Sunday, May 28, 2023


One of the oldest bazaars in Turkey, Kemeraltı  is a historical market  district of İzmir. Today It remains one of the liveliest parts of İzmir.

You can find the unique tastes of the Izmir cuisine  in the historic Kemeralti Bazaar. Inside the inns within the bazaar, the small , unpretentious many restaurants that are hard to find in the narrow streets serve delicious Izmir dishes and salads to their customers.

One of them is Tabaklar Fish Restaurant.

Here you will find one of the most delicious fish you can eat in your life.

The restaurant was established in 1959. They’ve been doing this job for 60 years.

The popular name of the restaurant is Zahmetsiz, which means  “Effortless” Fish Restaurant. Because you eat great fish here effortlessly. There is no problem with stripping. Because the bones of the fish have been removed.

Before entering the restaurant, we recommend you to take your pickle water from Kemeraltı Pickle. That’s what we do.

We are entering the fish restaurant. As usual, we both order one portion of “zahmetsiz” and only one portion of grilled sardines.

Our orders are put on the charcoal grill.

If you order fish here, you can have a plate of fish, a salad (they serve without asking) and a small turkish delight called helva.

This is a simple lettuce, tomato, onion salad. However, the olive oil put on it and the lemon you squeeze later makes it a great flavor. You can find the world’s best quality olive oil in Turkey. The miraculous component of Mediterranean cuisine.

Salads are served while the fish is cooked on the grill.

First the sardines were cooked. Olive oil is poured over and served with lemon slices. Sardines is an abundant fish in the Aegean Sea. You can eat grilled or fried in oil. We preferred the grilled sardine because it was healthier.

Then, zahmetsiz called   leer fish was served. Of course, olive oil was poured on it again.

You can see On the wall is an old newspaper clipping titled “The fish does not exist anywhere else like this ” about Tabaklar fish restaurant.

After the fish is finished, halva is served for dessert. The dessert, tahin halva, is really good too.

We are interviewing the 3rd generation owner of the restaurant.

When customers are low, the restaurant’s veteran waiter eats his own fish. He says he’s worked here for 30 years.

Only lunch is served here. No alcohol service.

If you go to the historical Kemeraltı Bazaar in Izmir , we definitely recommend Tabaklar Fish Restaurant.

TABAKLAR Fish Restaurant

872 Sok. No:134 | Konak Merkez, Konak, İzmir, Türkiye

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