Stanbuli

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$40 and under
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Turkish
The name Stanbuli is taken from the local lingo of Istanbul’s streets. Stanbuli is an affectionate term for an Istanbul local and is an exciting Turkish Restaurant from Chef and Owner Ibrahim Kasif.

While travelling to Istanbul and Northern Cyprus Ibrahim dreamed of reinterpreting the cuisine of his own cultural heritage. Years later the dream of his own restaurant took on the form of a style of eatery known as a Meyhane.

Intrinsic to a Meyhane is a sense of nostalgia and romance. Underpinning the Meyhane tradition is a convivial atmosphere characterised by a fun, social style of eating and drinking. Food is always shared – a central tenet of Turkish custom and an underlying feature in hosting guests.

Meze – abundant / colourful and creative / seemingly endless little dishes – invites the diner to commence their evening with cold dishes serving up an array of vegetables, yoghurts, cheeses, fish and offal.

Specials

Stanbuli Early Bird Special - $50 per person

Book at 6pm on Tuesday to Thursday and for $50 per person select any dish from our Mangal/Charcoal & Wood-fire grill to share between 2. Accompanied by a selection of our traditional Turkish Meze. Or dine from our Sofra Menu for the full menu experience from $69. We are more than happy to cater to any dietary requirements so please let us know at the time you make your booking.

Terms and Conditions: Offer only available Tuesday to Thursday and bookings must be before 6.30pm.

Valid For: 2 - 7 people

Starts: May 28, 2019

Ends: March 11, 2020

Availability: Tue-Thu 6:00PM-6:15PM

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SR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the food and the service was on point, friendly, attentive, interested in food and they appeared to be happy to work there. My only down point was, sitting on stools, high stools aren't good for people with back issues and short legs - I'd recommend anyone with back issues to request a table with chairs, we will definitely go back but will request a table upstairs.
Thanks for a lovely night.

H
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the BEST meyhane in sydney. REAL turkish food. Such a diverse menu, vegan friendly but not shy to please the carnivores.

LH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Beautiful and delicious food with a clear influence of home and grandma-style cooking, yet with a high-degree of elegance. The tasting menu offers incredible value, the food just kept coming! The ambience is pleasant and the building has been renovated nicely. However, the lighting was too dim to properly see the food and I felt my eyes straining after I left the restaurant. It is also quite loud and I had trouble hearing the waiters when they were placing food on the table. Apart from those minor atmospheric issues, the food and service were excellent. I had a Turkish wine paired with the wood-fired lamb. The acidity was quite unique; sharp enough to balance the decadently fatty lamb kofte, but never reaching a point of abrasiveness when sipped on its own. Well done! Overall we had a delightful experience, thank you to all the team!

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere and food were brilliant. The service excellent, but friendly. The Sofra menu was a fantastic option as we got to taste so much, if anything, there was too much food!! Would highly recommend.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yet another fab experience eating delicious food and drinking beautiful wine

CM
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, excellent service. Never been there before, will definetely go again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fab.

IT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Turkish food served by friendly efficient staff in a relaxed and stylish environment. Top marks in my opinion and very worthy of repeat visits.

RC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved everything we had, especially stuffed muscles and fried cauliflower with tahini sauce were amazing! We will be back for sure

TV
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, service and food at Stanbuli. I will keep recommending this place to anyone who will listen.

A
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was really exceptional and we had a great night. Music was great and set a nice vibe but maybe just a touch too loud. Would also be good to have a more modest priced wine as there are none under $65. Other than that I can't fault this place and look forward to going back.

SN
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, highly recommend. Have been here a couple of times and have enjoyed it each time.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very friendly, and the food was brilliant. The Sofra menu is great value. It's not as 'fine dining' atmosphere as we thought but this turned out to be nice.

MJ
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

We were really looking forward to going here. I frequently go to a lot of their restaurants and love them but this was a real let down. My friend and I felt so incredibly rushed, as soon as we sat down we were pounced on and then every few minutes after that. My friend and I had a lot to catch up on and were excited to see each other so enjoying chatting at first but we just felt quite uncomfortable with the pressure. The waiter pushed the chefs menu so we went with that as seemed easy, especially as it didn’t feel like they would wait much longer for us to review the menu properly. The food arrived really quickly and the menu was just far to much for 2 people. Half way through they told us we only had 30 mins left before we had to leave as there was another booking. We had to cancel the dessert part of the chefs menu as there was no way we could have got through it all. We were obviously really disappointed as there was so much food and no time to enjoy it all so they just told us they could box it up for us. Needless to say the waiters were getting annoyed as we were still there when they wanted us gone. We were going as fast as we could! We literally had to take home half of our meal and frustratingly they didn’t put lids on the takeaway boxes, just wrapped them in foil so the food leaked everywhere, through the paper bag and all over the poor bar seats we went to nearby. We were mortified as had no idea! Anyway the waiters were pretty unpleasant and we were practically pushed out the door with empty tables all around us, including our own as it didn’t seem like another reservation was coming. When we walked out we heard the front of house telling walk-ins they could get a table in 5 -10mins! So disappointing. We would have loved to have stayed and spent more money (already having dropped $190 in under 2 hours as we had no choice) so went to Queen Chow for a drink and had fantastic service there. It was so refreshing after what we’d just experienced.

