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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Gram Istanbul

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Welcome to the sixth post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. Today we would like to highlight a newly opened casual lunch cafe and bakery in Beyoğlu, Gram Istanbul

In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service and command of the English language. On a recent trip that TurksLearnEnglish.com made to Gram, we were impressed with the quality of the food, the service and servers’ ability to converse in English. The explanations of the food, ingredients and preparation style that we received in the English language, were commendable.

Gram is a small bakery and cafe in the heart of Beyoğlu, opened by chef, Didem Şenol. Didem is now famous in the Istanbul culinary scene due to her wildly successful Karakoy restaurant, Lokanta Maya. Lokanta Maya focuses on Turkish classics with a modern twist, prepared with seasonal fresh ingredients.

Gram Istanbul is effectively the lunch cafe version of Lokanta Maya. Everyday five to eight hot dishes and a selection of salads are prepared. The focus is on Turkish cuisine with some interesting takes on the classics. Like many classic Turkish büfe in Beyoğlu, servings are cafeteria style and priced based on the number of selections you make. Prices are reasonable but expect to pay more than your standard Istiklal lunch fare. There is also a bakery that prepares some of the best desserts and assorted baked goods we have ever eaten in Istanbul. Lunch is served from 12 to 3 pm daily with the bakery opened until 6pm.

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On our last visit, we were particularly impressed with the quality of the service delivered in English.

For this week’s vocabulary lesson we would like to go over classic Turkish ingredients often featured on Gram’s menu:

  • pazı … swiss chard
  • kabak … pumpkin
  • ıspanak … spinash
  • havuç … carrot
  • patlıcan …. eggplant
  • pancar … beetroot
  • bezelye …. pease
  • enginar … artichoke

We hope you enjoyed both our review of Gram Istanbul and our vocabulary lesson! As always, if you know of any restaurants, cultural institutions or attractions across Turkey that should be commended for the quality of their English, be sure to let us know!

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Kydonia

Welcome to the fifth post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. Today we would like to highlight a newly opened Bosphorus balık lokantası,  located in Kuruçeşme, Kydonia.

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In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service and command of the English language. On a recent trip that TurksLearnEnglish.com made to Kydonia, we were thoroughly impressed with the views, the food and the service.

Kydonia is an Agean fish restaurant specializing in mezze dishes and cooking styles from the island of Crete. The restaurant originally opened in the port of Alacatı. The Istanbul location (which we visited) opened last November. The setting is truly spectacular with a commanding view of the Bosphorus including the Kuleli Military High School, the first military high school (lisesi) in Turkey, founded in 1845 by Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I. Needless to say, the beautiful building makes a lovely backdrop at night when it’s lit up in multicolor LED effects. The defining feature of Kydonia is that the entire restaurant becomes an open air terrace in the warmer months, as the roof is completely retractable.

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On our visit, the dishes were all extremely tasty and fresh, but the highlights were the cold mezes including grilled artichoke hearts, girit ezme, stuffed zuchini flowers and fried Greek cheese. The hot appetizers that followed were also very well prepared, including grilled octopus and fish kokorec (similar to the lamb version but prepared with a hard white fish instead). The wine list is impressive and the service is impeccable. Our server knew the English translation of every meze in the restaurant, and there were over 30 on display that evening! Kydonia is not a cheap night out, but it’s reasonably priced considering the quality of the ingredients, the inventiveness of the dishes and the view and setting of the restaurant.

Here are some Turkish to English translations of some of our favorite dishes at Kydonia:

  • Izgara Lorlu Börek … white cheese rolled in pastry and grilled
  • Sıcak Yatırma Peyniri … fried white cheese
  • Izgara Ahtapot … grilled octopus
  • Cevizli Kalamar Dolma … stuffed squid (with nuts and meat)
  • Ahtapot Yahni … octupus stew

As always, if you know of any establishments that we should highlight in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series please do let us know!

 

 

 

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Muze de Changa

muze-da-changaWelcome to the fourth post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. Today we would like to highlight a wonderful cafe / restaurant located in the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Muze de Changa.

