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“Good food, nice setting”
Review of Zencefil

Zencefil
Ranked #701 of 14,034 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed 13 June 2013

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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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Went here on guide book recommendation - the most average meal we've had in a while. Terrible service, almost like they don't want you there. Almost any other restaurant in Istanbul would be better. Seriously don't bother.

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1  Thank Rujama
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Completely overhyped food, mostly generic fare like pasta dishes, which you can get at an Italian restaurant. We went there on a Sunday, the place was almost empty bar a few tourists. The service is terrible, the waiter didn't even make eye contact with anyone throughout the night. I ordered "artichoke rice" - which was plain rice with some peas in it - bland and tasteless. I ordered spicy chickpeas to go with it, which the waiter forgot about until the end of the meal. When he finally brought it to us it was cold and unappetizing.We decided to leave without desserts as the service was so appalling and the food was below average in taste and quality. In addition, there was a cat that decided to make rounds around people's tables, which OK for the first two minutes but got really annoying as the evening progressed. I have no idea why this is so highly rated, this was a huge disappointment to us. Will not be going back again.

4  Thank S P
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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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