Thursday, July 21, 2011

Koyunbaba - one of the best kept secrets of Bodrum...

My cousin Ozlem, for years has been telling me about a hole in the wall establishment with great mezes and an incomparable breeze.  We finally got a chance to find out if all her tales were true.  On one of the hottest days of the season, we traveled to Koyunbaba, an out of the way, modest restaurant and lodgings that is at the end of a long winding path off the Gumusluk - Yalikavak road.  If it wasn't for Ozlem, I would never have found this place by myself.  But once we got down to sea level and felt the wonderful breeze, all the challenges were long forgotten.

This place was so much more than I could hope for.  It was a clean, sparse, family-run establishment that was right on the water with good food.  Their mezes were very good and my son approved of their kofte.  I especially liked their zeytinyagli kabak cicegi dolma (stuffed zucchini flowers cooked with olive oil,) fava (broad bean paste) and kopoglu mancasi (fried eggplants mixed with peppers, tomatoes and garlic yogurt.)  Their fried calamari was worthy of a mention as well.

After a long leisurely lunch, we sat by the water and drank our turkish coffee.  It was so comfortable that we didn't even feel a need to go into the water.

I plan to go back another time when I am not driving so I can drink raki with my mezes and really get the most zest out of the place.

Koyunbaba Mah. 
Gumusluk Beldesi
Tel:  0252 388 6676
        0252 388 6677
Gsm:0531 887 7494
        0506 609 9909

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sedef - I wrote a post about this on my blog. I really wanted to visit when I was in the area - but just didn't get around to it. I have heard so many good reviews about the food.

    You just menetioned my three favourite meze:
    1. stuffed zucchini flowers
    2. fava
    3. fried eggplants mixed with peppers, tomatoes, garlic and yogurt

    Let me know if I can include a snippet of this post on my blog.....