This snug little eatery close to the Galata Tower labels itself as a gay-friendly. The name translates to "open kitchen," and indeed you enter past a tiny kitchen with the day's freshly made meze dishes displayed on the counter. It's a narrow and cozy space, its dim lighting just highlighting the exposed brick walls. The menu consists of traditional Turkish dishes such as müçver (zucchini fritters), köfte (lamb meatballs) and kisir (spicy bulgur wheat salad). Order a mixed meze plate to start if you want to have a proper taste of Turkish home cooking at its best. The daily specials are written on a blackboard, or you can just poke your head in the kitchen and look for yourself. Food arrives on handmade ceramics and earthenware, the service is friendly, and local wines can be ordered by the carafe. There is no view, but this is still a nice spot for a romantic dinner for two and a meaningful chat.
Off Galip Dede Cad., 6B Timaraci Sok.
Our Rating Neighborhood Galata Hours Mon-Sat noon-midnight Transportation Metro: Sishane then walk Phone 0212/293 7433 Prices Main courses TL17-TL30 Cuisine Type Turkish Web site Acik Mutfak
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