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1. Posted by istanbulac (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

istanbulac has indicated that this thread is about Turkey

Hello All,

I'm an expat living in Istanbul for a few years now. I'm always blown away by the places that the guidebooks recommend for "authentic" Turkish dining. When friends come to visit they always have the same tired old restaurants highlighted in their guidebooks. I've been looking for good independent sources on the subject and came across a site called
I've tried a few restaurants they review and was pleasantly surprised to find myself in real local places with unpretentious good food and good prices.
Most recently I went down to Beyoglu to try a Black Sea restaurant called Pera Sisore. It was fabulous! Just a tiny hole in the wall with about 6 options on the menu, including my favorite, hamsi pilavi (sardines over rice).
This is not the kind of food you find in the tourist traps and it'd never make it into the guide books. It does however deserve some attention.


2. Posted by istanbulac (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y


I was a bit surprised to see my post suspected of being spam. I guess it is because i recommended a website in my post. i was not advertising. that website is a good source of local knowledge and i wanted to share it. if that is considered advertising then what is NOT considered advertising in a forum like this one? then when i write about a good restaurant is that not advertising as well? or when i suggest in a forum that a visit to istanbul is not complete without seeing aya sofia, am i advertising for the ministry of culture? at what point are we shooting ourselves in the foot here by filtering out good useful info because it could somehow benefit someone's business and be understood advertisement?
I am sorry it has come to this and hope you will reconsider.

thanks you,


3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 7y

Anything which is promoting a website and isn't directly answering a question is disallowed here. See the forum rules.

Especially for a first time poster, who registered today and then as the first action created a new thread to do said promoting, there's no leniency in this matter, as experience has taught us that 99% of the time, someone with that behaviour has a direct relationship with the promoted place in question.

The primary way of interaction on these forums is to ask questions, and to answer the questions which other travellers are asking. Starting a new thread purely for volunteering information is mostly ineffective, as the chances that it would be seen by someone who would actually have a use for that information is rather small. Much better to edit the guide article on Istanbul instead. (Although obviously, if you were to now go and put in this particular restaurant or website on that article, it'd be removed just as swiftly.)