I have been busy taking photographs, so let me take a few steps back and visit Karakoy Restaurant. On April 24 (this should make Cem happy!) we went to Karakoy Restaurant with a few friends. Since it is quite near Karakoy ferry landing, we took the ferry from Karakoy and enjoyed the ride. During the short ride, I got a glimpse of the old silhouette of Istanbul for a moment, alas a little turn away from that revealed the new skyline peppered with highrise office complexes. The historic Leander’s Tower provided another familiar anchor of my mental images of Istanbul.
As we approached Karakoy landing I noticed that the general texture of the district was reasonably intact with the Galata Tower dominating the vista. At least from a distance many of the buildings appeared to be in decent condition, some were even very well maintained. A short hop from the landing was the restaurant about which we had heard quite a bit from Ergun and Binnaz. It was on the ground level of an old building and inside was carefully decorated to reflect the late 19th, early 20th century look. The walls were covered with tiles which reminded me of Pandelli, another old restaurant inside the Spice Bazaar on the other side of the Golden Horn.
The food was quite tasty and variety was satisfying. Oya, being on a restrictive diet was not a happy camper. While we had raki or wine she ordered non alcoholic apple cider. We are looking forward to the day when she can enjoy her glass of drink with the rest of us. We enjoyed the dinner, conversation, and then we all took the ferry back to Kadikoy except Bevan. Here are some photographs from this outing.