I visited Eftalya last week with friends who were in Istanbul for the first time. Some Turkish friends recommended Eftalya for excellent sea food and that is what we got. The mezes were delicious - grilled baby calamar, aubergine salad, delicious tomato and onion salad, dolmas, super prawns, small sardines - a wonderful variety. Then we had fish kebabs with fantastically fresh fish, lemons, peppers, onions etc. To finish we had platters of dried fruits - apricots, figs, quince - with kaymak (clotted cream) and then Turkish coffee.
The restaurant was full. The service was nevertheless very attentive. Of course, it must be said that our Turkish friends were with us and they are well known in the restaurant, but I had the feeling that all guests were being served pleasantly and helpfully.
The restaurant is in Arnavutköy - just across the road from the Bosphorous, so there is a view from the windows and if the weather is good, they open up the front of the restaurant to make a terrace.
We really enjoyed our excellent sea food evening and the trip to Arnavutköy is also very enjoyable along the coast road.
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