Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hidden charges (cheater and best to avoid) of Mavi Melek Restaurant @ Istanbul, Turkey

Surveying for the restaurant around Pera area of Istiklal street. I found out this restaurant Mavi Melek has interesting menu and I would like to try their testi kebab. There are many good Trip Advisor reviews placed outside the restaurant. Without realising, this restaurant is a trap and I would advise fellow tourist to avoid this restaurant.

Taste:6/10(Moderate. I expecting something tasty from the agreed price of 45 Lira for one person portion of testi kebab. However, the meal come out is just normal and without aroma that I am expected. The only good meal here are their roasted eggplant salad and chocolate dessert which I have tried).
Price:3/10(Expensive. The price charge for a person portion of testi kebab already expensive. To add insult, they let you choose the meze that they bring without advising their customers that each of the meze is different pricing. I have chosen anchovies soaked in sour chilli oil which was priced as 20 Lira! And roasted eggplant salad at 7 Lira which is still ok as it was in the menu. Then I never request for spring water but its on the table and charge 5 Lira. The worst part is there is tax on the bill which is 8 Lira! During my one week trip in Istanbul, I never encounter any restaurant which charges tax! 85 Lira for the meal shown below is simply expensive).

Proof of bill charges of this restaurant. Simply amazing of tax charges of 8 Lira! From initially thought 45 Lira meal become 85 Lira meal. What a con artist restaurant.

The waiter will bring many mezes for you to choose. It looks good but beware! There is no price indication of each meze. They can just simply charge the price of the meze after your meal!

I have chosen fresh anchovies with sour chilies.

This dish were good. Turkish roasted eggplant salad.

Ordered testi kebab. Nice presentation and cooked in a clay jar.

Testi kebab with potato rice.

The content of the clay jar. Testi kebab consist of beef, red pepper, garlic, green chillies and onions.


Chocolate dessert which is good. Creamy and thick chocolate.

A cosy restaurant with outside and inside seats.

The restaurant - Mavi Melek which show many good review from Trip Advisor. The review most probably are fake!

Coordinate/GPS: 41.030198, 28.974426
Address: Asmalı Mescit Mh. 34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
Public transport: Tunel, Taksim, Sishane or Galatasaray station.


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