Food and drink
Hearty salads – I like the one with grilled chicken – sandwiches, pastas, and a melting pot of other dishes, from “Balkan” meatballs and Turkish mantı (a ravioli-type dish in a garlic-yogurt sauce) to a respectable chicken tikka. No alcohol is served.
The large courtyard is usually thronged with locals, while the funky, multi-level interior, with its wood floors, clusters of knick-knacks, and big black-and-white images by namesake photographer Ara Güler, is warm and intimate.
The casual service isn’t particularly attentive, but this is a place to go when you want to linger anyway.
On its own little side street, tucked away off the centre of İstiklal Caddesi, near Galatasaray High School, a local landmark.
Main courses range from 15 lira to 22 lira.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- People watching
- No fuss
- Chilling out