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Posted 01 September 2004 - 11:46


Istanbul is filled with restaurants serving tasty fare from almost every nation on the planet. Every month, we feature one of these restaurants on our pages. All of the restaurants that we recommend have something special to mark them out from the crowd: maybe a Bosphorus view, or perhaps a unique location in a historic neighbourhood. However, to date, all of our restaurants have been 'grounded'. This month, we recommend that you enjoy a delicious meal as you cruise past Istanbul's villas, coves and bridges. Enjoy a tour of both shores of the Bosphorus while you breathe in the healthy sea air. Istanbul boasts a wide selection of 'floating eateries', from humble vendors of grilled fish sandwiches to elegant dinner cruises. One such vessel is the Sesta, moored at Arnavutkoy on the Bosphorus. The Sesta is owned and operated by the New Yorker restaurant in Kurucesme, who are also responsible for Sesta's menu. The Sesta was built in 1978. This type of vessel is most often used as a freight carrier in the Black Sea. In 1994, the Sesta was rebuilt, without touching the basic construction. Today, it serves as a floating restaurant, having retired from its days as a freight vessel in the Black Sea..
Sesta is only rented out to groups, but it is well worth the effort. The menu consists of cold canapés, salads, dishes cooked in olive oil, main courses, desserts and, naturally, drinks. We began with the octopus salad, which is also on the menu at New Yorker. This appetising salad was made with thinly sliced marinated octopus, tomatoes, olives and capers. Another cold appetiser is Capon Margo, made with shrimp, boiled sea bass, green beans and artichoke and served with a fresh green spice sauce. Pasta lovers will enjoy the seafood pasta with Cajun sauce. The sea bass wrapped in aubergine is a guaranteed hit with seafood lovers. For our main course, we had the grilled chicken with pesto sauce. The chicken is served on a bed of garlic mashed potato and with sautéed spinach on the side. For dessert, we had the banana boat, a veritable explosion of ice cream, whipped cream, bananas and chocolate raspberry sauce. A sunset cruise down the Bosphorus is an unforgettable event in itself. Add a delicious meal and you have the makings of a memory to last a lifetime.

Sesta: New Yorker Summer Cevdet Pasa Cad. No: 244/1, Bebek/İstanbul. Tel: 0212-287 52 95. www.newyorkergroup.com

By The Gate Magazine

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