Gazi Pasa Kebap – Restaurant Review
This is the first in a series of restaurant reviews. When I was in Heidelberg Germany last November, I wanted so badly to find a website by an expat who would say “Go here and eat this. ” I found some great restaurants, but wasted a few meals at duds. When I write a restaurant, I’ll attempt to answer the most important questions for our family and give a review.
I’m sure I’ll be asked “why are all the reviews positive?” The reason is that I won’t be posting any negative reviews. If I can’t endorse a restaurant, I won’t review it. This is simply because I don’t care to make any enemies or burn any bridges in a city where (after 7 years,) I’m still a guest.
Summary: Gazi Pasa Kebap is a great restaurant to go for classic Adana grilled cuisine, prepared and presented in a premium environment at a premium price. If you’ve been turned off to Adana Kebap in the past, I’d recommend trying it here. If you are entertaining guests from out of town, I’d recommend bringing them here.
We went there for lunch on a Sunday around noon. We had the restaurant to ourselves. The interior of the restaurant (formerly Kip Kirmizi) was very classy and clean. The bathrooms were very clean, and there was a nice little kid’s play room. The waiters did not speak English, so I’d recommend preparing your order before going if you don’t speak Turkish. You can read my guide to ordering Kebap here.
We had all of the standard salads, drank salagm, ordered one meze, which was amazing – Mediterranean olive salad, and we each ate Beyti Kebap (Adana Kebap with garlic), we also had one portion of desert (Tel Kadayif). The bill came to 69TL. As I said, it’s a premium establishment with a premium price. The price could have been brought down by ordering “Tek porsion Adana Kebap” as Beyti kebap is always served as 1.5 porsion of meat.
They have Valet parking, so despite being in the city center, it’s easy to find parking (tip 3-5 TL)
Sunday lunch is a great time to try this place as it was very empty.
You can choose mezes (appetizers) by ordering from the glass cooler.
The meat was very lean for Adana Kebap. If you think Adana Kebap is too greasy for you, try it here.
Getting There: Go to the intersection of Vali Yolu and Ataturk Cd (1 block north/east of Ataturk Park). Go east 1 block on Vali Yolu, Turn North on the first street (there’s a Kare Pizza on that corner). The restaurant is 3/4 of a block up on your right. (Right after Waffle House).
Check out the form below with our family feedback.
|Restaurant Name||Gazi Pasa Kebap|
|Location||In Gazi Pasa Neighborhood|
|Distance from Incirlik Air Base||15 minutes|
|Type of Restaurant||Upscale Kebap Restaurant|
|difficulty to find (easy/med/hard)||Easy|
|Price Range (Pricey/Medium/Cheap)||Pricey|
|cost of one beer||?|
|cost of one wine||8TL|
|Is there a menu? (y/n)||N|
|English Menu (Y/N)||N|
|What did you eat?||Beyti (Adana Kebap with garlic) + all standard salads + Olive salad|
|Should you tip there?||yes (5-10 TL depending on size of party)|
|Kid’s play area (y/n)||yes – pretty basic, but kept the kids busy|
|how many members in your party||2 adults 2 kids|
|How was the food?||Amazing|
|How was the service?||Great|
|how long did it take to get food||less than 20 min|
|Overall rankings (Amazing, Good, Ok, Bad, Terrible)||Amazing|