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Karaköy Lokantasi
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 1

Review Type: Restaurant
37/A Kemankes Cd., Istanbul, 34425
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 0212 292 4455
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Excellent Turkish Fare in Istanbul within a Gluten-free Comfort Zone,

Reviewer: from Washington, DC - See all reviews by Malitzj

5.0 Palms
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It is always a pleasure when a server takes the news of a diner at the table with special needs as something that needs to be treated with careful attention. Such was the case when I dropped the news of being a celiac and needing gluten-free accommodations of my server on October 22, 2012. I have to admit that having an iphone app that translates into dozens of languages just what needs to be addressed is a lifesaver -- literally. Well once the server read every single word of the app he asked if he could take the iphone into the kitchen and go over it with the chef. What could I say but yes. So off the iphone went, yet it returned with a fully marked up menu designed just for me. Of course, being in a restaurant that was recently featured in an article in Food & Wine Magazine with the title of Istanbul's New Meze Masters, gave me hope that I might get an awareness that perhaps would be missing in other eateries. It was a theory that proved to be right on target. The entire area of Karaköy neighborhood (near the docks) is becoming home to several up and coming restaurants and this one is one of its leaders. For lunch I chose some marinated spinach roots in olive oil, squash cooked in olive oil with dill, fresh artichokes in olive oil, and grilled mackerel. The plates were the perfect size for sharing or having to oneself. I was selfish because they tasted so good and were different from the typical Turkish fare. With great food, excellent and friendly service and spot on decorations, this restaurant serves up the food at a reasonable cost making for a very reassuring gluten-free experience.

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