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“A piece of Istanbul exile history”

Ayaspasa Russian Restaurant
Ranked #1,165 of 14,235 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Ayazpasa Russian Restaurant was opened by Russian exile Boris Ivanovich Kryshanovsky in 1943. Conveniently situated between the German and Japanese Consulates, the place used to be a spying hotspot for Soviet intelligence. The owner convinced his diplomat customers that he was passionately anti-Soviet - while his staff assiduously listened in on the table talk and passed it on to Stalin. The current Turkish owner started as a waiter here in the 1950s and his son studied film in Moscow and speaks fluent Russian. The borscht is excellent, and the black bread is flown in weekly from Russia in suitcase-loads. 

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Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

It was great to be the guests of Ayaspasa Restaurant. The roots of the restaurant goes back to 1946 and they are very welcoming. Food is also delicious. Go with aubergine roll and classic Borscht soup

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Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

It was great to be the guests of Ayaspasa Restaurant. The roots of the restaurant goes back to 1946 and they are very welcoming. Food is also delicious. Go with aubergine roll and classic Borscht soup

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Reviewed 21 August 2015

We had our dinner here with a group of 18 people last night. Eighteeeeeen! :) The place itself for 48 people so we kind of occupied the 1/3 of the place. There were 3 tables organized for us, each big enough for people to sit comfortably to eat without touching each other's arms.

Mr.Serkan explained us the course order: cold appetizers were first to go, then soup, hot apetizers, main dish and dessert.

Sliced meat plate and the sauce in the middle were delicious, following russian-salad, radish salad with some more other vegetables were so refreshing and light, eggplant rolls as well. I have never seen Russian salad in such small pieces and usually the servings are missing eggs but they did not :)

Borscht soup may not be the summer soup but can't wait to have it again on winter time with blackpepper and lemon. Still it was unusual in a good way, the buttery cream on the top gives it a great taste.

Hot appetizers were also good but you may have them elsewhere, cheese roll but triangle shaped and a stuffed pastry with meat.

I forgot the name of the main dish but it is a juicy meat with cream&cheese topping with mushrooms and veggies on the side. I can hear you say " do you still have space to eat? " Yes :)

Oh before I forgot, I tried the black-pepper flavoured vodka, very strong taste but at the same time something to remember. Lemon and cherry were lighter. A shot for 15 TL.

Closing was with the Medovik cake, almost a 10 layered cake, so light but tasty. I loved it. I really loved the service and the old fashioned saloon. Decorative details were so cool. The Russian girl who served us with Mr.Serkan were so kind as well as the old grandpa. I really recommend the Ayaspasa Russian Restaurant for the ones looking for something new to try.

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

This is one of the oldest Istanbul, Gumussuyu restaurants who had a recent restoration and became more old Istanbulian, more Russian! In fact, the old Fischer restaurant and this one had merged last year and have been serving together here. We went there for a dinner a few weeks ago and had the traditional meals of the restaurant such as schnitzel, russian salad, homemade vodka... It was not an evening with live Russian music. If you enjoy dinner with music then you must go there on weekday nights. Enjoy it!
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