Istanbul restaurant recommendations - been to the Kumkapi district? Other ideas?
I love seafood and like the sound of this area as being a place to get some fresh local seafood in a lively waterside setting. Anyone been there and have a recommendation? Or should I go elsewhere? I will be in Istanbul for 2 evenings next month and would love some recommendations for Kumkapi, or anywhere else you liked. As background, my companion and I like everything and want authentic - whether it is a little pricey and fancier or inexpensive and fun. Thanks!
Vesel's reco is a good "local" spot. thumbs up.
I think he doesn't suggest Kumkapi because Kumkapi is a tourist trap- overpriced, lower quality, etc. its the destination of huge tourist groups that pile off of a bus eat an crumby overpriced lunch and pile back on the bus.
I also suggest Tarihi Karakoy Balikcisi (in Karakoy) or for dinner Grifin (upstairs from TKB). Adem Baba in Anravutkoy is the real thing. Ismet Baba in Kuzguncuk is a great old seafood taverna on the water. Furreyya by the Galata Tower is a great place to grab a fish durum (wrap) on the go. Kucuk Ev in Samatya is a great little rouch and ready fish shack which serves beer- get the grilled hamsi.
I suggest keeping far away from most of the "historic fish market" places. they tend to be disappointing.