Welcome to our restaurant

Barba Vasilis, is a small restaurant in Fener-Balat, Istanbul, a neighborhood which has  historicaly been home to many different ethnicities of the Ottoman Empire, with their rich and diversified culinary traditions. At BarbaVasilis we try to bring together these rich traditions, with the tastes of modern tavernas, under the atmosphere of a “meyhane”, Turkish word for “tavern” or “place where to drink wine”. Here you will find not only find daily prepared mezes, but also seafood varieties such as octopus and calamaries, and some fresh fishes from the seas surrounding Istanbul.

Our Story

Meyhane is firstly a gathering place, where friends meet, to enjoy the conversation and presence of each other. In a typical meyhane night, dinner starts and goes for a long time with mezes, which are cold appetizers served in small plates and eaten with slices of bread, to be followed by hot appetizers and sometimes but not always, main dishes. Everything on the table, but especially mezes, and hot appetizers are shared. The food in a typical meyhane, is designed to go with ‘rakı’, Turkish national alcoholic drink. 

 

Style and taste come together

In the Ottoman Empire and until recently, most of the meyhane owners were Greek speaking Christians, (Rums), and they were called ‘Barba’, or uncle. This is where our name comes from.

Our kitchen is open everyday from 09:00 to 23:00. Booking might be necessary especially at weekend nights. Simply call us, or send an email.

 We are located in Balat neighborhood of historical Istanbul on the southern shore of the Golden Horn Sea, at just a few kilometers’ distance to the well known centers like Sultanahmet, Taksim, and Eminonu. 

If you are heading to Eyup or Pierre Loti Hill, or the Orthodox Patriarchate, we are on your way. Actually the Patriarchate is just in our back street.

Selection From Our Menu

Stuffed Artichoke

Artichoke stuffed with rice and shrimps in between.

Crispy Zucchinis

Crispy Zucchinis

Crispy, fried zucchinis. Served with dried yogurt.

Grilled Calamary

Grilled Calamary

The calamary is grilled in full portion and is served with lemon sauce and olive oil.

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Girit Dip

A traditional mezze made from cheeses, plenty of pistachios. and spices.

Sahanaki

Sahanaki

This appetizer is made form a special cheese covered with sesame and then fried. Served hot.

Grilled Octopus

Grilled Octopus

One leg of octopus marinated with special sauces, and after being grilled, served with thyme, vinegar and olive oil.

Our Restaurant

Our restaurant consists of two floors. 

The first floor has a main saloon and three rooms, 

Santorini, Mikonos and Balat.

The upper floor consists of four rooms isolated from 

each other, Fener, Ayvansaray, Pera and Cibali. 

Where we are

We are located at the ground floor of Troya Hotel Balat. To come to our restaurant by public transport, you can take bus no 55T in Taksim direction, and primarily 99Y, 99A in the Eyüp-Eminönü direction. You should get off at Fener or Ayakapı stops when you come by bus. You can find more detailed instructions in the hotel’s ‘location’ page here. 

  • Abdülezelpaşa St. No: 97
  • Fener - FATİH - ISTANBUL - TURKEY
  • 34083
  • 0531 947 9393
  • barba@barbavasilis.com

Fix Menus

4 KİŞİ İÇİN EKONOMİK FİKS MENÜ ÖRNEĞİ  (Kişibaşı 150 TL)

                                  (Haftaiçi Geçerlidir)

70 cl Yeni Rakı

8 çeşit meze (skordalya, tirokafteri, lahana sarma, deniz börülcesi, kayakoruğu, topik, zahter, selino, cacıki, kafteri, fava gibi seçeneklerden sekizi) 

3 çeşit ara sıcak (çıtır karides, çıtır kabak, saganaki)  

1 salata

Meyve veya tatlı (mevsim meyveleri, kireçte kabak, farsala helvası gibi seçenekler) 

Aynı menüyü alkolsüz olarak da alabilirsiniz, fiyat farkı 35 TL. 

LİMİTSİZ İÇKİ PAKETLERİMIZ YOKTUR. 

4 KİŞİ İÇİN FİKS MENÜ ÖRNEĞİ  (Kişibaşı 200-220 TL)

70 cl Yeni Rakı, veya kişibaşı 2 bira, veya 2 kişiye bir şarap

8 çeşit meze (skordalya, tirokafteri, lahana sarma, deniz börülcesi, kayakoruğu, topik, zahter, selino, cacıki, kafteri, fava gibi seçeneklerden sekizi) 

3 çeşit ara sıcak (deniz ürünleri güveci, kalamar ızgara, asma yaprağında sardalya, ahtapot ızgara, çıtır karides, çıtır kabak, saganaki gibi seçeneklerden üçü)  

2 salata

Ana Yemek : Karışık balık tabağı veya et, tavuk

Meyve veya tatlı (mevsim meyveleri, kireçte kabak, farsala helvası gibi seçenekler) 

Aynı menüyü alkolsüz olarak da alabilirsiniz, fiyat farkı 35 TL. 

LIMITSIZ IÇKI PAKETLERIMIZ YOKTUR.