Karaköy Lokantasi: right atmosphere, right food.

  • February 6th, 2012

    THE STAIRWAY TO CULINARY HEAVEN? MAYBE …

    Must admit I’m suffering from a bit of an addiction problem right now. If you follow this site regularly, you might notice I’m drifting a lot towards Karaköy these days. One of the reasons for this begins and ends with my stomach.

    AN INVITING, UNPRETENTIOUS ATMOSPHERE.

    All too often in Istanbul when you find great food you suffer from terrible atmosphere. The inverse is equally true unless you’re willing spend a lot of money. I’m not.

    That’s why Karaköy Lokantasi is something of a revelation. This is a serious eatery with seriously good food and a menu that changes daily. Its blue (a theme color of mine at the moment) tiled walls and crisp white tablecloths are chic yet unpretentious. If you desire, you can enjoy a glass of wine with lunch and expect to pay little more than $20 (US), quite possibly less. 

    WINE, RAKI OR BEER? CHOOSE YOUR PLEASURE.

    Its staff and the presence of its owners also make it a thoroughly refreshing experience. Everyone here seems approachable and helpful, on the ball yet relaxed.

    I’m not sure whether there’s wireless here or not. But frankly, who cares? This is a place to eat, drink and appreciate the company you’re with—whether it’s a group of colleagues or an intimate friend. This is a place for people who want to savor a meal and the moment they’re in. You don’t need distractions.

    Anyway, since I was at Karaköy Lokantasi, three, maybe four times in the last week, I thought it was about time I spread the word. Not that they appear to need my help as its two floors are just about at capacity whenever I walk in for lunch  or supper. 

    So if you’re in the neighborhood, especially in the evening, make a reservation.Contact details and a map are here … and here’s a review by the folks at Istanbul Eats. Enjoy!

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