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“Food half decent - service atrocious ”
Review of Istanbul Cafe

Istanbul Cafe
Ranked #478 of 960 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Visited Istanbul Cafe after dining at their old premise for many years.

Food was half decent but we were told on a Friday night they had no lamb. Strange for a Turkish restaurant.

The food was equivalent to a takeaway not close to the $25 price tag they are asking for a mixed platter.

The service was absolutely useless, both female staff members treated us like an annoyance, spending most of their time it their phones and making use feel unwelcome.

Suffice to say we will never be back.

Thank GrimoireNZ
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Our party of four popped in around 7:30pm on a Sunday night after several other options on our list were closed. All and all happy with our choice as it's good Turkish fare and excellent value with their two mains for $30 offer. If you'd like to try it all - go with the mixed grill so you get a bit of everything. Atmosphere is small and cosy while the wait staff is friendly and attentive. This place is also a BYO so swing by the bottle shop before you arrive.

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Thank JD_SLC
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Really enjoyed our meal on Saturday night. Service was quick, courteous and food was tasty. Was a cool evening so could have done with a bit more heating.

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Thank Vickie B
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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.

Thank DDFA
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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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