Gaya Korean Restaurant
Abdulhak Hamit Caddesi No. 50, Taksim, Istanbul
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Foodies, Relaxation, Shopping
Expert review of Gaya Korean Restaurant
Ironically, given that half of the city is on the Asian continent, good Asian food – something I love – is hard to come by in Istanbul, so I was wowed to discover this out-of-the-way place serving spicy, flavourful Korean food clearly made by chefs who know what they’re doing.
It’s a bit pricey, but the set menu will leave you stuffed and satisfied from eating more than a half dozen traditional Korean dishes, including kimchi, glass noodles, grilled mackerel with hot sauce, and barbecued beef sirloin in a mouth-watering marinade of soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and garlic. The restaurant also serves alcohol.
The simple, peaceful dining room is usually eerily empty for how good the food is; if there are other customers, they’ll likely be Koreans in town on business or with tour groups.
Service is friendly and eager to please.
On the ground floor of the nondescript Green Park Hotel in Talimhane, the hotel district behind Taksim Square.
The set menu is the best deal at about 60 lira per person; additional dishes usually range from 20 lira to 30 lira.
More information on Gaya Korean Restaurant:
- Price guide:
- Abdulhak Hamit Caddesi No. 50, Taksim, Istanbul
- 0212 238 00 00
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: