Arnavutköy Balıkçısı is my favorite fish/seafood restaurant in Istanbul. For me, they have the best "meze"s. Their "levrek marine" (marinated seabass) is the best I've had anywhere in Istanbul. Also, standard tomato&onion salad that they serve at most of the seafood restaurants in Istanbul tastes different at Arnavutköy Balıkçısı. I haven't had it more delicious anywhere else. They have wide range of "meze"s from numerous greens/herbs to vegetables to many seafood dishes. I would recommend to try "cibez". Their grilled octopus and calamari is always delicious. In Istanbul, it is easier to find good fried calamari however when it comes to grilling it gets more risky. At Arnavutköy Balıkçısı, it is always good. You can be sure to get fresh daily fish here. If you still have some space when it's time for dessert, I would highly recommend their fried ice cream. Or you can get their famous dessert trio plate that consists of fried ice cream, warm chestnut cake and chocolate cake. It is just very good. You can easily sit outside even when it's cold thanks to their super effective heating system. So even in winter you can enjoy smoking at dinner. Reservations are recommended.
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