Despite a fairly good French-influenced menu, most of the moneyed clientele come here to be seen rather than eat. Dressed in their colourful finery, ... More
Despite a fairly good French-influenced menu, most of the moneyed clientele come here to be seen rather than eat. Dressed in their colourful finery, the well-heeled customers enter through a narrow corridor, walking over colourful old carpets and bright kilims (traditional Turkish rugs). The walls are hung with thickly woven blankets. The ostentatious decor makes the whole place resemble a gigantic Bedouin tent. In summer, everyone prefers to dine on the open-air garden terrace with fabulous views of the Bosphorus.
- Foods are delicious
- The ambiance is very nice, very well decorated.
- Service is very good
- Musics are excellent
- Very nice bosphorus view
- Very elegent customers, no paparazzi
- Next our table, Uma Thurman was sitting and having her dinner.
- 50-100 USD per person
We have picked up "Ulus 29" from dozens of great restaurants in Istanbul to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and much to our regret this is the only bad experience we have had from the whole ten days trip to Turkey!
We have arrived in the restaurant in a celebratory mode together with our dear English friend who brought us a bottle of Don Perignon Champagne upon his arrival from London. We were planning to brake it before arriving at the restaurant on the banks of the Bosphorus, helas the traffic prevented the execution of our plan (we had a chilled bottle of Don Perignon and glasses provided by our hotel in a separate bag) - the traffic was so bad it took us almost one hour and fifteen minutes to get to the restaurant without possibility of making a stop on the Bosphorus (we have called them we would be delayed).
Anyway, we have arrived in the restaurant and I asked for three glasses of Champagne in order to put us in a celebratory mood - the waiter told us they have no Champagne by the glass only Proseco. I have asked for a wine list and together with the list the sommelier appeared who's name was Stefan (French origin with a perfect English accent). I have explai ned the whole situation concerning our plan to start celebrating our 10th Anniversary on the banks of Bosphorus with our bottle of Don Perignon which was brought by our English friend and showed him that we even had glasses ready in a separate bag, however, the terrible traffic had prevented us from the perfect execution of our plan. Stefan seemed extremely nice and understanding and he said it should be no problem whatsoever for us to drink our bottle of Don Perignon. He seemed to imply that there would be absolutely no problem if we were to open this bottle and we have taken him for his word and asked him to open it.
We had an enjoyable dinner and since Stefan seemed to be a nice guy we proceeded to order two very good and I amy add pricey bottles of wine (around $180-200 per bottle) thinking it would be such a great evening. Helas, the bill has arrived and the restaurant charged us 400 Turkish Lira (approx. $270 as a corkage fee for our bottle of Champagne!!!). It cannot be that after reassuring us that there would be no problem opening our bottle they would proceed to charge us more than the value of the bottle of Champagne for it! At the end of the night I have expressed my complete disappointment to the sommelier Stefan as we felt completely let down. Please beware as we dont't want to anybody to become another victim!
Andre & Kim, New York
One of the "In" place of Istanbul. Where the "people" of Istanbul like to have dinner and then party all night in the club attached to it, the view from there is just amazing! Expensive (Dinner around 80 USD+/person)but worth it.
PS: the atmosphere is more like an "in" London/Paris style club, so if you are looking for a Turkish atmosphere you are at the wrong place! Hiwever, if you wish to go nuts all night, this is the place...
Everything is best! friday parties . . .
dancing. . .
saturday parties . . .
food is delicious
kofte is good drinkss everything
last time i visited ulus 29 was this saturday and i am going to there this friday.
This place is a must for any young person visiting Istanbul. The people are as beautiful as the view across the Bosphorus and at night there is no place else to be. I will definitely go back when I'm in Istanbul again!
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