Warning: Food Post
Trip Start Sep 07, 2006
9Trip End Sep 17, 2006
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The restaurant was very cosy, with gas lamps for the garden outdoor
tables, and low lighting indoors
Drinks: Finally tried Turkish Raki (from the Arabic arak), a strong liquor made from plums, grapes or figs, depending, but always flavored with aniseed. Didn't really like it; normally things that taste medicinal appeal to me, but this one just tasted like...mouthwash. Switch to white wine!
First came cold meze (like tapas), the equivalent of Chinese 8 Treasures or 16 Beatitudes or whatever. Shrimp, Octopus (resembled pig intestine in a good way), Seaweed, Broccoli and fish (marinated and tangy, but rubbery=bad).
Next, appetizer. IMHO this was the best: squid lightly battered (oh so lightly!) and cooked to PERFECTION. Texture, seasoning perfect. Some sort of tartar sauce on the side as well.
Next, appetizer 2: Turkish equivalent of Butter Prawn
Next, main course: Grilled Seabass with salad in olive oil. The seabass was so fresh that no sauce was needed. The olive oil was so light you could barely taste it. The fattier parts of the seabass were heaven. I left the lean bits untouched, my husband is going to have a tumour on his face at this rate.
Finally, dessert: a single profiterole on the center of the plate, enveloped in peanut-butter and chocolate sauce.
To my left was a Dutch man with UNCTAD based in Geneva. Across the table were two Turks, conference organizers. To my right was the entrance to the kitchen where earnestly solemn waiters bustled, hovered and constantly eyed our glasses. Conversation centered around life in Geneva (no one seems to have anything very positive on this one), Turkish places of interest and the merits of Ethiopian vs. Turkish coffee. Everyone very surprised to find out I was chinese (including the Dutch man who has known my father for years). Dinner ended when Ali Baba rose to his feet (followed by his bodyguard who had not eaten but had been standing vigil in some corner occasionally mumbling into his mouthpiece), everyone else rose too and bade him farewell. His manners were impeccable. English 4/10, manners 8.5/10, Capability of pushing Turkey into EU ????