Gaya Korean Restaurant

Price guide: Mid-range

Abdulhak Hamit Caddesi No. 50, Taksim, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

Gaya Korean Restaurant

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#25 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Relaxation, Shopping

Expert review of Gaya Korean Restaurant

Authentic Korean restaurant is a real find for lovers of Asian food.

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.

Food and drink: 

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. 

Ambience: 

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: 

Service is friendly and eager to please.

Location: 

On the ground floor of the nondescript Green Park Hotel in Talimhane, the hotel district behind Taksim Square.

Price advice: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Korean
Address:
Abdulhak Hamit Caddesi No. 50, Taksim, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 238 00 00
Website:
http://gayarestaurant.ohpy.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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