Based on Sietsema's review, we went to the Istanbul Seafood Restaurant, 2817 Coney Island Avenue at Ave. Z
Brooklyn, (718) 743-0743.
As the review says, the room straddles the line between garish and lively. There were a couple of fairly loud parties, but it wasn't crowded.
Service: very solicitous -- a bit too much, with exclamations of "good choice" for every item we ordered.
House wine: ordinary.
Various appetizers: quite good, but not memorable.
Hamsi tava (fried smelts): only OK -- not pristinely fresh, like the aharino (whitebait) at Elias.
Shrimp casserole: outstanding -- great combination of flavors, very generous portion -- would have been even better with octopus, but my wife was leery.
Check: a bit over $40 for two. Unfortunately, they added $50 to it, which they corrected with many apologies, but still, they should have looked it over before handing us a tab that, with tax, was over $100.
Verdict: return for the casserole, and give them a chance on the other dishes.
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