Uskudar Eats

We had a chance encounter with a restaurant that we have avoided because it looked too “touristy” for our inclinations. Located in Uskudar, just a couple hundred meters towards Uskudar Center from the Vapur is “Gunaydin”. A three story orange faced cafe that looks over the old bazaar area.
Yesterday we found ourselves famished, hot, and without a ride home. We walked into Gunaydin and up to the terrace. As we ordered, we commented that these views could compensate for any lack of culinary genius….but that stipulation was far from necessary.
The food was traditional “Istanbullu” and was excellent. Tavuk Sis, Kuzu Sis, Mecimek Corba, Kanat and Salata were ordered and quickly devoured by our tribe. We had a side dish of Cig Kofte Lamacun and a Kofte (?) type of meatball; All of it of excellent quality.
The views are of the old covered bazaar and are spectacular. It cost our family of four around 50 lira to make our getaway…which due to our recent feeding was less than remarkable.
Bottom Line? Great food, Amazing Views, and at the upper end of the working class pay scale for a dinner out…but for a special spot with incredible atmosphere…amazing.
Tips? Ask for the terrace and wait for a table at the railing. If dining cheap is attractive…order the Lamacun and Tavuk Sis and split it (plenty for two)….out the door for less than 10 lira.

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