Mezes at Meryem Yemek Evi

And so, on to Icmeler!

After our few days in Gocek, we moved on to Icmeler. Once again, we stayed at the Petunya Konak Hotel, just up from Tommy's bar. We were again bed and breakfast - lovely buffet breakfast, good selection with a different hot dish served each day (cheese rolls, menemen, sucuk etc). 

Arriving around lunchtime, we headed down into the old village and popped into the little cafe next to the mosque where we had two pizzas (23TL). In the evening, we went to our favourite restaurant in Icmeler - Meryem Yemek Evi - where we had an Adana kebab and the Meryem chicken special (78TL).

Sunday saw us visiting Nazar for lunch, where we had one chicken wrap and one lahmacun (22TL). Dinner was had at Hanci Ocakbasi, where we had pide (28TL).

Monday we decided to have a day at the pool, but popped over to Tommy's for lunch - one chicken wrap and one ham and cheese salad, with lemon iced tea and two beers (81TL). In the evening, we went to Kardelen where we had a Beyti kebab and karisik pide (51TL).

On Tuesday, we had arranged for our friend (and transfer driver) Ali Agircan, to take us on a day out, so we headed first to Asparan for some cay before visiting Datca. We stopped for lunch at a place called Tarim Pide on the Datca road, where we had two pides and one gozleme with water and ayran (46TL). Our evening meal was at OIgun restaurant, where we had one mixed grill and one tavuk sac kavurma (50TL).

On Wednesday, instead of a proper lunch, we had coffee and cakes at Cerit Cafe (43TL) as we had booked for the Turkish set menu at Cafe Rose in the evening. What a feast that proved to be - you get a great selection of mezes and the usual bread along with cheese rolls and stuffed vine leaves to start with, followed by chicken casserole with rice and a fresh fruit platter - all for 108TL for the two of us. 

Thursday saw us lunching at Kumru Doner (next to Tintins) where two chicken wraps with water and ayran was 28TL. Dinner was at Nazar, where we shared two pides (28TL).

On Friday, we lunched at Kayra, where hubby had his favourite brain soup (!) while we also shared some icli kofte and a karisik pide (51TL). Dinner was at Meryem again, where we had asked owner Cihan to make us a mixed grill with additional Arnavut ciger (liver) - beautiful food as usual (100TL).

Our final meal was lunch on the Saturday when we went to Sofra (opposite Alins). From the four dishes on offer, Ian opted for lentil soup and a chicken liver dish while I had meatballs in an unusual but lovely lemony sauce, all served with lovely fresh bread and rice, for the princely sum of 23TL.

I hope this has given you a flavour (pun intended!) of some of the fantastic Turkish food which Icmeler has to offer - and the incredibly good value for money it represents.

Cakes at Cerit Cafe

Turkish set menu starters at Cafe Rose

Chicken casserole at Cafe Rose

Beyti kebab at Kardelen

Gozleme at Tarim Pide on the Datca road

Icli kofte at Kayra

Chicken wrap and lahmacun at Nazar

Adana kebab and the special chicken at Meryem

Lunch at Sofra