Where is Eminönü Plaza?
The plaza is located on the Eminönü side of Galata Bridge in Istanbul.
It’s all about the spectacle.
On board the boats are huge BBQ plates and multiple cooks – cooks who don’t suffer from motion sickness. Eminonu is a busy ferry port and waves from passing traffic cause the boats to rock and roll like crazy. Adding to the theatre are waiters dressed in fancy costumes from the Ottoman era. In a strange way it all reminds me of a german beer hall – minus the stein carrying maids of course.
Is it Safe to Eat here?
There is no need to worry about the freshness of the fish as these boats churn out thousands of fish fillets daily.
Belik Emek is Turkish for Fish Sandwich. Each fillet is served on a crusty oblong roll with onion and lettuce for 6tl each. Clutching your Belik Emek, jostle your way through the crowds of scull cap wearing men and scarfed Turkish ladies to secure a barrel and stool. Next buy a plastic cup full of lurid pickled cabbage topped with a gherkin from a stall out the front. After the sandwich (mind the bones) and pickles (drink the juice – I dare you) hunt down a stall selling fried dough balls swimming in sweet liquid with a sprinkle of pistachio green.
A more low key and authentic location to grab a fish sandwich is at the fish market on the other side of the Galata bridge, or you could
Venture to the bottom floor of Galata Bridge where the restaurant touts will lure you in to try their version.
Wherever you get it from, Balik Emek is an unmissable Istanbul food experience.