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“Private & Sophisticated”
Review of Galata House

Galata House
Ranked #381 of 15,426 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: US$30 - US$40
Cuisines: Russian, Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Description: We offer our guests an unforgettable evening with authentic food and charming historical atmosphere. We have a family business and every family member can speak at least one foreign language ( English, German, French, Italian). We promise you best communication skills and friendly service. All of our dishes are homemade and we do not use any additives.
Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

If you're lucky to (find) visit this architectural
town house, ring the doorbell
and wait until the owner comes down to
welcome you in six or seven languages he
speaks fluently.. More exciting than the
food & wine is the establishment and the
'young' elderly couple who are prominent town planners (Istanbul) with unequalled knowledge of local architecture and history.
They are passionate in whatever they do and this reflects in their menu as well as their music! Be ready for pleasant surprises.

Thank MuratErtug
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Reviewed 8 December 2015

This restaurant is in a historic Ottoman prison, charmingly renovated by the architect owners, who also serve you and, if you're lucky, serenade you with cabaret-style tunes for piano and voice. As a fancier of Georgian cuisine, I'd say the food is good but not amazing. Desserts are very good. Go for the atmosphere - like the home of your coolest friends. The place is a little hard to find at night and you have to ring the doorbell to gain admittance - a little adventure.

Thank BetsyPlatt
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

A little diffiicult to find. Not that much street advertisement.
Rang the bell and was welcomed by the lady of the house.
Ordered starter and Beef Stroganof. Very good.
Had good and interesting conversations with the owners and a small tour of the building.
Can be recommended if you want some quitness but still close to Galata Tower.

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Thank malleborder
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Reviewed 8 November 2015

When you arrive the Galata Tower turn your back towards the tower and start to walk below in the same named street. The venue is located on your right side and reveal itself with its architecural feature. The building used as civilian prison of Great British Empire in 1904 and as British Military Police Office between 1919-1923. It has been used as residence since 1923. It has been bought and added a bay window by Pierre Fournial Family since 1933. After used as a residence until 1973, it has been used as atelier for 6 years. Architect / planner Nadire & Mete Göktuğ couple bought the building in 1991. It becamed a restaurant named Galata House in 1999. It has been represent the Russian and Georgian cuisine till now. .

The venue is closed on Mondays. It is ready to service between 14.00-24.00 on other days. When we rang the bell of outer door; Okan Bey, the groom of the family, met and helped us to show our table. As soon as you take a step to the inner area, find yourself in a cozy atmoshphere as if you were doing journey through time. The topographic map of Galata Area which is known by very few of even old İstanbul people, cuckoo clock made in Swiss were on the right wall. The just next of it a wooden wine rack and cross of you console with marble stand decorated with a wooden frame mirror, some Atatürk photos and pictures enriching the walls... after these you can see a door opening a yard and the kitchen where the foods are prepared

There were two living rooms at the entrance floor. One of them was decorated with a fireplace. There were also wider two living rooms on the second floor where we had dinner. The furniture and accessories were very harmonised with the texture of the building. You can attribute this to architecture owners and their gusto. We sitted the our table located in the living room with bay windowand gave our orders to Okan Bey who showed us the menu. We preferred Russian borsch soup as appetizer, Çakapuli (Georgian lamb stew) and Hingali (Georgian dumplings with meat and tomato sauce) as main course and Georgian cake called “Kuş Sütü” covered with chocolate sauce as dessert.

The borcsh soup was a very delicious choice and enriched with winter vegetables like cereal, red beet, cabbage. It was given flavour with garlic, onion, red pepper, tomato paste, sugar, bay leaf, vinegar and butter and served with fresh parsley leaves and cream. This soup is appeal to both eye and stomach, a good appetizer before main course especially in autumn and winter months.

Georgian boiled lamb was perfect harmonised with potato, carrot, onion, parsley, dill, fresh onion, tarragon, garlic, white wine, sour plum sauce and spices. Lamb meat was cooked to a turn and very soft. The adding the tarragon was the right decision in respect of the digestive effect after meal. Of course do not forget the effect of white wine also. The hand mand dumplings, called Hingali in Georgian, was succesful in respect of taste and visuality. The main ingredient of it was lamb meat and shape of it was like bundle. It was served with tomato sauce, fresh parsley and spices. It was also cooked to a turn. The Georgian cake was light, delicious and plain with its cacao flavoured based and a meringue topping making from white off egg above it. #KanGurular

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3  Thank KanGurular
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

Atmospheric restaurant in street close to Galata Tower. Interesting menu with choice of Russian and Georgian cuisine. Excellent food. Service and owners delightful. Upstairs rooms are period and tastefully decorated. Would certainly recommend and visit again.

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Thank Steve D
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