Istanbul – Sade

“Sade” is a hidden place in back streets of Tesvikiye which serves traditional Turkish food.

The place was recommended by our friends. We were amazed with the taste, quality and the service.

We ordered “Kiymali Bafra Pide” which is a dough filled by minced meat, “Bicak arasi” is also dough covered by minced meat, tomotoes, green pepper and onion. There were also some mezzes but I was so starving and couldn’t manage to take photos.

Lastly, we ordered liver. The pieces were cut so thin and grilled with butter. I know you most of you have already said “iyykkkkk” when you hear liver but it is worth to taste. It is so light and yummy.

Prices are a bit above the average. If you want to taste a real Turkish traditional food, this place is a must go restaurant. You have the option to try different food from different regions. Turkish cuisine is more than kebap. There are many kind of food that you can’t imagine.

Here is the link for the restaurant for more information.

Barcelona – Ciutat Comtal

After a long holiday, I have the motivation to writing again. I have so many restaurants and bars to write from both Italy and Spain. I will give the priority to Ciutat Comtal in Barcelona.

You need to be patience if you decide to go Ciutat Comtal especially if you are going after 7pm. There is always a long queue at the door and you need to put your name into a list. First day, we went around 9.30 pm and wrote our name to the list. We were still waiting by 10pm and gave up at the end because we were starving.

Next day, we went again around 4pm and tried our chance again. Waiting time was approximately 30 minutes and we went to another place.

On the third day, we finally did it😊 We were there towards 4 pm and by luck, we got the table without waiting. And I can say that the place is deserved to wait.

Here are the food we had tried:
Padron peppers, fried anchovies, tortilla, patatas bravas, russian salad with shrimp on top of a slice of bread, mini burgers, fries with egg and beef sandwich.

Padron peppers are my favourite. It was always my first order regardless of where we were eating. Imagine, we found the peppers in Sweden and I have been frying them for the breakfast since we are back:)


All of the tapas we have tasted were so yummy. My only suggestion is that better to go to Ciutat Comtal before you get starving. So you can enjoy with a glass of sangria while waiting for your desk in patience.

Lecce – Jolly Roger

I was in southern part of Italy last week and I have been in lovely places. Streets, restaurants, bars were full of people and mainly the local tourists.

Italian cuisine is one of the well known cuisine in the world and there is always something for everybody regardless of you are vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian.

The first place that I want to share with you was in Lecce. It is located one of the narrow streets in central and called Jolly Roger. It will be glittered by its outdoor decoration. Simple and cozy.

We were there for a lunch. Streets were quiet and I think it is the best time to enjoy your meal outside. During night time, it is getting difficult to walk and sit because of the crowd.

We have ordered vegan lasagne, gnocchi and salad with walnuts, honey, artichoke, cheese.

Salad portion was very big and it is a perfect option if you want to eat something light in a hot weather.

Vegan lasagne was delicious. It is one of the places where you can find something for vegans.

Gnocchi came in a small pot. Your first impression will be that you will not get full with that portion but you will. It was also delicious and fresh.

You will find something for yourself at Jolly Roger, for sure. If you want to spend sometime with you friends. go and chill for whole afternoon with a cold glass of Puglia wine.

Stockholm – Glashuset

I found this place by coincidence to be honest. The wind was biting us and we were walking by the sea. Then I saw Glashuset which was very crowded with too much decoration. And I have decided to go inside.

Making a reservation is highly recommended. We have waited like 10 minutes in the queue just to be able to write our name on the list. Then we have waited 30 more minutes at the bar. By the time, my husband ordered whiskey which was looking so cheap on the menu. (65 SEK)

Finally we got our table after 40min and we were starving. I have ordered Poké bowl Salmon sashimi, rice, baked egg, cucumber, soy dressing, scallion and asked to remove egg. My husband ordered Chicken, roasted lettuce, smoked porkbelly, crutons, parmesan and asked to remove pork.

We have waited 35 more minutes for the food. And we were almost leaving the restaurant after a big disappointment.

Anyway, our food came. And my food was amazing. I don’t normally eat sashimi and I don’t know what I was thinking while ordering. But I loved it. It was a big, open sushi.

My husband’s food was on average and it wasn’t enough to make full one person. It was a classic grilled chicken and I forgot to take photos.

Let me tell you something funny. We asked for the bill and SUPRISE! The whiskey that my husband ordered while waiting was 65 SEK (This is our thought) but that was the cl price which means barmen put 5cl and it costs 330SEK 🙂 So please don’t do the same mistake.

If you make reservation, you can give a try but no need to walk in and wait for long hours.

Here is the website of the restaurant.

Gothenburg – Byns Bistro

Byns Bistro is an eye catching place with its decoration. You expect an usual restaurant/bar from the outside but once you step in and turn left, you will see the small, cosy dining rooms.

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Most of the restaurants and cafes don’t accept cash payments in Sweden. This is one of the things that we have struggled in Gothenburg. Byns Bistro accepts cash so you can go in comfort, specially if you come to Gothenburg as a tourist.

They bring some tomato paste and bread as complimentary.

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We have ordered Moules Frited and Byns Burgare. I am really picky in terms of Moules because sometimes you can feel the sand if they are not cleaned well. Byns Moules was delicious especially the sauce and I have enjoyed it. Burger was also delicious and it is very big for one person.

 

You can give a gry to Byns bistro and if you try something else than ours please share your feedback and suggestions for my next visits.

Cheers!!

