Istanbul Flower

Istanbul Flower

Turkish restaurant and grill on Sheikh Zayed Road 28 Reviews

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Three out of three Turks can’t be wrong, right? At least that was my reasoning when I decided to check out Istanbul Flowers, a small, divey, Turkish restaurant that had been recommended to me by several prominent members of the Turkish community.

A standard, canteen-style eatery tucked away underneath the Safest Way supermarket, the place doesn’t have much going for it atmospherically. Well, that’s not entirely true – it does have some incredibly cushy leather chairs, and really, what else do you need?

While the menu listed all the pan-Arabic mezze faves, there were a few items that were specific to Turkey, in particular, the Ïskender kebab, named after its inventor (yes, inventor) Ïskender Efendi. Few words give justice to this lush dish. Let’s just say, it’s the star of the show, the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, the light of my life, my reason for being… um, more on that later. At the start, the waiter brought out a basket filled with thick, pillowy, quilted bread and a tray bearing baba ganouj, made sweet with chunks of roasted red peppers; hummus so fresh it was green; and creamy moutabal.

While I sopped up each dip, my dinner companion tucked into a razor thin, flaky round of spinach bread. It was such a simple dish: filo topped with spinach, tomatoes and onions, yet it tasted so rich. I never quite know how a restaurant, which presumably makes everything from scratch anyway, can make its food taste doubly homemade, yet Istanbul Flowers hit that note. There were no generic spice mixes used in this house, and each sauce, dip and topping was not only made in-house, but clearly made lovingly in-house.

This became all the more clear to me when the mutton Ïskender kebab came out. And, as the dish hit my table, all sound stopped. Large, sweaty morsels of tender meat topped good quality fresh yoghurt, and came doused with sprigs of coriander and a luscious, hearty tomato sauce, with chunks that betrayed it just came off the stove top. The combination was heavenly. A drooling chicken kebab had my mate in similar raptures, but as far as I was concerned, she had nothing on me and my precious Ïskender (the man deserves a medal). It’s an unassuming restaurant, for sure, but if you like your food cheap and cheerful (and high quality), it’s certainly worth a trip to the Safest Way.

The bill (for two)
1x Mezze Dhs15
1x Medium spinach bread Dhs15
1x Mutton Ïskender Dhs38
1x Chicken kebab Dhs33
Total (excluding service) Dhs101

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 343 4585
  • Travel: Underneath Safestway, Sheikh Zayed Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Sam on 20 Jul ' 13 at 09:23
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Went to this restaurant for Iftar dinner on 19 July, 2013. Even though at the time of booking we told that it would be an al a carte menu, the table was already laid out with rather stale looking salad, condiments and breads. The quality of the food for the price changed was very ordinary. It was only when we saw the bill that I realised that we were required to pay AED40 per head for the stale salad etc. I am very disappointed that this restaurant has been given a Time Out star rating (which on the basis of experience of most other Turkish restaurants in Dubai is not deserved). In fact the restaurant is probably in breach of the Dubai Consumer Code of Rights for over-charging for food which isn't ordered by patrons.

Posted by: lebneni on 15 Jan ' 12 at 07:56
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Service was very good and teh bread was sooo delicious alos teh appetizers and salad but i ordered iskandar kabab for me and shawarma chicken for my wife , they were fully covered with butter and full of fat , so we left the plate untouched and left
price was normal 160 aed for appetizers, salad , mian dishes and juice

Posted by: lebneni on 27 Nov ' 11 at 11:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Service is very good and the salads and appetizers are delicious but the main dish (iskandar kabab and iskandar chawarma) that i ordered was sooo fattt and we didn't eat anything from the meal (already served with rice) , i asked why they are fat like this , i knew that they add alot of butter on top of meat and chicken, but they said that the normal kabab will be fat and butter free, the price was ok salades, 2 main dish and orange juice for 130 AED, so next time i will order normal kabab and post my comments hope it will be positive

Posted by: Kouba on 07 Jun ' 11 at 07:00
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I used to liv en Tukkey and I know what the turkish food is. I even manage cooking few of them. Unfortuntely in Dubai there are not many option for Turkish Cuisine.

Here i would say Istanbul Flower is better than all other, but anyway you will not have the same taste as it is in Turkey.

Another, very disappointin gthing is they charge for water an dthe salads, which they brin gand put without asking. I was shocked when they asked me to pay for th ebottle of water which did not even touch!!!!! When you try to explain, they will not listen to you. So to save my time, I paid the small amount.

I will go again to this restaurant, as I told before, there are no better options :(

Posted by: Toufic Saifi on 31 Mar ' 11 at 15:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

will never go again

Posted by: farideh on 23 Nov ' 10 at 14:22
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

every things was good, food was good, good staff, good services . calm and friendly place but i cant come back there.

