There are a lot of nice restaurants by the Harbor, which offer special menu for a good price. We ate at Zepos, mainly because it was more full and we tend to trust the crowd's judgment when we know nothing ourselves. And the crowd was right: we ordered some mixed souflaki, a fried fish with olive oil and oregano and a tomato and sea fruit pasta, and they all tasted great. good atmosphere too.
In the grand bazaar we found a really nice (and cheap) restaurant with exquisite food called Mardin. This is a good place to try some new plates. We had 2 kind of kebab, a salad, filled pastry (sambusac) and the best kanapeh we found in Istanbul.
The Grand Bazaar
Japanese cooking workshop: Another option for people who like to cook (such as myself) is taking a Japanese cooking workshop. You can find (at least in Tokyo) great cooking workshops in English. I attended one, and cooked a full meal with sushi (salmon fotomaki roll), chicken breast and vegetable in a homemade teriyaki sauce, and for dessert – rice dough balls with sweet beans cream and a cold green tea.
The next day we got up early and headed to Alkmaar, an historic town well known for its cheese market. The market is open every Friday (April-September), between 10:00 to 12:30, and it’s one of only four traditional Dutch cheese markets still in existence. We didn’t know it, but you can’t actually buy cheese at the market itself – only watch a demonstration of how merchants' market operated in the past.
Armani the chef provided delicious and balanced meals every day and was very quick in setting up, breaking down the tents and packing up stuffs daily in the vehicle. He always asked our opinion before cooking and made sure that everyone ate to their satisfaction. The accommodations were wonderful and the tents in very good condition.