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Cafe Bunka

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Sehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Ana Cesmesi Sokak, No:3, Istanbul 34435, Turkey
+90 212 293 3249
12:00 - 23:00
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The ambiance was grim. I had noodle soup with chicken. Since I couldn't find chicken apart from 3 microscopic pieces,I told the waiter. With good intension he took the soup to the kitchen,and brought it back with few small pieces. Dragon sushi was so so but it was over priced. The only good thing was the polite waiter.

Thank GamzeY
Istanbul, Turkey
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Becaause it is an overseas Japanese restaurant i can not blame them about the taste but the service at least should be done better,because the owner's wife is Japanaese,so she can make the personel to show some Japanese culture to the guests, taste was not too bad, the place was clean

Thank Ferhat04
Kumkoy, Turkey
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

Suppose that you were very ambitious eating Sushi but you were in Beyoglu. There is no good option around at the main street.Then you'll find one in back alley. Prices are reasonable tastes are good. They don't have assorted options but have basic meals. Authentic Japanese dining table would be good option if you are seeking one. 18-piece combo sushi,... More 

1 Thank Turkeer T
Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

笑顔はなく、いらっしゃいませもありがとうございましたも無し。味は不味くて高い。ここまでひどい日本料理屋、ヨーロッパで初めて見た。内装は綺麗。 not hospitality, non smile, bad taste, too much expensive, fake japanese food restaurant,

2 Thank omi-taka
County Dublin, Ireland
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

Excellent food, staff and atmosphere. Affordable. Traditional japanese decoration and tatami. Best sushi in Istanbul I ever had so far.

Thank Olivier C
Istanbul, Turkey
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

I did enjoy the environment. I ate only sushi. It was not bad, but the tuna inside the sushi was not fresh and the "yaki nori" was like "plastic". Also they didn't have Japanese beer Asahi or Kirin Ichiban it's a shame because they are afilliated to Japon Plaza in Istanbul. It is not expensive, but if I want to... More 

1 Thank gupgup
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Very cosy yet comfortable restaurant. We had sushi and nigiri. One of the sushis in the Californian roll had tinned tuna which I didn't enjoy. Too much crabsticks in the sushi. Nigiri was lovely. Service was great. They have a traditional seating area which looked very authentic and quaint. I'd go there again but eat more sashimi or maybe try... More 

Thank LadyMullen
Istanbul, Turkey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

This place is like home to me, since I come here every weekend for Japanese classes. I don't know about the food (I've never actually eaten here) But their Japanese classes are great!

Thank Gunes Y
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2011

We were a family of four (two kids - who loves sushi) and went for a dinner at Bunka´s. But what a rip off. In Sweden you always get served tea and miso-soup for free so we orderd foour miso soups. What a surprise when they charged 8 Lira each. Even the water were expensive. I would gladly have paid... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2008

beautiful atmosphere, could be more fresh but it was late

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Japanese, Sushi
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Ana Cesmesi Sokak, No:3, Istanbul 34435, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: +90 212 293 3249

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Neighbourhood Profile
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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