Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Great Turkish Cuisine, Perfect everytime

Although Bodrum might be famous for it's sun, sea and sand, there are those like my husband and myself, who will not be satisfied until they find the perfect meal.  In Bodrum, this is relatively easy since the available basic ingredients are so good anyway, that anyone with some knowledge of cooking can create a fairly decent meal.
Izmir Kofte over Begendi 
Then again, there are those exceptional establishments that should not be missed on any trip to Bodrum, like Kismet Restaurant in Konacik.   I honestly don't remember a single meal I have had here that I did not like.  Everything is so professionally prepared that you cannot find fault with anything.  There is a very nicely orchestrated way they display their daily dishes and the customers get to pick and choose to their heart's content.  There is a big display case as you enter the restaurant with all home style dishes, out for the customer's inspection.  The only difficulty might be with making a decision amongst so many wonderful choices.  Although I believe to each is own, I have to mention some of my favorites.  Their special of the day for Thursdays is Begendi, which is a heavenly creamed eggplant dish with bechamel sauce and kasari cheese. Begendi is probably one of most impressive Turkish specialties, but the way they prepare it at Kismet is a completely improvised version that is still divine. Begendi is usually served with tas kebabi, a classic stew but it is perfect with most meat dishes. Here we like to have it with Izmir Kofte, (fried meatballs in tomato sauce.)

Kurufasulye Pilav
The Kurufasulye Pilav (traditional Turkish rice and beans) is fantastic and my other personal favorite is the Ayse Kadin fasulye (Green beans cooked with tomatoe sauce) this is a dish that is usually served cold but here I have had it warm and loved it.

Deniz Borulcesi
The right side of the display case is devoted to salads, olive oil dishes and mezes  that are served cold.  They have a rich variety of local herbs that they use in their salads.  Here again our favorites are the kopoglu mancasi (eggplant with peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and garlic yogurt) and deniz borulcesi (pickleweed salad.)

Make sure to leave room for Kalburabasti for desert. And after a perfect meal I love having my Turkish coffee in their authentic cups.

One word of advice - Get there right around noon, this is a favorite of the locals and it gets quite crowded. They can also run out of some specialties fairly quickly.

Kismet Lokantasi
Ataturk Bulvari Finansbank Arkasi (behind Finansbank) No 35/A
Konacik - BODRUM
Tel:     0252 319 0096
Mobile: 0532 470 7878

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