Vegetarian restaurants in Istanbul are rare, and Zencefil was highly rated in our guide book, so we went to Zencefil with high hopes.
We went once, for lunch, and sat in the lovely outdoor area. While there were a lot of vegetarian options, they also offered chicken (?!). I had an omelet and my friend had a salad--neither one was particularly memorable, but both were good.
The best part of going to Zencefil is the outdoor setting on what was a beautiful day. Personally, I love the cats that often make the rounds at outdoor cafes in Istanbul--easy to ignore if you choose to. More difficult to ignore is the smoke from neighboring tables, but I know I have been spoiled by living in a place that prohibits most public smoking. Otherwise, the food and service were average.
Up the street is another "vegetarian" restaurant, Parsifal, which we were not able to visit.
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