Some spaces have a distinct charm; they are warm and sincere. They in fact feel like your home. One of these is Fotini, hidden within Arnavutköy, it is located on the bottom floor of a wooden building from the 1900’s. You feel a certain familiarity upon entering, which is curated by the very welcoming Lena who is the owner of the place. It is this exact thing that all restaurant owners must acknowledge. The ulterior goal is quite simple: the customer should come to your restaurant to be happy. To accomplish this is beyond flavors, service, design, or this and that. I was pleased beyond expectation from everything that I ate at Fotini so I don’t have any specific recommendations. You can be at ease. But I must add to not skip the Hunkar Begendi dish in the photo with a glass of wine. Speaking of wine, Fotini at the moment is selling Assyrian wines from a producer from Mardin named Slihuh. The reason behind this is because Lena when visiting Mardin met with the producers and really liked them and their wines. It is as simple as that. I must add that the tastings and samplings are ongoing at Fotini to create a well curated wine menu. The Rakı lovers should not be disappointed because the monthly Saturday Rakı nights should provide them with the atmosphere to enjoy their drinks in this magical historical building. Besides this is a dog friendly space, wish I had come with Arye, I bet she would love it here.
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