Experience the rich flavours of an ancient cuisine at Istanbul Restaurant, Birmingham’s first cuisine specialising in Turkish cuisine only. That’s right, folks. While Birmingham may have been lucky enough to have its own Turkish barber shop, until Istanbul Restaurant’s opening in 2013, locals were out of luck if looking for great Turkish cuisine. Located on Stockwell Road in Handsworth Wood, this fantastic establishment invites you to experience the unique cuisine of Asia Minor.
The staff at Istanbul Restaurant pride themselves on being part of history at Birmingham’s very first Turkish restaurant, and with good reason! Providing only the finest cuisine and using the best quality ingredients, Istanbul Restaurant ensures that guests have a unique culinary experience every time they visit for lunch or dinner. With unbelievably polite service and a cosy interior, diners feel as though they’ve stepped inside an Istanbul living room where Turkish hospitality is the top priority. With its location in Handsworth Wood, it’s a perfect place for dinner after an evening stroll in the lovely surrounding neighbourhood.
Newbies to Turkish food are always impressed by the hearty portions and wholesome flavours that are so prevalent in this popular cuisine. At Istanbul Restaurant, guests are greeted with an extensive menu full of classic specialties. Choose from mains like lamb spare ribs, chicken shish kebab or sirloin steak, or perhaps go vegetarian with the sebzeli guvec, a casserole made from an assortment of fresh vegetables cooked in an earth-ware pot and topped with cheese. We recommend making reservations beforehand at this restaurant on Handsworth Wood’s Stockwell Road, as tables tend to fill up quickly!
The iskender was delicios and the ayran also! My family loved the place! The food and the staff are very good ! It was a lovely night!
Really good atmosphere, fantastic food choice. Very good table service. Value for money. Very impressed. We even got a free shot and Turkish delight yum
This place appears to be family run, its great. I have taken friends and family on five occasions now even when building work was being done the food was top notch, super tasty,fast and delivered with a smile.
Second time at istanbul and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time! The food is just lovely! And i have to add! There is ao much on tour plate. Well worth a visit. Would highly recomment
We very much enjoyed our visit to Istanbul restaurant where the service was very good and the food was lovely. We also noticed that the restaurant attracted Turkish people which is always a good sign. It felt authentic and was a pleasant atmosphere. It was part of our alphabetical tour of restaurants and so was our choice for the letter I. One slight criticism was the toilets. I think they could do with redecorating and in depth cleaning. Toilets in restaurants should in my view be immaculate, but so often they are not. This one was adequate but had a lot of plastic piping hanging down - its purpose unknown?! The music playing however was very pleasant indeed and reminded me of our holiday in Turunc a few years ago.
Took notice of other reviews and booked a table - good idea (Wednesday evening). Service very good and prompt. Very good that the waitress having taken our order repeated it back to us to confirm. Starters - Hummus and Russian salad - excellent and huge! Main courses very good incredibly filling. A confusion over the bill -partly my fault! - was very quickly sorted with many apologies from them. We will be back
We couldn't fault it. Great service, friendly staff, fantastic food. We booked online which is really convenient. The decor and atmosphere is lovely and we look forward to trying out more dishes from the menu. this was our 3rd visit.
The food was as tasty as always. The waiter was also very patient to answer my questions on the menu. Could be greater if they allow to order extra lamb ribs alone because it is my favourite and I want more of it.
Food was delicious and great staff. Thd place is a bit small but glad they're going to open another place in the city centre soon. Would recommend it to everybody.
Very helpful staff. Although a good 'meaty' menue vegan friends found something which they reported as delicious as did I as a vegetarian. Highly recommend .