This fish restaurant really stands out among the others in Karaköy, and is one of the top few places for fish soup in all of Istanbul. It is a little pricier than its competitors but is very much worth it; the fish is extremely fresh and, crucially, wonderfully cooked and prepared. Kağıtta Levrek (fish cooked in paper) is hard to pull of but here it is a masterpiece, perfectly steamed, with a delicious smell unleashed as the paper is unwrapped. Try the chopped chunks of fish grilled on a skewer, which is succulent and almost sweet. The soup, as mentioned, is excellent, thick and hearty with added vegetables – almost filling enough for a meal, but that would mean missing out on the main course – unthinkable! Don’t forget to order some fresh salad to accompany the fish – delicious and carefully prepared with skinned tomatoes and particularly tasty olive oil. The chef, Muharrem, has been in the kitchen for 20 years and really knows his stuff. Come and feast, while overlooking the sights of the Old Town across the Golden Horn - perfect.
Kağıtta Levrek (fish cooked in paper)
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