Tripadvisor.com’s annual Traveler’s Choice awards have been announced, ranking the top 25 restaurants in Istanbul. Two of these, Paşazade Ottoman Cuisine and Imbat Restaurant, are located in Sirkeci, and both are ranked in top-five positions, while a third, Red River Pub is ranked 20. This is a prestigious honor for Sirkeci, and will hopefully help to spread the word about the neighborhood.
While Tripadvisor has come under a grave inquiry as to the validity of its reviews, since they do not require any proof from the reviewer that they have ever actually visited the place they are reviewing, it nonetheless seems as valid as any way to measure the public’s opinion.
As a side note, on the current Tripadvisor listing of Istanbul restaurants, another Sirkeci establishment, Can Oba, is currently ranked #1.