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Kadıköy Balık Pazarı is looking vivid and colorful, with the fish mongers yelling their guts out, they sure do like showing off with their fish! As the weather starts getting cold, the fish gets better and better, their meat fatty and … Continue reading

Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası – Istanbul


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If you feel like you are lost, and this place is so wrong for a fish restaurant, it means you are in the right place. Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası is located in Karaköy, in a rumble place. This place was … Continue reading

Kantin – Istanbul

Let’s see…

A couple of stairs, enter through the glass door, greeted by smiling faces, crowd is eating happily, yes again full, should I wait for a table at the terrace or anywhere, let’s see what is on the big board today… White table clothes and fresh flowers meet the eye before the feast.

You are very welcome to Kantin!

Kantin is a safe place! One of the two-three safest places to eat in the city, other than home. But for this kind of food, sorry to say, there is no opponent for Kantin.  In Kantin the food is handled with respect, getting the most out of it.

The menu changes due to availability, seasons and mood. There is “Hergün” meaning everyday and “Bugün” meaning today menu written on a big board. If you are lucky to go there at spring, artichoke season, be sure to eat enginar pate, artichoke spread, smooth, kicking, flavors bursting in your mouth, served on a garlic rubbed toasted bread,  with a little goat cheese, leaves of water cress… Bahar salatası, spring salad, is with the best mozzarella you can find in Turkey, shelled fresh broad beans, asparagus, is the answer to  what a salad should be!

Çıtır, meaning crispy, is a little thin dough cooked in wood oven, topped with varieties of artichoke or vegetables or smoked salmon is the one thing you cannot get enough of. The bream also gets its share from the wood oven and comes with its crackling skin, filled with herbs. The grilled cutlet of chicken with sage, turkey marinated with honey, artichokes with parsley, everything…

Ayran is made with herbs, lemonade is old school. Turkish coffee is served with, well, I’ll leave this as a surprise…

Dükkan is down stairs where prepared food, desserts, bread, cheese and more delicacies are sold. If you are hungry after a days work, stop there to indulge yourself and pick our poison. One thing though! If you can choose!  Desserts have a league of their own. Lemon cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake -one of my faves-, cherry jam and clotted cream filled tarts, chocolate and brandy filled mini bombs… all the remedy you need anytime of the day!

The food of Kantin is simple, clean, all about Istanbul and Aegean. Şemsa Denizsel is an indisputable kitchen goddess and one of the best chefs of Turkey.

Skillful cooking, peculiar tastes, sustainability, top notch ingredients combined with flavors comes up to clean tastes, simple, yet every bite notable, leaving you in a bliss.

Kantin not only fills your tummy, but also your soul!

Address: Akkavak sokak No.30, Nişantaşı, Istanbul

Phone: (212) 219 3114

Service Hours: Restaurant, Monday-Saturday 11.00am-8.30pm last order, Dükkan Monday-Saturday 10.30am-8.00pm

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Borough Market – London


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I can not write enough about my one and only Borough Market. The place. The only place I want to return every year. And I do. We choose a Friday for the flight and when land to mother London, we … Continue reading

Kandilli Suna’nın Yeri – Istanbul

Here and there, tables scattered around the cobble-stoned pavement, under the huge plane trees. If  it is cold you enjoy the small cosy restaurant at the left side, if the weather suits you,  you take your place under the trees, while the breeze caresses your face.

The home made mezes are cooked by Ms. Suna herself, changing seasonally like, fresh broad bean, artichoke, pickles, and couple of specialty items. Do not expect hundreds of mezes, they do a couple, and they do it very good! And do not exaggerate while ordering, just think of the fish await you.

One portion horse mackerel, one portion anchovy, one mullet… You order them all fried knowing you can not go wrong here. The fried fish always served crackling, hot hot, never soggy, fresh, and yummy. Or you go with the grilled big catches like blue fish, bonito, bream… Whatever is in season.

The co-star menu item of this fish restaurant is their salad. The freshest of fresh salad made with lettuce, parsley, oregano, onions, tomatoes, pepper, mint, rocket, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, garnished with lemon wedges, for you to season it to your taste. This salad is  so tempting, you finish it in a blink of an eye, then you dunk your bread in the pinkish, lemony juice that is left and you fight over for the bread pieces that are left in the bowl. All ingredients are chopped a la minute, fuss free, fresh!

Save some space for the home made baklava prepared by one of the waiters himself.

Address:Kandilli Iskele Caddesi, 4-17, Üsküdar

Phone: (216) 332 3241

Service Hours: everyday, noon till 10:00pm

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