Flying east overnight makes for a very tired first day of vacation, but there is nothing like a warm smiling host to guide you through a marvelous first meal in Istanbul. Several friendly folks kept us on track until we found the Sultanahmet Fishhouse.
Our gracious host rearranged tables so the five of us could sit comfortably outside and then guided our dinner selection. The specialties we selected - an Aegean casserole of fish with fresh chard, tomatoes, olives and cheese and sea bass baked in salt.
While we enjoying our appetizers accompanied by some fine Cappodocian wine, a small wheeled brown table was positioned not too far from our table. Curious I thought – not big enough for people to sit at, too small to hold a big tray of plates… In time I understood that this was the stage for our sea bass. It arrived from the kitchen and was placed on this table. With a grand flourish it was set aflame and then with great care the inch thick salt covering, was chiseled away to reveal the most tender, sweet and succulent fish I have ever had. No it was not salty at all It was melt in your mouth perfection. Seafood lovers should not miss this place - http://www.sultanahmetfishhouse.com/