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“Good value authentic Turkish in heart of town”
Review of Istanbul Cafe

Istanbul Cafe
Ranked #476 of 962 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Great Turkish food with a good 2 mains for $30 offer and a huge sharing Mesa platter. Well priced wine but also does BYOB. Very nice service and relaxed atmosphere.

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

I used to go to this place because there was something that reminded me a bit of Turkey. The way the meat was seasoned, the bread, the dips around your dish and even the decor with typical music made this place one of the few with Kilim in Petone where you can enjoy decent turkish food.

This is no longer the case.

I don't know if the owner (who was turkish) sold or stepped back from this place but the meal my partner and I had for lunch this sunday and last month was terrible and definitly overpriced. We choose the mixed grill wich consist of 3 pieces : unseasoned lamb skewers, two pieces of rubber -one chicken one beef sirloin 5mm thick- topped with bbq sauce and yogurt. Some rice and salad mixed with industrial olives and marinated capsicum like you would have in Pita Pit. One dip on the side a hummus that didn't taste like homemade. Oh and a piece of bread, they did keep that one.

Two meals, one drink, 54$. You cannot price such average food like this when you can get a similar ''iskender'' or ''kebab on rice'' anywhere for 15$.

Overall if you consider any random kebab place turkish you can go there, but if you have ever been to Turkey or a proper turkish restaurant, don't even consider going near this place please.

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Thank MrZegea
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Cuba Street is a bit down at heel these days but still has a funky style feel about it. Wanted to grab a quick meal early before a night visit to Zealandia and this worked well. Generous servings, quick, friendly service and good Turkish dishes.

Thank bhtripadv
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

We only went in here because Cuba Dupa was going on outside and this place was almost empty - that should have told us what to expect.
The menu was extensive but what we got didn't match any Turkish we had elsewhere, and that includes Turkey! That's not to say what we had wasn't passable, it was, it was just not what we were expecting.
The Turkish bread also wasn't very Turkish!
And finally the choice of music was very none Turkish, more like what the two girls behind the counter wanted to listen to.
At an average price of $23 per meal this was a disappointing restaurant.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We came here to celebrate the graduation of my daughter and to welcome my cousins from the US. We had a voucher which made our dinner great value for money. We ordered ordered a lot of food to share. I particularly liked the chicken.

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Thank TAROTZAMM
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