Food Glorious Food!
Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
16Trip End Nov 25, 2008
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A word about 2 restaurants. Allturca and 7 Mehmet.
7 Mehmet was supposed to be a little walk from our hotel in Kaleici in Antalya.
Breakfast (outside of Istanbul) is always the same.
Oh and one more thing to explain -
Oh and the last thing.
Ok, now for a little bit of reality check. It would seem that Denis and are are having vastly different experiences when it comes to the cuisine of Turkey. It ain't all that! This is a very, very meat centric country. Yes there are many vegetarian choices but generally in the starters category. While sometimes interesting, I find the flavor profile ( to borrow some lingua franca from Top Chef) is limited and frankly, flat. All this is not to say that we have not had some good meals. But we have been here for over two weeks now and I cant think of more than 5 dishes that I thought were good enough to write home about. Basically, its lamb or chicken, grilled, sauteed or cooked in a clay pot served with rice, tomatoes and yogurt. It would be an understatement to say that Denis and I have stayed away from the most upscale eateries but we have pampered ourselves from time to time with restaurant in the luxury range. We had the pleasure of dining on the same food available almost everywhere but with good views and clean, white table cloths for triple the money.
Denis has written about the ubiquitous lamb doner. It will be familiar to you as a gyro. I have never in my life been brave enough to eat sliced meat that has swirled around on a skewer all day before coming to Turkey. And I still would not have done so if there was an alternative in some of the places we have visited. In some neighborhoods of Antalya, standing in one spot you could see 5 to 10 of these "elephant legs" spinning about in the kebab shops that line the streets.
I dont like being ungenerous but one should not come to Turkey for the food. Its really just fine but you had better like LAMB alot and the fish is pricey and comes FRIED and that's that.
The hardest part of traveling is BREAKFAST. With out exception, breakfast all over Turkey has been the same. Everywhere. Every morning. Its charming at first but sometime I just want oatmeal, or scrambled eggs not olives and cheese. Oh BTW, NO BACON...... EVER!