We all went to Kantin for Ergun’s birthday on October 12, Oya and Bevan joined us. Semsa Denizsel owns and operates Kantin. She has been featured in several local and international cooking magazines and Web sites. Binnaz and Ergun have known Semsa since birth and have seen her development as a child, young woman, then as a successful chef. Kantin moved to its new location about a couple of months ago. They started serving alcohol and transitioning to a full-service restaurant.
The trip to the restaurant required two cars, which Ergun arranged with his typical efficiency. The traffic around 6:00 PM was quite hectic and occasionally even chaotic. As we left the house and tried to get on the freeway to cross the Bosphorus Bridge, the narrow streets, vehicles coming in from side streets, and the usual rush hour traffic provided a challenge. But we eventually managed to get on the freeway as the sun was setting and the bridge glowed in its red color as it has since July 15. As you can see in the photographs, the many lanes of traffic, not including the flow coming from other directions, eventually became two lanes on the bridge. After that, it was easy moving.
Kantin, situated on a pedestrian mall next to a business center, greeted us with open arms and space. A reasonably large crowd was enjoying their drinks outside. We moved in and took our seats at a table in the inner room. The large mirrors on the walls created somewhat of a surreal feeling, through a looking glass I was seeing myself, the guests, and even around the corner. We started with several appetizers we ordered along with a few that popped up as a surprise from Semsa, who came and sat down with us when she found time to take a break.
As we walked out to the street, there was a very gentle sprinkle of rain. Within a minute or two, our cars arrived and we all piled in. The return trip was faster mainly due to the later time with reduced traffic. The night had descended upon the bridge making on the fly picture-taking quite difficult. So, I decided to use a slow shutter speed to capture the movement.
Since the birthday boy does not like his picture taken, there are no photographs of him.
Happy birthday Ergun!