Have breakfast on the Bosporus

How about combining a delicious breakfast with the unique scenery of the Bosporus? If so, then we have an offer for you! Yakamoz Balık Restaurant in Kuleli, Üsküdar is renowned for offering various kinds of fish. The many choices call to epicureans to enjoy the restaurant’s rich breakfast menu (Photo: Today's Zaman)

April 09, 2012, Monday/ 16:27:00

The weather is turning warm and spring has started to show up. When tulips start to bloom and redbud trees begin to color the hills extending along the Bosporus, İstanbullites flock to outdoor weekend breakfast restaurants.

Wouldn’t you like to combine enjoying your breakfast with the unique scenery of the Bosporus? If so, then we have an offer for you! Yakamoz Balık Restaurant in Kuleli is renowned for offering various kinds of fish. The many choices call to epicureans to enjoy the restaurant’s rich breakfast menu. Taner Acar Kaya, the owner, takes pride in offering his customers very special dishes on this beautiful part of the Bosporus. There is an open buffet on Saturdays and Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Yakamoz combines the lightness of the Mediterranean-style breakfast with the richness of a village breakfast.

By combining the two different breakfast menus the restaurant is able to offer its customers a special experience. Are you already wondering what you’re waiting for? Just imagine: Various kinds of local cheese; homemade jams, such as bitter orange, watermelon rind and black mulberry, are brought in specially from Antakya province; different kinds of pastries; cookies; seasonal vegetables in olive oil; appetizers; bread and seasonal fruit buffets; and Ottoman sorbets. If you don’t feel satisfied by this rich menu -- served alongside the wonderful scenery of the Bosporus -- you can always order some grilled sucuk (spicy sausage with garlic), fried dough, any kind of omelet, or menemen (Turkish style scrambled eggs with chopped onion, tomatoes and green peppers).

The dishes are prepared by cooks at food stands erected in the garden. After breakfast, unlimited black tea, herbal tea or coffee is available as a weekend enjoyment. Don’t worry about your kids while having breakfast. You can sit comfortably while your children play in a green garden set aside for them. Let’s talk more of the tastes awaiting you at the most beautiful breakfast location on the Bosporus.

The variety of cheese is very impressive: White cheese, fresh and aged kaşar cheese, stringy cheese, herbed cheese from the provinces of Van and Urfa, dried cottage cheese from Hatay, plaited cheese, Circassian cheese, Mihaliç cheese and Gaziantep cheese. In addition to the restaurant’s cheeses, you can order bryndza, butter, clotted cream, çizik zeytin (green olives cracked or split with a mallet), more kinds of green olives, duble sele zeytin (dry and salt cured black olive), kıvırcık sele zeytin (olives cured with rock salt), honey in the comb, various kinds of halva, cherry jam, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, rose jam, hazelnut paste, chocolate, sausage, sigara böreği (deep fried rolls with cheese filling), chocolate croissant, spinach pastry, potato pastry, su böreği (layered pastry), tiramisu, shortbread, apple cookies, şekerpare (small cakes doused in syrup), walnut baklava, baked rice pudding, saray sarma (round baklava), salads, seasonal fruits such as kiwi, banana, muskmelon, strawberry, apple, plum, pear and pineapple. I’ve listed so many of the restaurant’s choices that I’ve made myself tired! If you’ve grown hungry instead of tired, head to Yakamoz to alleviate this hunger.

Satisfy yourself with both scenery and breakfast

Breakfast at Yakamoz is available on Saturdays and Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Open buffet breakfast is TL 40 per person. Breakfast is free for children up to the age of 6. And there is a 50 percent discount for children between the age of 6 and 12. Yakamoz has 30 employees and room for 350 customers -- 200 in the garden and 150 indoors.

A breakfast with a view Yakamoz Balık Restaurant

Çengelköy Kuleli Caddesi, No: 69 Üsküdar/İstanbul Tel.: 0 (216) 318 95 05 www.yakamozbalik.com