On the day we were visiting Grand Bazaar, we again looked at our food book and picked Kara Mehmet Kebap Salonu, one of the restaurants recommended there as they supposedly had the best Kunefe. This choice made our trip more rewarding that we were expecting it to be.
The restaurant had an address that made the vendors stop and think for a second when we asked for directions. A couple of them sent us towards an approximate direction and told us to ask there again. As we approached the area, we missed the little sign that was going to take us to this restaurant's section a couple times. Finally, through a narrow hallway, we actually went outside from the normally indoors Grand Bazaar. In what seemed like a forgotten corner was our restaurant. It did not look like much.
It was in a courtyard that had a few copper vendors, gift shops and a public bathroom. We could hear the banging on the copper from the shop above the restaurant. The weather was so beautiful on this winter day that we could enjoy being outside. We sat down to order. They did not have the kunefe. It was a major dissappointment for me but our waiter's eagerness to serve us their tasty food got me excited.
These little restaurants always get me when they start serving little plates of appetizers on the house which usually taste great. Their tomato based spicy salad and lavash was zesty. My beyti was simple but well done. Their coffee was the best.