In the words of the bad guy from the movie The Rock, “I sh#t you not,” this is the best meal out I have ever had in my life. With a morning dash up Needle Mountain, the ominous peak which bisects the intimidating Commando training base and idyllic fishing town Egidir, under my belt, Rose and I strolled along the man-made causeway which connects the main town to the tiny outcrop which is home to a few Pensyions and restaurants. It was a hot day and we stopped for a quick swim to cool off, only the sound of a few truants playing nearby for company. After drying off we meandered past a couple of empty restaurants and came upon one that although not full was showing signs of having recently been enjoyed by many; busy smiling staff, messy tables (unheard of in Turkey) and the smell of many flavours still in the air. Expecting to be told we were too late for lunch we politely enquired, “of course we do food sit down” was the clear message. We were seated under a lemon tree right by the lakeside, the only boat in view was a small rower with two old men smoking and talking under the guise of fishing. We each ordered a different fish, with other options of course being tavuk (chicken) and the staple Kofte. Our perfectly cooked, freshly caught fish was presented in a proud manner which suggested the waiters were used to happy customers. They didn't disappoint and were perfectly accompanied by a delightfully light and zingy parsley salad. We ate contentedly but not too quickly, happily savouring the taste, the atmosphere and the view, all working together in perfect harmony. It was one of those meals where you wouldn’t change a thing, topped off with a bill of about six quid. Teşekkür ederim. And we shall see you again.
3rd Restaurant as you enter the island on the South side.
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