Squeezed between two ramshackle buildings on the western shore of the Golden Horn, Cipalikapi Balikçisi serves traditional Turkish fare with a focus on meze and fish. Favorites include stuffed, dried tomatoes; topik (a pâté of chickpeas, potato, cinnamon, and onion); and sea bass sourced from the daily fish bazaar. The exterior walls continue the maritime atmosphere with buoys, fishing nets, and lobster pots, while inside a more nostalgic theme for old Turkish movies prevails. The top floor has a good view of the Golden Horn and the heavy traffic along it.
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From Food & Wine , MAY 2008
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From Food & Wine , MAY 2012
This snug, three-story meyhane belongs to Behzat Sahin, a former TV-news journalist with a passion for food history. After uncovering a rare 1748 manuscript with handwritten recipes at the Turkish Parliament library, he created a stunning “Ottoman ceviche”: sea bass marinated with vinegar, honey, pine nuts, bay leaf, bergamot and 10 spices....MORE