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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