This place is the Turkish version of a New England fish shack, with nets and crab traps hanging from the ceiling in three venues located around the corner from one other. Families and groups come here to enjoy simple, fresh, and well-prepared fish, at much less than what they would pay at some of the fancier seafood restaurants along the Bosphorus (it's cheaper in part because no alcohol is served). A refrigerated display at the entrance holds the day's catch. To start,
order the fried calamari and the tasty balık köftesi (fish cakes); the main course of dil şiş (skewers of sole) is also excellent. Adem Baba is in Arnavutköy, a low-key Bosphorus neighborhood that's perfect for a stroll before or after dinner.
Jun 23, 2010
Went there two nights ago. Here's my advice and experience: 1. Didn't eat there. The place is DRY as in no alcohol served. Although there are plenty of stores nearby selling wine and beer, they wouldn't even allow you to bring your own. If alcohol is a must for you, move on. The restaurant has extended to premises across the road, but the night we went both places seemed empty. They do have a menu contrary to Fodor's review. 2. There
are plenty of great restaurants a block away along the waterfront. Some are more upscale than Adem Baba, granted, but they do serve alcohol. Plus, the view is wonderful. 3. Along the waterfront, we ate at Abracadabra (reviewed by Fodors) which was just as described and not expensive. Inventive food. Cool, young and local crowd. 4. The neighborhood is not or no longer "unassuming" as Fodor's review states. It is a trendy spot with fashionably renovated waterfront houses. 5. Avoid going there during peak hour (i.e. anytime before 8 pm) by car or taxi. There is a stretch of the coastal main road that gets seriously jammed. We were crawling bumper to bumper for about half an hour. I have entered average scores even though I didn't eat there because the website insists I enter something.