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Haci Abdullah

Open for over 120 years, Haci Abdullah lays claim as the city’s oldest restaurant. It was serving up Turkish and Ottoman delicacies way back when. Haci Abdullah doesn’t wear its age on its sleeve, however. Its large, spacious interior has a contemporary but warm feel, thanks to the wall-to-ceiling wood and the rows upon rows of huge jars of brightly-coloured, pickled vegetables. If you go, sit in the back room, which is the nicest. The food – meze, soups, stews and kebabs – and service is universally good, and the meaty mains – which include slow-roasted lamb shank and several traditional beef stews – take some beating. The place is easily accessible, too, so if you’re in town just for a few days and looking for an easy-to-find, quality Turkish restaurant, Haci Abdullah is an excellent choice. No alcohol is served and the place closes earlier than many of its rivals, so lunch could be the best option here.

Aga Camii, Atif Yilmaz Caddesi. (Sakizagaci Caddesi.), off Istiklal Caddesi,
+90 212 293 8561
Opening Times
daily, 11am-10.30pm
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