk - Cagaloglu)

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Thank CynthiaBunton
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