Stanbuli

4.5
317 reviews
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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.

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Enjoy a delicious Turkish dinner at Stanbuli, and then settle into the marble-top bar for the rest of the night.

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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and just as amazing as the first. Took family members for the first time and they loved the place and want to definitely come back as we will too. Beautiful food.
The absolute best service. Cannot praise the waitstaff enough - efficient, friendly, attentive, professional. They knew what we needed before we even did!!
Can't wait to come back!

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly and professional service, great menu, also devine drinks

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SP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. So tasty. Service friendly, helpful in navigating menu, attentive to detail and observant as to what was happening on the table. Couldn’t recommend high enough.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited to celebrate my birthday. Being a group we decided to go for a banquet. The food was absolutely delicious and the quantity of food was nothing short of biblical. In regards to wine, we stuck with the Turkish selections and were not disappointed. Great food, interesting and delicious wine. Most definitely coming back!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

A really disappointing experience.

It is written when you book that bookings for 2 may be seated at the bar but I thought it wouldn't actually happen for a booking and was just written there as a backup, just in case, due to the word "may" being used in place of "will be seated at the bar". This is a really unpleasant way to have an expensive meal, especially when this neighborhood has great food for a fraction of the price.

The chicken skewer was tough, we could only eat about half of it. The food was fine but definitely wouldn't recommend dining here on a date or ever with two people.

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FC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

An absolutely delicious meal. I’d been here three times before so I knew the feast that awaited. But I took a couple of friends who’ve never tried stanbuli. They were suitably impressed. We had the cauliflower and the pumpkin, the spectacular salad, the koftas and the octopus, as well as olives and their ridiculously good bread. It’s not cheap. But i consider the high quality and innovation of the menu well worth the price. The only downside is the noise. Positively deafening if you’re seated next to some large parties as we were. We could barely hear ourselves think.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing. We shared a lamb shoulder which was on the specials menu, which was beautifully tender. The pumpkin main was also really tasty and definitely worth ordering. Staff were attentive. Would recommend!

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

I had been looking forward to going to Stanbuli for some time and was quite disappointed, unfortunately. The service was good and the restaurant is well-appointed. The music was a little too loud for comfortable conversation, particularly since it was only 6pm and the restaurant was largely empty...so even though the staff liked it loud, it should have been clear when we couldn't hear ourselves to submit an order that it needed turning down. Mostly though, while the food was OK, it really is overpriced for what it is. In particular the lamb four quarter chops - the cheapest meat you can buy when eating lamb and a choice only my broke old grandpa would use at a family bbq - was priced at $40. The flavour was good but, as it is with this cut of meat, it was full of sinew and was largely too tough to eat. We also ordered 5 chicken skewers, for which we paid nearly $80....surely that cannot represent value for money, no matter how it tastes. I really didn't want to be disappointed, but sadly, I was.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is one of my favourites. Great service and incredible food.

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing Food! I brought a group of friends here to eat on the weekend for their first time and no one could stop raving about the food! Authentic, incredible spices, loads of veggie options, just loved it! A must try in Enmores foodie scene.

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service. We had the banquet and it was very satisfying, but the desert was substandard. If I was you I wouldn’t pay the extra for desert and if you feel the need for desert go to one of the many other fine establishments in the area after your meal.
I would also say that it is slightly overpriced, but deliscious.

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We have to Stanbuli a few times last year and it was amazing! This time, the same meals were average, and below. Very disappointed. I wouldn’t recommend

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress were very accommodating and they explained to us every single dish we ate.
We chose the banquet menu for 74$ with dessert included and it was just amazing: we shared some starters then the mains were lamb and chicken very well cooked and tasty with lots of species.
They brought us three different dessert to share: the brownie was really nice.
It was a bit noisy upstairs with the music but overall just incredible!
We will repeat shortly,thank you!

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J
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been wanting to try this place for a while now and my expectations were high, with many good reviews and having a kitchen that is run by the same team as Porteno, it's hard to go wrong. Staff were very good, attentive and know the menu. Our mix of Mezes arrived sooner than expected, the eggplant and broadbean dishes were served chilled straight out of the fridge, definitely not freshly made to order, flavours were locked in as temp was way too cold. The octopus dish was the star of the night, so juicy and tender we ordered a second serving. The worst dish of the night was the Iskender made with skirt of Waigu beef. It was so hard to cut, took forever to chew and some of group could not swallow it, almost half of this dish is made up of bread, very disappointing. We made a complaint about this dish to the kitchen with no acknowledgement or apology. Overall the fit out and staff very good but a poor performance from the kitchen and for this reason I have cancelled my other booking in a few weeks time so as not to disappoint others.