In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service and command of the English language. On a recent trip that TurksLearnEnglish.com made to the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, we decided to stop in to Muze de Changa for breakfast. We were very impressed with the quality of the food, the setting and the wonderful service we received in English.

Muze de Changa is a well established Istanbul restaurant that opened its doors back in 2005. The restaurant is located in the Emirgan district. The restaurant is housed on the top floor of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, overlooking the property’s beautiful gardens and the Bosphorus. The restaurant is well known for its high end dinner menu. On our last visit we discovered that the restaurant makes a wonderful breakfast on weekends. The breakfast service is largely unadvertised on its website, yet is extremely popular with locals.

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If you have ever wanted to visit the restaurant but are put off by the expensive prices for dinner, we certainly suggest visiting for breakfast. Prices are reasonable and the restaurant prepares wonderful twists on the classic Turkish kahvalti. Delicious börek with non-traditional ingredients, tasty menemen and a wide selection of traditional Turkish breads were a highlight. The kahvalti menu is short but it delivers enough choice to keep all your diners happy.

Combining a visit to the museum with a meal at the restaurant, and perhaps a walk to Emirgan park (which is located just a five minute walk up the Bosphorus), makes a perfect day out. For any visitor to Istanbul, the upper Bosphorus location of the restaurant is also a fabulous and often-skipped district. Be sure to call the restaurant ahead and a book a table on the terrace, which can be a bit crowded on the weekends, with many visitors celebrating birthdays or other special occasions.

For our Muze de Changa review, here is a small amount of vocabulary about museum collections:

  • Kitap Sanatları ve Hat Koleksiyonu   Callıgraphy collectıon
  • Resım koleksiyonu   Paıntıngs
  • Arkeolojık ve taş koleksionu   Archeological collectıon
  • Mobilya ve dekoratif koleksionu   Furnıture and decorative arts
  • Yeni alımlar   Recent acquisitions

As always, if you know of any establishments that we should highlight in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series please do let us know!

 

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: SALT Galata

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Welcome to the third post in our İngilizce Türkiye’de series. In our second post, we introduced a great Agean mezze restaurant called Eleos. In our third post we will highlight SALT Galata, a wonderful cultural institution in the heart of Istanbul.

In our İngilizce Türkiye’de series we highlight establishments across Turkey that offer great service. SALT Galata is the second installment of the not for profit SALT. The other two locations are SALT Beyoğlu (also in Istanbul) and SALT Ulus (in Ankara). SALT Galata is a wonderful multipurpose venue, with a museum, art gallery, archive, cafe and restaurant! For any resident of Istanbul or visitor, it is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. For the most part, SALT Galata is much less visited than the nearby Beyoğlu location.

SALT Galata opened November 22, 2011. Originally designed by Alexander Vallaury as the 19th century Imperial Ottoman Bank headquarters. SALT Galata is comprised of four main elements:

  • The Ottoman bank museum (wonderful display of financial records and archives set in the vault / basement of the original bank)
  • SALT Research, which offers access to print and digital resources, exhibitions and a conference hall
  • Ca’d’oro cafe, a lovely cafe which serves light snacks and has a strong internet connection and large tables for all day projects
  • Ca’d’oro restaurant, a more upscale restaurant serving lunch and dinner on a terrace overlooking the Golden Horn

In honor of SALT Galata and its Ottoman bank roots, here are some words related to art and exhibitions!

Sanat… art

Sergi… exhibition

Gösterim… presentation or screening

Konuşma… speech, public lecture

Atölye… (artist) studio

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As always, if you know of any restaurants or attractions in Turkey that have a strong command of the English language, please recommend them to us for our İngilizce Türkiye’de series!

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İngilizce Türkiye’de: Eleos Istanbul

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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.

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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:

Beyoğlu

Address: İstiklal Mh., 34440, Beyoğlu

Phone: +90 212 244 9090

Yeşilköy

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.

 

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