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Istanbul, 2014-10-13

Şişli Balıkçısı is one of the best spots to have a quick fish lunch or diner. I went there at least once a week because it’s close to my house and it is a cheap but amazing fresh meal. There were even moments that I came back from school and before I walked home from the metro exit I took a fishbread on the way home. Always so good.

For only 11TL (about 4,50 euros) you can have a plate with two freshly grilled fish filets with just some onion, salad, lemon and bread. And for half a price you can have a bread with salad, onion and fish to go. What you also should try is the fried fish and the fried calamares. You won’t get the freezer calamares but freshly made ones which taste so delicious.

They have 2 restaurants, one in Şişli and one at Osmanbey (I went to the last one). The one at Osmanbey is 10mins walking from Taksim or you can take the metro to Osmanbey and when you leave the metro you can see the restaurant immediately. What I really like is all the different kinds of people who come to this restaurant. All levels of society are represented here.

It is a basic meal but brought in the best and most fresh quality. The fish gets delivered by their own fish-boat.

Try it if you want to have a quick meal between 2 appointments. You will love it. (And even without an appointment you can still have a quick stop here.)