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“a nice change”
Review of Zencefil

Zencefil
Ranked #635 of 14,491 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Went to zenefil twice, first lunch and went back for an eveing meal as we enjoyed it so much. choice was great for veggies - lentil patties and home made lemonade - 25TL. outdoor area (though smoking allowed here), staff attentive enough, prob not a lot of english spoke, but we were in Turkey. I'm trying to cook their orgasmic zencefil desert for tonght's tea (soaked dry fruit, nuts and ice cream). only prob was it was quite cold of an evening.

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1  Thank mo c
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

if you're tired of the tourist restaurants and kebabs during a stay in istanbul, zencefil is a refreshing change. And a gem for vegetarians (although there were 2 non-vegetarian options on the menu, it's not exclusively a vegetarian place). comfy and quiet atmosphere, a lot of character in the decoration as in the menu.

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1  Thank Natou32
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

I went with three of my friends. It took more than 15 minutes for us to get the menu card. Then we were waiting and waiting and ordered soup for one person and the server brought three. When we want to try so called home made lemonade, we were told it is not available. Suddenly some other waiter came and started taking care of us. Food was excellent but service needs to be improved.

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1  Thank MaduraiTraveler
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

beautiful interior and exterior space and clean, good food at reasonable prices. The owner, Funda, has studied at McGill and understands Canadian tastes which she combines with Turkish cuisine

1  Thank BenEggs
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

I was actually looking forward to this restaurant. My friends told me that this one and the Parsifal are well known.....

First off, the setting, atmosphere and the location are very nice. They even have a small garden (which I'm sure will be nice in the summer time). The interior is nicely done and the overall feeling is, that you should get good food and be treated well here.

Unfortunately, reality is far from it :-( The staff (all of them even the manager) was unfriendly, they had no idea when we asked for the "special of the house" and simply had an attitude that serving guests is dreadful. I don't want to go into detail length, but when my Turkish friend said at the end that we didn't like the food but formost their attitude the manager himself simply had a "hmhmhm" for us.... I guess that says it all.

The food itself is nothing to talk about, as ever other non-vegetarian can make a better vegetarian menu then this restaurant.

Oh, before I forget, there is one good thing here; the pumpkin cake is delightful (but I guess it is not home made so the praise most likely goes to the bakery around the corner).

In any case, if you want good food and want to be treated nicely, choose the Parsifal, it is just opposite.

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2  Thank thenitai
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