Posted by: Khalida on 23 Nov ' 10 at 08:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I often go to both Istanbul Flower Restaurants.You could have a business, family, or a romantic dinner in HealthCare City branch, the one which is on Shaik Zaed Road you could go for lunch, business meeting.... Foods,salads and sweets are perfect, but of course if you want any perfect national cuisine you have to travel original country, you can not really have in mid of desert to find the same quality of product wich they have in Turkey.....

Posted by: Suhaib Iqbal on 08 Oct ' 10 at 13:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

WIll never go back to this restaurant...
Went last saturday with a friend.. not at all worth your time and money

they charged me for the salad which I didn't order n water which I didn't drink

Posted by: brandon on 07 Jul ' 10 at 22:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: asand on 07 Jul ' 10 at 22:48
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food. Good value.

Posted by: jon on 07 Jul ' 10 at 17:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food...good value. Excellent cheese bread(turkish pizza),.moutabel, pimento relish, spicy tomato relish, hummus, lentil soup all highly recommended!

Posted by: susan on 07 Jul ' 10 at 17:19
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food! Get withdrawl symptoms when we miss a week going there!

Posted by: Mike on 03 May ' 10 at 07:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Iskander Kabab was great , The Doner a bit too arabic for my liking.
Went there (Two adults) stuffed ourselves and ended up paying just above 100 DHS.

Posted by: miss sixty on 15 Apr ' 10 at 17:48
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

you know what?we go to stanbul flower in dubai health care city branch,then we ordered kofta,grilled chicken and our drinks was apple juice and watermelon juice,maybe if i ranked the food from 1 to 10 maybe its 3 because the food there was not good,they say that turkish food but its not,and you know what in the middle of our eating there somebody shouting inside the kitchen and they are fighting they are both guy,what kind of restaurant is this?they say its romantic but its not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mayb we didnt go back there again!!!!

Posted by: jeffrey combo asensi on 17 Feb ' 10 at 18:42
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

nice place.. good food.dubai health care city branch

Posted by: jeffrey combo asensi on 17 Feb ' 10 at 18:29
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

istanbul flower restaurant new branch is now open located in DUBAI HEALTH CARE CITY,WAFI CITY,INFRONT OF CANADIAN HOSPITAL.
good and quick service,nice place,have an extra tables outside for who wants fresh air.

Posted by: IQ on 10 Sep ' 09 at 20:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Went to this place with the family after reading the 'rave' review. I'd been looking forward to the Iskander kebab more than anything so arrived in anticipation. What a let down.

We arrived after Iftaar to be shoved onto a table for 4 when there were 5 of us, before being presented with a bottle of orange juice, water and various salads etc non of which we wanted or asked for. When I asked for it to be taken away were told it was a fixed iftar menu and we had to have it at dhs 40 a go!! Bamboozled We asked for a menu and ordered the Iskander without tomato sauce. 'Large sweaty morsals of tender meat' the review above said. Not here they're not! It was a Shwarma. When I asked what the difference between a shwarma and the Iskander was I was told..tomoto sauce.
Awful service (at one point the waiter walked away never to return when I was talking to him), bland cold food and expensive for what it is. We walked away after spending 200 dhs (2 adults - three kids) feeling very deflated. Do not bother.

Posted by: nese on 01 Sep ' 09 at 10:47
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Prefer cooking at home rather than going there..!

Posted by: melike on 01 Sep ' 09 at 10:39
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

So disappointing.. The food was cold and impolite staff.. Never ever go there again..

Posted by: Erum on 11 Aug ' 09 at 13:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Iskandri, lamb chops and the lentil soup are highly recommended.

Posted by: Bugi on 10 May ' 09 at 11:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Taste is never like real Turkish food.
Food served cooled down.
They charge you extra with salad, meze (they bring you without asking) and the water on the table that even you do not touch.
Value is high for two for such service and quality.

Posted by: Saeed on 22 Apr ' 09 at 04:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food.

Posted by: Tamara on 05 Apr ' 09 at 16:18
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I do not understand that this restaurant is highly recommended in the Time Out Restaurant Awards. We visited it in the weekend (on April 4), and were extremely disappointed. I expected some "real" Turkish food, but it just seemed to be another Lebanese food place, and one of the worst ones in town. The french fries were soggy, there was barely any chicken in my chicken kebab, and the service was horrible! Only the fattoush and tahine are worth mentioning.

Posted by: smithajosem@yahoo.com on 20 Oct ' 08 at 00:00
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: smitha on 20 Oct ' 08 at 00:00
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: smitha on 20 Oct ' 08 at 00:00
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  • Best for: Beachside
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: smitha on 20 Oct ' 08 at 00:00
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: ilhan on 20 Oct ' 08 at 00:00
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