I book the tour by phone as soon as I landed in Istanbul, The guide, Abdullah is a newbie in the company, doesn't speak good English and he don't explain much about the food. What pissed me off the most is he spend more time eating than explaining, more like he is having a feast! First, no kıraathane, because the first one that we visited is full - is there only one kiraathane in Istanbul?. Second, no ocakbasi by the grill, we just had a regular grill in a restaurant. We tried to taste one of the food, he advice us to taste one but ate more than us and lastly he is disrespectful to the oldies. He just pick a cherries from one of the elderly man without paying until he was scolded by him ( I don't understand their language but I do know when people are angry). That's it for me, I never experience such a lousy guide in my life. I simit divided to 3, 1 simit with sausage divided into 3, water, 1 pickle juice per person, 2 teas person and 1 coffee, 1 beef grill with side dishes per person, 1 kokorec sandwich divided into 3, 1 tripe soup per person, a plate of melon and cheese for 3 (4 pcs of melon), 2 pc of midyek, no live music, no raki (we don't drink alcohol) for 70 Euro - do the math. I don't mind paying but it must be worth it, not worthless.
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