A close friend and I discovered this cozy eatery one evening when its next door neighbor Adem Baba was full. Takanik – a wordplay combining taka, a small boat, and the infamous transatlantic ship- had recently opened its Arnavutköy branch, after serving delicious Black Sea-style sea fare for years at Yeniköy.
With its walls full of customers’ photos, friendly service, affordable prices and most importantly; tasty no-frills food, Takanik is definitely a place to get hooked to. When here, you’ll be served a complimentary plate of pickles to get your tastebuds going, as well as the heavenly mısır ekmeği, corn bread, two Black Sea region favorites. Takanik’s corn bread is by far the best I’ve eaten, especially when it’s fresh off the oven.
You’ll regret not starting off with the hearty fish soup – a thick soup with chunks of fish, vegetables and fresh herbs, a meal on its own. For appetizers, I’d recommend the balık köftesi, fish patties, as well as regulars such as the season salad, shrimps and calamari. If you still have room, do go for the fish – always fresh and tasty.
Takanik also serves desserts – opt for the kabak tatlısı in season, pumpkin dessert, and have tea to conclude the fish feast. Also worth noting is that this place doesn’t offer alcohol, keeping the prices low and making it ideal for when you’re in the mood for fish but don’t want an elaborate rakı-and-meze evening.
Go there for a light, simple and delicious meal and enjoy!