Asansör, now home to a bar and a restaurant, was in fact built as a public lift in 1907 to make life easier for the inhabitants of Mithatpasa and Halil Rifat Pasa respectively at the bottom and the top of a steep hill.
Now days, you can still use the lift as a shortcut, or to access the bar and the restaurant at the top of the tower (although, I have been told that you may be asked to pay for your ride if you are going for the view alone).
The menu includes the typical specialities; fish, calamari, etc. as well as pastas and salads.
The view of the gulf is spectacular!