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Respond to Review of Zencefil
by gourmande

Review: We were rather disappointed by the food here, given the reputation it seems to have and the good reviews we had read previous to our visit. The restaurant is pleasant, and clearly quite popular, judging by the fact it was nearly full on both our visits. There was nothing wrong with the food as such, but there was no particular flair in the execution of the dishes. The range of dishes on offer sounded good by their descriptions, but the various dishes we tried were rather bland - this seems unforgivable and unfathomable in a city where spices and herbs are available in abundance! For instance, the lentil patties I had on one visit were presented without any garnish, without a side salad, and were poorly seasoned/spiced - had it not been for the accompanying relish, I would not have been able to eat that dish. I rather resented paying the 11,50 TL for the SMALL portion of this not-very-tasty dish. If you are looking for a really memorable and satisfying vegetarian meal in Istanbul, go across the road instead to Parsifal!


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