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“A 1st night disappointment”
Review of Hunkar Restaurant

Hunkar Restaurant
Ranked #556 of 13,814 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Sisli
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We went to this place based on the reviews on another site. We were encouraged because it was very busy with a very local clientele. It didn't take long to understand why. The local clientele was very well served. While we did not want a "fast food" restaurant, neither did we want a very slow food restaurant. The table next to us arrived at the same time, had been served, eaten, paid and left by the time our order was taken. Another group arrived at that table and had begun eating by the time our first plate arrived. The food, which we ordered off the menu, was good but we suspect it was far more pricey than what the locals were eating, all of which seemed to have been chosen from the steam tables we noticed on our way to our table. Language limitations and sulky waiters made us feel that that was not an option for us. However, the crowning touch was when the waiter reminded us rather rudely that service was "not included". There is a "cover" charge, which is common in some establishments and includes cutlery, bread, and water, but there was also a 10% added to the bill. When we questioned that, he showed us the bill and told us that this was a 10% tax. The staff at our hotel confirmed to us that this was, in fact, a 10% service charge and that there is no such 10% added to the bills. It is this kind of dishonesty, along with the unfriendly disposition of the serving staff, that forces me to give this restaurant the lowest possible rating and recommend it not be visited despite the good, if slightly overpriced, food and definitely overpriced beer and wine. There are many other nearby restaurants that don't seem to appear yet on tripadvisor.

2  Thank Garnet C
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Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

This restaurant serves the best traditional Turkish food in the middle of Istanbul's trendy Nisantasi area. Daily specialities are displayed in front of the kitchen so you don't need a menu. There is also a chef there who speaks a very good English and very helpful. Yes, waiters are waiting for some tips at the end but I think this is everywhere in Istanbul. Full with locals.

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1  Thank Elena S
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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

Tha location is nice. Very close to Nisantasi area. Restaurant does not have a view. It is even below the ground level but they did not hesitate to reflect the advantage of being close to Nisantasi to their prices.
Together with my wife, we ate these;

Half vegetable soup
Half spinach and two "sarma"
One portion "sarma"
One cup of yogurt

That was all. No drinks rather than water. No sweets. It cost us 80 liras !!!
It was way too high. I am familiar with the prices of such kind of food and i can frankly say that it was a overcharge.

Soup was good. Spinach was good. We both did not like "sarma". It was stuffed too tight.

Cook was a friendly guy. I cannot say the same thing for service though.

Thank Tolga Y
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The restaurant was recommended for local food. A number of restaurants around the area were fully booked and lively at the same time when this place was about 50% occupied. Welcome and service was poor. Food was average. Mezze below standard of a good turkish restaurant, meet maincourse and pasta manta was good. What was annoying, after having paid with credit card, the waiter opened the check folder 3 times and reminded that we need to leave tips in cash. Obviously for such rude service, not tips to be left and no return to this place will follow. Simple, this restaurant is not to be recommended.

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1  Thank Thomas N
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

We visited this restaurant for dinner, following the advice of our trip advisor fellow travellers. We were unfortunatelly really disapointed about the food. Bland, spiceless, nothing memorable.
The place itself is nothing special either, as it looks more like an upscale cafeteria. We were put on a table looking at two walls (the restaurant is below street level), so there was not much to look at. The waiter though was really good, very friendly and accomodating. That made our experience a little better. But overall, I wouldn't recommend this place.

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Thank mariaortiz
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