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ISTANBUL CAFE GRILL BAR

9.1/10
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1039 Mt Alexander Road, 3040 Essendon (VIC)See map

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Excellent

9.1/10
based on 83 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. MICHELLE B.
    MICHELLE B.
    • 10 reviews
    9/10

    We were a little nervous when we saw new owners and a new chef but were thrilled with the food, if anything it has got better than it was before. It was a little sad we were the only ones there but that didn't detract from our evening. Our main problem was communication we had the Banquet, we weren't asked what dips we wanted which meant a lot was wasted, we weren't asked if we wanted any drinks during the night after the start so everyone drank water which is not good for their profit. We were not asked if we wanted tea or coffee she just made tea for everyone, we were also only offered the baklava for dessert, the previous owners had given us a choice of a scoop of ice-cream and tea or coffee but I do know the banquet says tea & baklava. We were made coffee when we asked and the chef/owner was lovely and friendly. Those that had tea got a very nice difference with a saffron sugar stick.

  2. Tony P.
    Tony P.
    • 11 reviews
    9.5/10

    It's our 3rd time dining there. The food is always great. We ordered the Adana banquet. Food was cooked to perfection. We also received a complimentary soup starter. Thank you to all the staff See you again

  3. Fil B.
    Fil B.
    • 8 reviews
    9/10

    Fabulous food and so much

  4. David F.
    David F.
    • 14 reviews
    10/10

    New owners but the food and service was as good as that delivered by the previous owners. They are having an official opening this Saturday with live music. We'll be booking our spots for Saturday !

  5. Caroline S.
    Caroline S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Great little restaurant with friendly staff. Food is delicious and well priced and the service is speedy. Have been there twice and both occasions were very enjoyable. Definitely going back.

  6. Tony P.
    Tony P.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    This was our first time here but not the last. We ordered the banquet for 2 and it was great value for money. The meats were cooked to perfection. The initial dips were spot on. Elias the owner was very welcoming. Looking forward to our return.

  7. Charles X.
    Charles X.
    • 21 reviews
    10/10

    Absolutely love this place, it’s a little hidden gem. The staff are so friendly, food is amazing and service is really personal. We had the banquet which is way more than most places and every plate was delicious. Highly recommend but hope l always can get a seat. 12/10

  8. Niki P.
    Niki P.
    • one review
    9/10

    First time dining here definitely will be going back

  9. Kim L.
    Kim L.
    • 5 reviews
    9.5/10

    Had been recommended this restaurant from a few people so decided to try it out, and wasn’t disappointed. The food and service were great.

  10. Maureen H.
    Maureen H.
    • one review
    9/10

    Really love the ambience of this restaurant crisp white tablecloths on all tables set beautifully with glasses etc. really nice food good service and outdoor heating cosy for chilly weather great find.

  11. Joel R.
    Joel R.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    Really rustic vibe, beautiful food, caring staff genuinely authentic. Loved how the chef came out to meet all of the customers, would return

  12. Sun Young B.
    Sun Young B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fsntastic food and service

  13. Elisa S.
    Elisa S.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Friendly welcoming staff and fresh, scrumptious food!! Thanks we will be back!! We had Gozleme, dips, chicken fillets and calamari. Everything was amazing!!

  14. Michael M.
    Michael M.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Had the Turkish breakfast and it was perfect. Delicious food and good portions.

  15. Tracey B.
    Tracey B.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    Great to be back after lockdown. Great value, great food and so very welcoming. Good to see that it was fully booked on a Sat night. Lovely outdoor setup now too.

  16. Melanie R.
    Melanie R.
    • one review
    9/10

    Lovely vibe and atmosphere, staff were very friendly and welcoming. Food was decent and clearly homemade. Will be going back!

  17. Jasna D.
    Jasna D.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    The food was delicious, the staff extra friendly and the atmosphere very pleasant. We will definitely come back and refer to the friends and family. Thank you

  18. Frank P.
    Frank P.
    • 11 reviews
    3/10

    Service was very average to poor based on having to repeat Ourselves multiple times forgetting our drinks multiple times and the food was very average dips really didn’t have much flavour. Our chicken was raw but no one complained.

  19. Angelina  A.
    Angelina A.
    • one review
    10/10

    I LOVE this restaurant. I know you will too. Uncomplicated, good quality and well cooked food. The chef is the owner and treats his customers like family. I’ve been twice this week and already have a booking for next Friday. I wouldn’t go back again and again if it wasn’t AMAZING !

  20. Kunal P.
    Kunal P.
    • one review
    10/10

    The staff are warm and friendly and attentive. The wine is well priced as is most of the menu. The soft warm bread served with the dips is nothing short of epic! I enjoyed the parma which was the perfect size and tasted divine. My better half enjoyed a caesar salad and it was bursting with flavour and thick pieces of chicken. I loved my visit here and I will definitely come back!

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1039 Mt Alexander Road, 3040, Essendon (VIC), Australia

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Middle Eastern, , Brunch, Christmas and New Year,

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