With the weather getting a lot more cooler and breezier, perfect for that long anticipated evening stroll, we decided to indulge in some aegean cuisine at the newly opened Fish Beach Taverna located at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, aptly located at the waterfront where you can sit back and embrace with open arms the lovely breeze that passes by.
As we entered the restaurant, i almost felt like i was being adduced to the panoramic city of Santorini with its White washed walls, cobblestone pathways and vibrant decor decorated charmingly in white and blue accents and the furniture consisting of cute white wooden tables along with wooden chairs and lounge sofas showered with bright and patterned cushions as romantic dim lit lamps hung so daintily from the trees creating the perfect vibe for the evening.
For starters, my favorites were the uskumru which is mainly smoked mackerel marinated in a culmination of flakes of garlic, a dash of vinegar drizzled with rosemary and olive oil and dressed up beautifully with fresh dill.The taste of the mackerel is delicious , packed with tangy flavor combined with the slight tinge of sweetness from the dill.Though the cold mezzo was slightly more on the salty side for me, i loved how flavorful it tasted.
The next favorite was the hamsi – the pure reason being for the simple marinade and the comforting taste it has on my palate, reminiscent of my mum’s cooking.The black sea anchovy is delicately marinated in a simple combination of salt, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil dressed with the aromatic herb of dill leaving a pleasant taste in my mouth.
The levrek sarma gets full points for exquisite presentation and taste with the sea bass being rolled in unison with three different colored capsicums served in a meld of basil and olive oil. The harmonious taste of the capsicums goes perfectly with the delicate and tender flavor of the sea bass giving this dish a sensational and flavorful smack.
The highlights in the main course was the jumbo grilled prawns are enveloped with flavor from the national drink of Turkey, raki giving it a packed punch of flavor enamored with a creamy and colorful tomato base and fresh dried herbs and spices. The herbs and spices gently impart flavor to the prawns without overpowering it hence satisfying the palate.
The safran was a second favorite for me – a pan fried sea bass cooked with white wine , celery roots and saffron sauce – impressive in taste and flavor. The light saffron sauce perfectly pairs with the mild flavor of the sea bass and a wonderful tinge of celery root leaving a flavorsome taste in the mouth.
The dessert was quite the show stopper containing of delicious shaped fruits – figs which come stuffed generously with crunchy walnuts and topped with a dollop of fresh cream- so piquantly delicious. Quite the bite and it felt so right with a tantalizing taste of delight.The velvety texture of the soft and fresh figs are delicious with their sweet flavor and unique taste.
All in all, a beautiful and warm tavern with bright interiors, perfect to spend a breezy afternoon or romantic evening with your loved ones.The food is amazing and comforting and almost reminds me of home sweet home with friendly smiles all around and service at your beck and call.