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Istanbul
Kuruçesme
Alaf
Alaf Reviews

Alaf

Turkish

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Reviews of Alaf (30)

Read what people think about Alaf. All restaurant reviews are written by verified Quandoo diners. Learn more about Alaf before you go by getting tips and ratings from other restaurant-goers. With real-life reviews, you can see what other diners loved about Alaf and book a table with confidence!

5.2/6

30 reviews

Food:Outstanding
Atmosphere:Excellent
Service:Excellent
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Exceptionally Good
Noise levels:Very pleasant
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New"Excellent"
6/6
Robert M.7 hours ago · 2 reviews

Superlative and balanced innovation executed with finesse and attention to detail. Bravo to the entire team at Alaf. A unique dining experience that blends tradition with modern innovation while showcasing the best of Anatolian cuisine. We dined at Alaf last year and again one year later. We were delighted to experience a meal and service that transcends most restaurants (anywhere)! Just a few highlights: Exceptional cocktails—my favorite was a gin-based drink featuring avocado and satsuma mandarins—exceptional amuse-bouche: Hermus olive oil, goat butter with sourdough bread, and Batik (a flatbread) with tahini and peanuts (a nod to Chef Temel's Yörük heritage). A cold sorrel soup and "Aydın" camel sausage with sausage bread round out the opening, showcasing familiar and unique ingredients. Another exceptional course from the tasting menu included Porcini Mushrooms and Turkish Coffee. Garlic Armor Kebab and Beef Tail "Pöç" Pastry: Traditional cooking methods are used here. "Pöç" refers to a slow-cooking technique in a pit, hinting at the preparation of the beef tail.

New"Very good"
5/6
Artem G.10 days ago · 1 review

Big thanks to the chef and the catering. It was awesome evening

New"Excellent"
6/6
Melinda P.10 days ago · 2 reviews

The food was delicious, the service was very friendly , the ambiance as well super nice we JUST LOVED IT 😍

"Excellent"
6/6
Rob S.18 days ago · 1 review

Via het tv-programma op 24-kitchen van Karsu’s Turkse keuken kwamen we bij Alaf terecht. Alle gerechten waren erg verassend en bijzonder lekker. Vooral de gevulde bal met gedroogd vlees er op en het dessert met peper waren geweldig! Fijne sfeer en erg attent personeel. Lekker op het terras zitten met de heaters aan en uitzicht op de Bosporus. Verwacht dat Alaf binnen 2 jaar een ster heeft in de Michelin-gids.

"Average"
3/6
Quandoo Dinera month ago · 1 review

Exzellente Küche aber nur ein Tisch im Freien bei Kälte und Wind

"Excellent"
6/6
Carole W.a month ago · 1 review

Amazing restaurant! It should be in the 50 best or have 1 star michelin. I did some other michelin star in turkey and alaf definitely deserve one! Very modern! Interesting flavour with a traditional base! Great night! Desserts were amazing!

"Not good "
2/6
Nihan O.a month ago · 1 review

Daha onceki farkli restaurant deneyimlerime kiyasla cok basarisizdi. Yemekler havali gorunuyor ancak lezzet acisindan son derece ozensiz. Tasting menude olmasi gereken surpriz tatlar yoktu. Hic memnun kalmadim.

"Excellent"
6/6
OLEG B.2 months ago · 1 review

Real fine dining experience! Great dishes and service! Highly recommend

"Not good "
2/6
İhsan Gürkan U.2 months ago · 1 review

Hesap ödedikten sonra bir sonraki oturum için 5 dakikanız var demeleri çok tatsız oldu, biraz daha oturup birkaç kadeh birşey içmeyi düşünüyordum, hoş olmadı.

"Excellent"
6/6
Gill R.2 months ago · 1 review

What amazing food, we had the tasting menu. Will definitely come back.

"Excellent"
6/6
Saurabh K.2 months ago · 1 review

We loved our evening at Alaf. Gorgeous food and wine and delightful service. A real treat.

