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Cafe Istanbul

A restaurant which can cater to every need, and level of class.
By Steph Trengrove
May 07, 2015
By Steph Trengrove
May 07, 2015

Café Istanbul is one of the more authentic-seeming Turkish restaurants around Wellington, and has quite a captivating, exotic feel. It’s worth heading here for more than just the standard post-town kebab consumption as they have a lot more to offer than just kebabs - including shisha, sometimes belly dancers, and great staff. Said staff are a pleasure, even putting up with some remarkably bizarre drunken antics (there may have been a mint-theft on an embarrassingly large scale at one point, but we don’t need to go into that), which is a serious point to their credit.

Café Istanbul is a fun and different place to take a date, or your mum, but is also a BYO meaning that your evening could end up both beginning and ending with kebabs, just to shake things up a bit (this also proves the versatility of the mighty kebab – there is no bad time to have one). It is the perfect destination for dining at any end of the class spectrum (ranging from a romantic date, to a weary and utterly hammered way-home feed).

In order to sample one of their delectable kebabs, only $8 needs to be parted with. This will then make you the happy owner of an enormous (and delicious – these guys nail the sauce ratio) falafel kebab, which is hot, tightly wrapped, flavoursome, and equal parts crunchy and soft. Pretty hard to argue with the deliciousness of that.

A restaurant which can cater to every need, and level of class; a difficult feat and one well worth experiencing for oneself.

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