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Live Music in the Wine Bar
If you go into a small family-run restaurant in Turkey, and find out that it appears to be extraordinary cheap, it's usually not because the fare is poor, but because they probably don't serve alcohol.
We discovered this bar one night after consuming a wonderful meal, only to have this vague feeling that something was missing - the wine.
This wine bar seemed to be located directly on the coast line, and was frequented by locals, most likely because of the man playing local folk songs on his zither-like instrument.
Favorite Dish: The wine is extraordinarily overpriced in this restaurant, with a regular bottle of red Doluca costing over 30 €! Okay, the plate of fruit and the bread that goes along with it a gratis, but it doesn't make up for the wine, which although is tasty, is truely mediocre in the world of fine wines.
Even though Turkey has been producing wine ever since Noah climbed out of his ark, wine production has never been written in capital letters here, and there are no local wines in this region - it all comes from a place near Istanbul.
On the other hand, this is a place to try some of the better wines, but please fasten your wallet safety belts first.
Comparison: more expensive than average
Theme: Wine Bar/Wine Tasting
Lykian Wine Vessels
Smiley offers fish in qualities and quantities that make his neighbour turn green with envy. Smiley has a restaurant in Kas on the west end of the harbour directly on the waterfront.
One day, he decided to expand his restaurant, and fix up the building that had belonged to his uncle adjancent to the restaurant. He wanted to dig out the cellar to be able to store beer and wine, and discovered that someone else had had this idea about 3000 years ago. He found an ancient Lykian wine cellar. Today you can sit in his wine cellar and drink fresh wines, while admiring the 3000 year old pottery remains of the Lykian wine amples.
Favorite Dish: He caters to the tastes of the British and the Germans, and still offers "only real authentic Turkish food". During the Spring-Fall season, he offers at least 5 different kinds of fish.
Address: Uzun Carsi Ara Sk., Kas
Comparison: about average
Directions: Looking out to sea in the harbor, the furthest restaurant on the right.
Phone: 836 28 12
Theme: Middle Eastern
Hard to believe but true! You're looking at one of the most popular Yachty so-called Bush Restaurants, here in the Cleopatra Bay. Because it's in the middle of a natural reserve, no one is allowed to build a hut or even a tent on land. No kidding - this is strictly forbidden. In the past government troops have come in with sledge hammers for enterpreneur Turks who thought the government wasn't really serious about environmental protection. There is only a picnic table at the end of this rickty, but surprisingly stable dock.
The real hit is that in front of the left boat is a row boot, in which the people have built a small adobe oven on, to cook you bread for breakfast.
Maybe some of you are thinking, 'I wonder if you could eat here without getting sick?'. YES, you can eat everything you want, without getting sick. But on the day we were here the guys got heartsick, because they ran out of beer.
Favorite Dish: Believe it or not this 'restaurant' offers a choice of <b>4 menues</b>; chicken, meatballs, fish or lamb. They also have cold beer and wine, and salad.
Address: Cleopatra Bay, near Fethiye.
Other Contact: Menus here cost around 5 $ per p
Take a Plate of Everything
The Turks often go to a lot of work preparing appetizers like the ones in this picture, which are often much tastier and interesting that the main dishes.
Favorite Dish: Among the real goodies are fried eggplant, marianated stuffed wine leaves, bulgar salad with chiles, walnut paste cream and potatoe salad.
Price: less than US$10
Theme: Middle Eastern
Cem and the Home-made Oven
Same restaurant in Cleopatra Bay. Cem has a small out-of-service motorboat, that they've put up on blocks. They've built a home-made wood-burning oven on top of it to bake bread. You can order bread the night before, and they will bring it to your ship the next morning.
Favorite Dish: Their olive-oil bread will stay fresh for at least 4 days.
Culinary Delights in Kalkan
Going to port and choosing a good quality restaurant is port is always a pleasure, like the Teresse Restaurant, here in Kalkan, near Fethiye. We perfer restaurants that specialize in local specialities, such as fresh fish.
Favorite Dish: I particularily like Turkish Food, especially the appetizers, and Bulgar salad. The dish I ordered here was chicken in a walnut sauce. The sauce was so good, that I am still trying to find out what the ingredients were, so I can make it at home.
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Kalkan - Near Fethiye
Theme: Middle Eastern
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