Welcome to the second post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. In our first post we introduced a great place for traditional Turkish breakfast, or kahvaltı, called Van Kahvaltı Evi. In our second post we will highlight Eleos Restaurant with two locations in Istanbul.
In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service as well as great command of the English language. Eleos has two locations in Istanbul, one in Beyoğlu and one in Yeşilköy. On a recent trip to the Beyoğlu location we were impressed with the food, the view and the service offered in English to our foreign colleagues.
Lets begin with the most important part: the food
The food at at Eleos is that of a fish mezze house but with a more distinct Greek flare than your traditional Bosphorus fish restaurant. Like a typical Istanbul fish restaurant there was a three-course approach to the meal – cold mezze (vegetarian and fish), hot mezze (fish and seafood) and fish (grilled or fried whole fish). What separates Eleos’ food from other fish restaurants in Istanbul is the variety of ingredients. For example, we tried Oyster mushroom mezze, lobster in yoghurt, fried sole stuffed into peppers and fish kokorec. The lokanta is dressed up as an Agean Greek fish restaurant, with blue and white tablecloths, wood paneling and al fresco ambiance. If you book ahead, be sure to ask for a table on the heated patio in order to get a commanding Bosphorus view over Beyoğlu.
At Eleos there are many thoughtful touches that make the dining experience more enjoyable than at a typical restaurant. Several mezze dishes are brought out “on the house”. A welcome aperitif and an extensive desert tray are delivered to the table as “compliments of the chef”.
Now for the second most important part: İngilizce Türkiye’de
As always in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series, we like to commend establishments with strong command of the English language. The service level in English was of a very high standard. Not only were the servers almost fluent in English but they also adjusted their service for a western sensibility. The service was less abrupt and assertive than in most Istanbul restaurants. In addition, significant time was allowed between each course. For this week’s İngilizce Türkiye’de post we will highlight some of the English service terms and their Turkish equivalents:
- rezervasyon var mi? ‘do you have a reservation?’,
- ikram ‘on the house’, ‘with our compliments’,
- afiyet olsun ‘enjoy your meal’,
- bir şey değil ‘you’re welcome’ or ‘my pleasure’
- ‘iyi akşamlar’ ‘good evening’, ‘see you again’ and ‘thank you for coming’ are all appropriate in this context
Whether you are a Turkish native speaker who wants to practice English or a foreigner visiting Turkey, TurksLearnEnglish.com recommends Eleos for its great food and great service. Details:
Address: İstiklal Mh., 34440, Beyoğlu
Phone: +90 212 244 9090
Address: Yeşilköy Mh., Yeşilbahçe Sk No:9, Bakırköy
Phone: +90 212 663 3911
As always, if you know of any establishments that should be commended for their İngilizce Türkiye’de, please let us know.