Charly Temmel Waffle

Written by on April 5, 2012 in I Eat Turkey, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Taksim neighborhood, Istanbul, Turkey 

How I heard of this place: We stumbled upon it as we walked through the main, pedestrian streets of Taksim. Our ice cream cravings had to be satisfied with the gelato we spotted in the store-front display.

Type of cuisine: Ice cream, waffles, crepes and any combination of the three! Included in the menu, too: Frapes and milkshakes. 

Ambiance: Bright and cheery, from the outside in, we were in the mood for a sweet treat and a seat in the midst of our walk through Taksim. We walked up to the open storefront, where the line was already six people deep, to place our orders. The red and white stiped awning overhead kept the sun off of the ice cream in the glass-front display, as well as us in the shade during the ordering. Immediately to the right of the display, two crepe-rounds for fresh, homemade crepes stuffed with all of your favorites! Inside, the black and white checked floors lead up to wooden bench seats against the wall, bright white leather cushions set against white tables and retro metal chairs with bright red seats. Wooden frames built into the wall opposite the kitchen or ice cream bar host colorful photographs of local scenes. Upstairs, on the balcony level, the same color scheme of floor tiles, chairs, bench and tables exist, but set above the bustling Istiklal Street, where hoards of people can be seen through the floor to ceiling, open windows of Charly Temmel. The one difference is not in the artwork, oversized ice cream cone painting, rather the bright orange wall to the left as you make your way up the stairs, boasting, in white lettering and varying fonts, the many flavors of ice cream available at Charly Temmel. The seating area in the balcony provides hours of entertainment, as the masses below are found walking, shopping, eating at all hours of the day and night.

What I ordered: Since Chris was doing it, I had to live up to the same, and ordered two scoops on a sugar cone: Nutella & Cookies & Cream atop a scoop of Bitter Chocolate & Orange (my all-time favorite!). Chris selected Tiramisu and Karamel (Caramel).

What I loved: I most loved the bitter chocolate and orange combination, which, after first being introduced to it by my dad when I was a wee lass, has never failed to be the best flavor combination…ever.

Why I loved it: The space is open and welcoming, bright and happy, with ice cream concoctions notably European: large portions, creative sundaes that no one can rival.

Cost: Average (4-8TL per take-away ice cream cone)

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