Sur Balık is a popular seafood restaurant, with three branches, the original in Sarayburnu and two more in Cihangir and Arnvautköy. At Sur Balık you can dine on Turkish seafood and meze classics, such as tender salted bonito, served with fresh red onion slices and seasonal salad. But if you are in the mood for something different, you won’t be disappointed. Sur Balık offers a range of classic Turkish dishes but with a seafood twist, as well as a number of unusual items that you won’t likely find anywhere else.
A real stand-out is the sea bass in fresh pesto sauce (levrek fesleğen), a dish that is bursting with flavor. The Swiss chard stuffed with fish (pazı sarma), and the fish balls (balık köfte) are both an interesting and light take on Turkish standards. While balık mantı might sound odd, the result is surprisingly tasty; these fish-filled dumplings are slathered in a garlic-yogurt sauce and dusted with herbs.
Meanwhile, if it’s more standard seafood meal that you’re in the mood for, there is plenty on offer. The grilled octopus is very tender and highly recommended, or any of the fresh fish of the day. A great accompaniment to any seafood meal is their juicy and flavorful salad with ruby red tomatoes and wilted onions (apparently, soy sauce is the secret ingredient). To end the meal, again you can choose to go with a more classic item, like the volcanic chocolate cake, which spews a rich warm chocolate filling. Or you can try something different, like the profiteroles served with a tahini sauce.
Contemporary Fish @ Sur Balık; by Yeşim Yemni