CB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely incredible. Of course I ordered way too much and couldn't finish so will be back to have another go soon.

HW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best high-end food in Newtown (probably), served by fantastic staff in chic surroundings.

CA
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Service & Ambiance. Wine List is great but entry point is expensive, which to me makes it a special occasion place. If it had a decent "House Red / White" at the $30-$40 range, making overall meal more affordable, would eat their regularly..... so if you don't need wine, it's a great place!!

FT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but it is still quite noisy. There are noise dampening attempts which is great to see.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special experience - such knowledge and sophistication from the staff but without pomposity .. just respect... and so much sensational food for a good price (we did the banquet at $69 pp)... We left with a giant doggy bag because we couldn't bear to waste a morsel. I'll be back for sure. These guys are so good at what they do.
Jo

ME
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food!
Favourites were the muhallebi with mandarin granita, kunenfe and adana kebab.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Exceeded! All our expectations!
Not one bite was regrettable and we deliberately left room for dessert and we’re not disappointed!!!
Customer Service, Brilliant, Friendly, Knowledgable and just attentive enough :)

So worth a try!

LP
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff. Food was amazing and so much. We actually couldn’t choose a favourite dish as they were equally good.

DT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to Stanbuli with a group - food and service was fantastic. The mezze plates were particularly outstanding. The chef also served up two vegetarian mains (shared) off the menu, very accommodating staff.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning and very different!

In the world where everyone sells the same thing, this place so stands out!

Welcome, food, ambience and the overall experience is pure 10!

Cannot wait to go back, thanks guys
Marina

L
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Slightly more sophisticated take on traditional turkish cuisine. Delicious, but not as fancy as it tries to be.

JT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and many vegetarian options.
Nice ambience and helpful and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended

SD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would definitely do it again.

Great food, great service

JB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, a very enjoyable meal, efficient friendly staff. We were served in a timely manner. The food was excellent, we chose the chefs recommendations and were very happy. Will certainly go back.

E
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Ridiculously average food, well presented.
Service varies from exemplary to overtly familiar and inappropriate, depending on who you get.
The flavour of the Emperor's New Clothes.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Stanbuli was absolutely fantastic. The servings were a good size and the waiting staff were friendly and helpful. I’ll definitely be back soon.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. The food was amazing, but I did not like the snapper.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

For the service yes.. service was impeccable but I go to eat The food was good however the lamb was so overpriced. And you can get just As good a couple of doors up for 1/3 the price.

The salads were beautiful but were swimming in dressing!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Cypriot Turkish restaurant in Sydney! Absolutely amazing food, service and atmosphere! Cannot fault this restaurant

D
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd time at Stanbuli, but 1st time opting for Chef's Menu ($69 without dessert, $75 with dessert). Wish I'd have done this the previous times. Incredible! And great value for money compared to dining a la carte.

M
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and vibe great for a Saturday night. Attentive service and great wine list made it a birthday to remember!

JR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Recommended to us by friends, we enjoyed an excellent meal, the service was friendly and efficient, couldn't fault it really. We had the chefs choice which was outstanding. My only recommendation is to go with an empty stomach as there is a lot of food. We could have had half of the Meze plates that were served as we ended up taking the rest home which again was no trouble.

CJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

such a pleasant place, relaxed, delicious things to eat -

CA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Unfortunately we sat downstairs at a table that was in a high traffic area. The seats were bar stools that weren't comfortable for the age of some of my party. There was no option given for another table. The food and service were excellent.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. The food was absolutely delicious, and the place has a great and cosy atmosphere. We came to celebrate our anniversary and definitely will be back

JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat at the end of the bar - which was perfect! The wine selection was great and the bartender did a great job with recommendations and keeping us topped up. Food was delicious but we were encouraged to get one more dish that we had trouble fitting it!
Over all 5/5!