Delicious falafel with a lovely sauce - and one of the only places I've been able to find in Istanbul that sells it. The restaurant is nicely decorated inside giving it a welcoming atmosphere and is run by a very friendly multilingual Jordanian. All in all a great spot to grab some delicious local and Middle Eastern style food.
Sahlatin the host speaks several languages (Turkish, Arabic, English) with fluency, and can chat in others (Italian, Spanish). Ask him about the ingredients if you have concerns about them, he's very friendly.
He usually has vegan dishes of beans, vegetable stews, potatoes, also offers vegetarian potato salad and some other dishes. Does serve meat, but understands what 'vegetarian' means.
The house speciality is his felafel which I can say is probably the best in Turkey. Traditional Jordanian-style, with home made chili and tahini. Offered on a platter with bread, or in a durum (flatbread roll) with some vegetables, it was 5t to go and well worth it.
The vegetarian options are sometimes good, sometimes average. It's not always fresh, and sometimes gets reheated. Otherwise, it's pretty good.
Cons: Not always fresh bain marie.
We came upon this smallish felafel house late one night whilst wandering the neighbourhoods after dinner. The owner came and said hello and we had a chat, promising to be back soon. I'm so glad we were. He is a personable, friendly, humourous man with very precise English. Being from Jordan, his specialty is felafel and hummus. He also provides a selection of hot food (soups, lentils, various vegetable dishes from the bain marie. The hot food definitely looks all vegan, as well as the felafel and hummus. Feel free to talk with him about the ingredients. The three of us sat, and we received a pile of felafel, hummus, salad, bread, tahini dressing and condiments. We ordered 3 teas and also were provided with three portions of a walnut and phyllo dessert. The total cost was 36 TL/ 18 Euros. It was a very straight forward meal, portion sizes were good and we enjoyed it immensely. A very pleasant experience.
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