A visit to Prokopi is like being invited to the home of good friends. Immediately you are enveloped into the welcoming warmth of owners Alex and Yudum, ready to serve you a delicious meal of Turkish, Greek and Armenian delicacies. Throughout the evening you will learn some history of Istanbul (Yudum is also a tour guide) and about Cappadocia where the first Prokopi was located. The massive fireplace of tufa stone -- lit on cold evenings -- is just one of Prokopi's many fascinating souvenirs of their years there. A single traveler, I stuck to the tasty mezes or appetizers -- three types of eggplant salad, a Greek taramasalata (fish roe), and topik, an Armenian turnover filled with tahini (sesame seed purée), cooked onions, cinnamon, currants and pine nuts), and a salad of sprightly greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and red cabbage. I could only look longingly at the main course salads and meat and chicken dishes, all attractively presented and eaten with gusto by fellow diners. The service was perfectly attentive, not at all obtrusive. It was a lovely dining experience, soon to be repeated.
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