"Excellent"
6/6
Sedef U.2 months ago · 1 review

Her şey gayet güzeldi, sadece şarap şişe fiyatlarını biraz fazla bulduk. Teşekkürler

"Excellent"
6/6
Ralica I.2 months ago · 1 review

Wonderful food,excellent atmosphere and good service.We will return back soon.

"Very good"
5/6
Barbora J.2 months ago · 1 review

Thank you for a pleasant experience. In case of tasting menu I recommend to be hungry, the portions are generous.

"Excellent"
6/6
Terri V.2 months ago · 1 review

Ristorante molto alla moda, cucina dai sapori autentici, ricchi e con accostamenti molto azzeccati. Merita una stella, una nota particolare ai dolci. Superlativi. Super consigliato

"Excellent"
6/6
Eleonora B.2 months ago · 2 reviews

Lovely place, simple and classy atmosphere in a lovely area of Istanbul. The food was delicious, we went with the a la carte menu. The starters were pretty huge, I was pleasantly surprised since I expected portions to be too tiny. The offered us an amuse buche as well. Very good wine as well!

"Very good"
5/6
Aylin A.5 months ago · 1 review

Servis sunum güler yüz. Her şey harika. Tekrar geleceğim. Tavsiye ederim.

"Not good "
2/6
Carlos V.7 months ago · 1 review

Accustomed to dining out in Peru, a huge difference in quality of food.

"Excellent"
6/6
Robert H.7 months ago · 1 review

Great meal. Staff was lovely, food was fantastic and wine was delicious.

"Very good"
5/6
Antonio M G.8 months ago · 2 reviews

Molto buono, terrazza carina, menu variegato, cibo ottimo. Unica pecca un po’ di lentezza nel servizio

"Very good"
5/6
Pelin K.8 months ago · 1 review

çok memnun kaldık hizmet ve çalışanlar çok başarılıydı. teşekkürler, pelin.

"Very good"
5/6
Aylin Ü.8 months ago · 1 review

Yemekler çok leziz , servis çok güzel ve ortam çok keyifliydi .

"Excellent"
6/6
Halla Björk B.8 months ago · 1 review

Great food and excellent service! People are so nice and friendly. And the most amazing cocktails!

"Excellent"
6/6
Simge G.9 months ago · 1 review

Harika bir geceydi bizim için. Tadım menüsündeki her bir parça çok keyifliydi.

"Excellent"
6/6
Michael P.9 months ago · 1 review

It was an extraordinary experience from start to finish. The food presentation, flavors and ambiance just blew us away. Incredible service, information regarding the food and wine and the incredible position overlooking the Bosphorus all made for our most memorable night in Istanbul. Congratulations to your outstanding team !!!!!

"Excellent"
6/6
Alina F.9 months ago · 2 reviews

Amazing setting, outdoor terrace has a warm yet upscale feel to it. Waiters very attentive. Food is very unique but with traditional undertones.

"Good"
4/6
ELİF İ.9 months ago · 1 review

Rezervasyon yaparken dogum gunu için geldigimizi cam kenarimda olmasini rica etmistim.Dikkate alınmadıği gibi tatlının üzerine bir mum koymak düşünülmemiş...

"Very good"
5/6
Seda Ö.10 months ago · 1 review

Şefin ana yemek için bize yaptığı jest çok güzeldi, her şey için teşekkürler

"Excellent"
6/6
SELVA K.a year ago · 1 review

Son yıllarda yaşadığımız en güzel ve en yenilikçi deneyimlerden biriydi. Şeflere yaratıcılıkları için, çalışan herkese samimi misafirperverlikleri için teşekkür etmemiz gerekir. Tüm bunların yanında şehrin karmaşasında sakin ve güzel manzaralı bir mekan yaratmak ayrı bir başarı...

"Excellent"
6/6
Erdem T.a year ago · 2 reviews

Very nice ambiance, kind and attentive service and extremely delicious food!