Balikci Sabahattin (The Fisherman): "great mezes and fish" Istanbul Ili Restaurant Tip by marktynernyc

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  Balikci Sabahattin
by marktynernyc

Located in the Sultanahamet, down some alleyways and stairs, next to the Armada Hotel - my friends and I sat outside under a large umbrella (which protected later from a light sprinkle), the smell of grilled fish wafting by. We started with a bottle of raki, an assortment of cold and hot mezes (the calamari was crisp, feather light and firm, not chewy or doughy). The cold mezes were delicate, restrained - an obvious sure hand seasoning each dish. Just point to what looks good and dive in. We each order grilled fish - blue fish, red mullet and bonito - all very flavorful, but just a tad dry - and a couple bottles of Turkish white, Dessert consisted of stuffed figs and some type of quince dessert.  The setting is relaxing - the food is well prepared. The total bill came to almost 200 million (about $120) but for three people and the quality, not to mention in the Sultanahamet area - quite reasonable.

Address: Cankurtaran, Sultanahmet
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: located in the Sultanahmet, next to the Armada Hotel
Phone: +90 212 458 18 24
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 4
Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2003
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