Boncuk has been my favorite meyhane (Turkish tavern) for more than 10 years. They’re located on the famous Nevizade street in a four-storey building with a summer terrace. Few tables also available in front which are popular in summer for people watching. Although Rakı is the most popular, a local wine menu available with moderate prices besides other alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks.
Sharing food is a tradition at meyhanes, starting with mezes (cold starters) where they’re usually on table till the end of night. Mezes are served over a large tray to choose from and Boncuk is famous for Armenian meze “topik” and whiting fish with basil sauce. Another specialty is grilled liver as a hot starter where they also offer calamari or shrimps generally followed by fish of day according to season. After 21:00, a street band of Turkish musicians sings around tables working on tip basis. They are not the best but great fun when people join them to sing their popular songs!
Boncuk is an ideal restaurant to experience traditional Turkish food with moderate prices and I advice reservation for summer weekends especially for outdoor seating.
Boncuk Restaurant | Music, Restaurants (Traditional) | Dinner from (p.p) TL 70
Balık pazarı Nevizade Sokak No:19 | +902122431219
12:00 – 00:00 daily