I’ve spent three anniversaries in a row here, so suffice it to say that I like it. A lot. The view and the setting make it such a wonderful departure from the same old harbor-side restaurants that make up virtually 90% of the places in the Bodrum area. But that’s only the half of it. Adorned with a quaint, eclectic mix of antique furniture and lanterns, you sit and dine in the middle of a olive tree field, overlooking the sea- taking in the natural beauty that is the Agean. The collective vibe sort of gives you the sense that you’ve been transported as a beatnik back to the 60’s. That is, until the inventive twists on Turkish classics, hit your table, like fried manti for example. Or blistered green beans in a classic olive oil dish, taking inspiration from the popular shishito peppers and then mixing it with incredibly fresh stewed tomatoes.
Scores of other things were also good. like the zucchini blossom dolma and this unusual bean salad that tasted like a cross between a lentil and a wheat berry, mixed with peppers and little crunchy bits of filo dough. The fish and octopus have also been very good. And most recently we did their special kofte (kebab), with a wonderful heat to it, tomato sauce and cubes of Ramadan bread which soaked up the juices from the meat and the sauce making it even more awesome than it’s already awesome self. One thing I highly recommend doing, which is not on the menu, is to ask for the sampler plate so you get to try a little of everything.
Dessert was the only spotty course. Ice cream is always a crowd-pleaser, but it’s nothing to swoon over. And the mosaic cake is also quite good, but not necessarily amazing. If you truly want to end on a high note, the strawberry cheesecake is the best of the bunch. More crust than cheese, which is atypical for cheesecake kind, but I honestly prefer it now that I’ve had it.
And last but not least, for such a trendy place, it’s nice to see that in three years the service has never dipped. But let’s be honest, no one is paying attention to the severs. The setting really is the true star here. Çok guzel (very beautiful) as they say in Turkish. Çok guzel indeed.
*Also, one MAJOR tip, go just before sunset. You’ll thank me.