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

What 432 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CA
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

SR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

SD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would definitely do it again.

Great food, great service

JB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

CA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

PL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely top notch! The servers know everything about the food and wine, and made some fantastic recommendations! Friendly, comfortable ambiance and really nice staff. We’ll be back!

S
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently amazing. Staff very knowledgeable and provide excellent recommendations

CV
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Lovely space. Will come back for sure!

RD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. You can taste the freshness in every bite! I love coming here!!

NS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i have been to many turkish places but this one defiantly beats them all

JS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, great service & delicious food!

GW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and excellent service. Can’t wait to go back.

EM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The only annoying thing is the time 8.45 and the table before is where late so by the time we ordered was 9.20! I was starving and also despite telling them I had allergies to capsicum two entrees both had capsicum and I couldn’t eat them. Lots of capsicum on your menu!

AM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive service in a bustling eatery. Lovely fresh food. Recommend.

S
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience. The food was outrageously good. Every dish we ordered, left us in awe. Perhaps a little pricey, but it’s impossible to feel anything other than 100% satisfied when the food is THAT good. The staff were so lovely and made the experience most enjoyable. Would one hundred percent go again!

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