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Happy belated Easter! We spent Easter in Istanbul on the weekend and spent a glorious 6 days there with some friends.

We had a jam-packed weekend sight-seeing, eating good food and meeting some amazing people in Istanbul.

My favourite place in Istanbul is not a tourist attraction, but a humble fish restaurant. Technically, it’s less of a restaurant and more of a fish boat! I spotted the fish boat when I was on the Galata Bridge. I saw this boat bobbing in the water. There was a lot of action going on. I could see men handing things to other men from the boat to what looked like a covered area set out like a restaurant. We soon discovered that this bobbing object was a boat that was attached to the pier and was ultimately used as kitchen.

We made an order at the counter. The server then yelled out to the cooks in the fish boat. The sandwich was made fresh and handed to you in a no frills manner.

The fish sandwich itself is glorious. The bread is soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. The fish inside the sandwich is cooked to perfection and is slightly salty to the palette (just how I like it). Pour in some lemon juice and you have yourself a perfectly delectable fish sandwich.

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It’s also a noisy place full of people yelling over each other, men trying to sell you cans of coke or napkins. But, if you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of locals chatting to their friends and family while enjoying a simply good meal (all for the small sum of 5 Turkish Leera!). You can’t get any better than that!

This could be the lack of sunshine talking (due to surviving two winters in London), but I found it refreshing to just sit on the pier, soak in some sunshine and watch the world go by. The world on the Bosphorus that is. We ate at many a fancy place during our trip, but the fish place will always remain close to my heart and my stomach!

Where did you eat your best fish sandwich?

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