Gaya Korean Restaurant

Address: Abdulhak Hamit Caddesi No. 50, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 238 00 00

- Mid-range

4.2

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
4.6
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
3.9
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping

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