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OL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, can't recommend it enough!

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GA
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Stanbuli is consistently of a very high standard - fresh, interesting and healthy ingredients prepared creatively and to maximise the produce and flavours. Service from the staff is both friendly and attentive. We always feel welcome and comfortable in the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. Happy to return any time.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A mediterranean mix of flavours to drool over even a few days after!

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EE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Notable experience due to the impeccable service from the team at Stanbuli; attentive, prompt and personable staff made our meal and night all the more enjoyable. We were never left waiting a minute or needing to request service.

The food was WOW! Flavour burst with every mouthful - we opted for the banquet and are grateful we did! There was A LOT of food, and so much variety - it would have been difficult to pick from the great options otherwise.

Impressed with Stanbuli overall, we will definitely return and will definitely be recommending it as a place to visit!

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service ! The waitress is very attentive and helpful.
Food is a combination of fire works of flavour.
Will I go back ? Definitely.

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AT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places. Great service, food & cocktails.

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RB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to the restaurant after many recommendations, excellent in every way. Look forward to visiting again soon

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IL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food excellent
Service superb
Upstairs acoustic too noisy for conversation (need to address as factor in choice for larger groups)
Food can come out too quickly if not requested at steadier pace

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LT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this fabulous restaurant where the food and service are second to none. The banquet is excellent value and the kind wait staff was able to squeeze in a third person for us at short notice, even moving us to a better table. Such a gorgeous space in a vintage hair salon. Delicious!

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U
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Shick atmosphere, kaliteli tipler, midye dolma, eggplant salad & salmon carpoccia, raki cocktail excellent. :) Coban salad 7 out 10. Yet, main meal no good. I could not eat as I am Turkish and know what an Iskender is, means and tastes! This was to my taste a disgust :( Some Aussies and Chinese did not mind it in my group ??. But to me this was not even a fusion Iskender, so bad it was!! The meat was good and soft, but the sauce was awful!! and things were swimming in oil (butter).
But rest was outstanding. Do not go there to eat any Kebap or Iskender.

But, other meats dishes, Icli kofte, midye dolma, eggplant salad, salmon, fish, seafood, & mezes are perfect. Worth the price! I will highly recommend and will go myself again.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was very very tasty. But we massively over-ordered, even after explaining to our server that we weren’t hugely hungry. We were upsold an extra tabouli salad as well, which was completely unnecessary. When all the food came out and was put in front of the two of us I couldn’t believe my eyes - it was enough for four people, easily. So it ended up costing us much more than necessary and we took most of it home in containers. It seems clear that there is an upsell mentality there as both the male and female servers encouraged us to purchase more. But, lovely food and full of flavor.

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CK
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always flawless service, amazing food and that wine!!

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AM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been here once before and the Standard Of food and service is great
Would definitely recommend it to friends
Will come back

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! We will be back! Food was fresh and delicious 😋

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, yummy food, wonderful service. Will be back!

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VS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. This was our first time here, but it won't be our last!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, the food, the wine and the atmosphere are all worthy of their recent hat; always lovely and highly recommended.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and lovely staff. The banquet menu is good value for $65 almost more than we could eat!

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great but we were a little disappointed with the service. We were advised to order far too much food

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j
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Stanbuli... I'd heard great things however nothing prepared me for just how delicious the food would be. We opted for the chef's menu, it's a great option, you can request any menu items you're keen to try and they'll ensure it's included. We found the service outstanding. All in all, a great night out... would highly recommend.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fabulous flavours, super fresh and interesting. Lamb was amazing .

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is bursting with flavour! The portions are generous and the atmosphere is classy.

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D
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a great all round night. The food was delicious and the service was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend it and will definitely go back.

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately we couldn't find parking in Enmore and our table was only booked 2 hours from the time we requested. We barely got an hour to enjoy our meal and drink. I think they should mention the time limit when booking. Food was average.

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PM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food with a good variety on the chefs selection menu & friendly service.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We found the food great and with the great care from the service staff. They explain the dished before the order; during the order and after the order. The friendliness of the staff is impressive - I wish I had taken the waitstaff names to thank them by their names.
The dishes were sensational - I have a small issue when they served some mezzes (cacik etc) in the tiny plates. That looked cheap when I compared the overall.
I will definitely come back with friends and do not hesitate to recommend this amazing restaurant.

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