Posted by Sarah Nossy on 12th May 2019.

If you want to feel like you are on vacation without even stepping foot on a plane then book yourself a table at Fish Beach Taverna. Located literally on the beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi this open-air casual dining restaurant features a Turkish menu with a laid back Mediterranean look and vibe. Think Santorini style; all white walls with splashes of blue, cozy cave like private dining areas, wicker features and an instagram worthy wooden tipi.

My guest and I visit on a Friday and arrive just before sunset. We were surprised to see many tables already full. I start clicking photos like a tourist as there are so many cute touches they’ve added like wooden blue doors which stand-alone on the beach. If even possible, the restaurant gets cuter by dusk, with fairy lights adding a glow to this already romantic dining destination.

Once we finally settle at our table we start to review the menu which has the dishes listed in their very hard to pronounce Turkish names but offer English explanations below each. As the night falls, so does the temperature so the staff kindly offer us blankets to keep our legs warm.

The wine I select is unavailable that evening so instead we are recommended to try the Chenin Blanc ‘Fish Hoek’ from South Australia, a semi-dry white with tropical flavors which pairs particularly well with what were about to eat. We start with some cold mezze; tzatziki, a classic south eastern Europe dip made with cucumbers and yoghurt, lapped up with some freshly baked crusty bread, midye dolma, mussels stuffed with brown rice, onions, pine nuts, sultanas and cinnamon spice, somon sarma, (smoked salmon rolls with labne, dill & lemon) and zeytinyagli yapark sarma translating to vine leaves stuffed with rice, garlic, onions, some black pepper, parsley and spice served with olive oil & lemon. The manager makes a visit to our table to ensure meal satisfaction and I finally put my phone down to enjoy the food, which is faultless so far.

From the hot plates we try the ahtapot (grilled octopus) which to be honest, looks and tastes like it’s been deep fried rather than grilled but is actually not at all chewy and quite enjoyable with the addition of dried thyme and olive oil. When you visit a place called Fish, you can’t go and not have the fish. So we ask our waiter to assist us and we follow him directly to the counter which showcases all of the seasonal fresh catch from the Aegean, Black and Marmara Seas. There’s over 17 varieties to choose from as well as fresh tiger prawns. My guest and I both settle on the sea bass which is weighed and priced according to kilograms then you can decide how you would like it prepared; filleted, butterflied, served whole and then grilled, pan fried, deep fried, casserole or steamed and additionally you also select your sides. I asked to have it butterflied (for the photo) but our waiter happily assisted to de-bone the fish post photograph so it could be enjoyed more easily. I would suggest however asking to have your selection filleted if you do not like being served a whole fish (head and all) on your plate. The fish is grilled to perfection though can easily feed two people.

Of course I saved room for dessert and decided upon the original style Turkish baklava. The crispy pastry stuffed full with pistachio and served with vanilla ice cream was just the sweet ending I was craving.

The beachside setting makes Fish the ultimate romantic location especially at sunset and is the just place for date night or to impress your guests. Although if you do want to gather with some friends for a unique dinner under the picturesque tipi do note that a minimum spend applies and advanced reservation is highly recommended.

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