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Oct 23
Friday

Grifin: Seafood Oasis

Filed under Reviews (Eats)

grifinEditor’s note: Due to a number of troubling reports, we can no longer recommend this restaurant. Though the view remains as fine as ever, it seems the kitchen is no longer holding up its end of the bargain. The good news is that Tarihi Karaköy Balıkçısı, located just downstairs from Grifin and open during the daytime, remains as good as ever.

In Karaköy’s Perşembe Pazarı, a historic commercial district on the shores of the Golden Horn, the dining scene is decidedly no-frills. Simple lunch spots thrive by day on the business of hungry and busy people buying and selling hardware – a meat-and-potatoes crowd. Any white tablecloth in these market streets is probably bound in twine and sold in bulk. Come nightfall, the streets are empty and the shops all locked up, not a hungry soul in sight. It seems even the streetlights in this part of town don’t bother to do their thing. Which makes the appearance of Grifin, a high-end seafood restaurant with an up-the-Bosphorus vibe and sweeping views, a baffling culinary mirage. Continue…


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6 responses - Posted 07.27.09
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5 responses - Posted 07.10.09
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2 responses - Posted 06.26.09
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no responses - Posted 05.13.09
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7 responses - Posted 04.06.09
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