Doha – Chi Zen

Dear Asian food lover folks, from this way please…

Chi zen is the first restaurant where I have tried Asian food in Doha. This self-contained place is located at Oryx Rotana Hotel with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. They also offer delivery service but if you have a chance it is better to go there to eat the newly cooked fresh foods.

There is a ala cart menu. They also have business lunch menu within the weekdays from 12-4 pm. 3 course menu is 85QR while 2 course menu is 75 QR.

Starter is their complimentary chips.

For me, their best menu item is Hot&sour soup. I can eat this soup everyday. It made me a kind of addiction. It is highly recommended. Please reserve a space in your stomach for the soup.

If you like tom yum soup, it was also delicious. There is more ingredients then the usual one but still delicious.

I have also tried sweet and sour chicken and crispy chili beef. They are served with rice. Portion looks small but it is enough to make you full.

Final was deep fried ice cream which I can’t recommend you. Ice cream was not delicious at all and the fried part was oily. I didn’t enjoy with it.

If you are looking for a new place to discover, you can give a chance to Chi Zen. You will not be regretful at all.

Enjoy!!

Doha – Yasmine Palace

I have been planning to go to “Yasmine Palace” since it has opened. I will leave Qatar soon so I thought it is time to go and try their menu.

This two-level restaurant is located in Pearl. There are different concepts inside Jasmine Palace. We had our dinner at “Andalusia”.

If you are a modest person, the decoration of the restaurant may be a bit much. The furniture, paint, floor and even the forks are all decorated in gold color dominantly. There is a small fountain in the middle of the restaurant and in the background it plays authentic music.

You will be welcomed with a drink and mezze plate. So you don’t need to order mezze separately.

We weren’t aware of the complimentary mezze plate, that’s why we have ordered “Muhamara” and “Mutabal”as cold appetizer. Mezzes were so fresh and tasty.

“Batata Mutafayeh” is my favourite snack since I came to Doha. Unfortunately, there is just one place to eat best Batata located in Souq so far. Others are on average including “Yasmin Palace”.

We have made the final with “Mix Grill”. It comes with rice and enough for 2 people. Meats were grilled on barbeque. They were so soft and delicious. Nothing was left in the plate at the end of the dinner 🙂

The restaurant is a bit pricey but if you want to indulge yourself in delicious Arabic food then “Yasmine Palace” is the correct address.

You can find their menu here.

Belgrade – Dva Jelena

This was my second time in Belgrade and it is winter time again. I think third visit should be during summer to be able to enjoy the city more.

I had chance to have dinner at “Dva Jelena” second time. This place is so local and it is almost impossible to find an available table on Fridays if you don’t have reservation. I suggest you to book your table online through their website before your visit.

There is also live music on Fridays. I keep telling “on Friday” because I have been there only on Fridays. I guarantee you to have a great night at “Dva Jelena” if you are looking for some local food and local music with local people.

We started with “Pohovane paprika sa sirom” – Fried cheese with tartar sauce. If you like cheese, it is a good match with your Serbian wine.


Pohovane paprika sa sirom

And we continue with “Prebranac” – beans with onion, garlic and sweet pepper baked in wooden stove. This was yummy and it reminded me a Turkish dish which is called “Kuru fasulye”. I am sure you will like it.


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Another starter, “Tarator” – ccucumber with garlic yoghurt sauce. We can call it as Tzaziki. So there was nothing to make comment on it.


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And finally, hero of the night – “Cevapi” J It is a must eat food when you are in Belgrade. We have ordered two portions and it was too big for four people. So it is better to share.

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There were so many delicious foods as I spy on other tables.  I think it is best place to experience “local” life. Prices are reasonable. You can find all the menu details here.

And don’t go back to home without tasting Serbian wine.

Athens Restaurants

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Kuzina

I am starting my food experiences in Athens with Kuzina because it became my favourite… Read more…

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Voliotiko Tsipouradiko

We were looking for a place with the live Greek music and close to Monastiraki Square…. Read more…

 

Athens – Voliotiko Tsipouradiko

You shouldn’t leave Athens without;

  • trying ouzo,
  • listening to Greek music,
  • eating souvlaki.

We were looking for a place with the live Greek music and close to Monastiraki Square. We found this restaurant by chance on our first day in Athens. And we started to walk to narrow streets and followed the music. Here you go. “Voliotiko Tsipouradiko” came across us.

Their outdoor area was so lovely. Tables were under trees and there were frames on the wall. It is a bit far from the touristic area that’s why prices were below the average. There were more local people than tourists.

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We didn’t order much things here because we were already full with gyros from the afternoon. So we ordered “Fava”,”Tzatziki”, “beans pilaki” and “Greek Salad”. I normally eat Fava cold, it was heated here. But taste was okey. I really liked Greek version of Tzatziki. They put more garlic and yoghurt is completely solid. Wherever I go in Athens, I ordered Tzatziki even I am not hungry. “Greek Salad” is a good refreshment in hot weathers.

As a drink, we had “small carafe wine” and glass of “ouzo”. Ouzo, raki and arak are similar drinks. Their alcohol percentage and probably the distillation techniques are different. Greek people drink ouzo with ice. So they just put ouzo inside the glass and put a few pieces ices. That’s why it was strong for me and I added some water on it. But it is a nice complimentary with mezzes.

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And the music group was so nice, cheerful and you see they also enjoy with you.

We paid 32 euros for three mezzes, two glasses of ouzo, one glass of wine and one small carafe wine.

If you want to have your dinner in a nice ambiance with Greek music and reasonable prices, I highly recommend you “Voliotiko Tsipouradiko”. No problem if you are not hungry. Just order some mezzes and ouzos and enjoy with the Greek music like we did.