While traveling in Istanbul this summer, we were lucky enough to have a friend take us to dinner. On the roof of this hotel in the old town of Istanbul, we discovered the most breathtaking views of the city, especially at night while the sun was setting. He recommended this place, not only because of the view but also for the incredibly fresh seafood. They only serve seafood that is caught fresh in the Black Sea. It didn’t feel like a touristy place, although we were not the only tourists. It sits right between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
We started our meal outside, but without any warning a rain shower descended and we had to move indoors. We went back upstairs afterwards to get a few photos. It was Ramadan and the mosque was all lit up and beautiful in the background. It also looks out into the bay and you have a great view of the city.
Sea bass and prawns were in season and they were great. I don’t know a lot about fish, but the table next to us had the most unusual dish. It was a very large fish in a big pan that was covered in what I think was salt. Some type of liqueur was poured over it and lit table side.
Then the waiter took a hammer and chisel and broke it into large chunks and served the table of 8. It was a great night even though the rain hurt our photo op.