Sorry, but no…

Sorry, but no: Yengeç Restaurant – Urla

So proud to serve 102 kinds of meze, they forgot that the food should be fresh, for one thing. Fresh for another. The ingredient quality is one of the key factors in restaurant business. Adding soy sauce, tuzot- umami salts – cream, does not help the dish to become better,…

Sorry, but no: Casa Alberto, Madrid

Everyone told me to go there, to dine there, so I did. Very disappointed! It was ‘the one bad meal we had’ in Madrid. This old and beautiful establishment turned a big deep eat and get out hole. Go there if you want  to get rushed service, grumpy waiters, crampy tables, bugs…

Sorry, but no: Güler Ocakbaşı Esentepe

Being unable to cook is something, but if your customers get food poisoned with your yogurt mezzes -one of us who had the mezze-, that is another thing… no need to tell about the rude waiters eating while working and talking mouthful, same as the ones in the kitchen serving the mezze,…

Sorry, but no: Dönerci Sadık Usta – Istanbul

For a decent portion of döner, you need decent meat. You need high quality meat. Because döner is made from meat and animal fat, to be precise, tail fat. But… The smell of the meat was very unappetizing, the meat used was fron various low quality cuts, nerves and all…

Sorry, but no: Cerciş Murat Konağı – Mardin

First we were hit by the bad service, meaning no server around. Then surprisingly our starters appeared, looking dull, tasteless, then our main courses, which I wish they disappeared! The food was like a leftover plate hit by stale bread and a microscopic piece of meat on it. It was…

Sorry, but no: Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi – Istanbul

Very sorry to say, but Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi’s coffees are so much roasted, pitch black dark roasted, burnt, you can not get the taste of the coffee but a burnt substance.  Why not buy the high quality beans and process it? I would definitely pay more for decent Turkish…

Sorry, but no: Kanaat Lokantası – Istanbul

I held myself so long for this entry. It makes me sad as I  write because, Kanaat Lokantası is one of the oldest esnaf lokantası, tradesman restaurants in Istanbul. But the other day, again and again the same thing happened.  Within the last years the quality of the ingredients, the…

Sorry, but no: Nihat Usta – Akçaabat, Trabzon

The köfte is very famous in Akçaabat, actually Akçaabat is known for its köfte-meatballs-. Nihat Usta was another bad experience on the road. We had to stop there thinking all those reputation was worth a bite. Surprise surprise! Köfte was tasteless, greasy and cold, the beans of the piyaz were…

Sorry, but no: Wienerwald – Istanbul

Some days you want to eat junk food or you care for a good grilled chicken that you did not cook.  So you order in. That is when we ordered Wienerwald. The chicken was like boiled rather then grilled, tastes like paper even though it is  marinated with their 55…