Outside, overlooking the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and a full moon, we dined on the Sea of Marmara's bream and sea bass. Naturally, the fish was fresh, and tasted as such; though I would choose grilled over anything fried.
We had meze of muhammara (a spread having both Circassian and Syrian origins, prepared with from Aleppo pepper paste, ground walnuts, tomato paste, bread crumbs, garlic, and spices. This was the best version I had in Turkey) and deniz borulcesi (looks like seaweed, tastes like seaweed...hey, it is seaweed but surprisingly delicious- always served with a pungent and tangy vinaigrette).
Ali ordered us an arugula salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and carrots. Why is it vegetables in other countries taste so much better?
|Me (left), Ali (center), Kerrita (right)|
Our pita appetizer
Unbelievable, tender, spicy meat kebabs served over rice and with cacik (yogurt, chopped cucumber with finely chopped garlic and mint leaf)....actually, the best we had in Turkey. It should be, the guy has been cooking them for over 30 years.
......an equally delicious chicken kebap over rice with sumac onions and cabbage. Even after this heavy food, we didn't feel the slightest bit sluggish. That's sayin' something!
Kerri's Çay (Turkish tea) from next door served with a tiny Turkish Delight and my Turkish coffee. I might be the only person that actually loves Turkish Delights. Bring um on!
Iç Cebeci Han No: 92, Grand Bazaar