Picture this. Stunning sun drenched open terrace overlooking a deep blue green Mediterranean sea. I could gaze endlessly out at the small islands in the distance. Instead, I have work to do: deciding what to order. Will it be the Ottoman style lamb shanks, grilled sea bass, a traditional claypot chicken or the fainting priest (aubergine and veggie hot pot)? Adam makes it easy and suggests grilled garlic prawns, rice and salads. We all opt for this and soak up the atmosphere with a bottle of cool crisp Cankaya white wine. We witness a spectacular pink hued sunset from our small corner of paradise.
We return a few days later for brunch- heaven on many little plates: Pan fried paprika infused white cheese, a selection of local cheeses, poached paprika egg dish, fresh bread, salads, organic tomatoes and cucumbers, a selection of home grown olives in various marinades, home made jams and honey and the list goes on! My daughter plays with bunny rabbits and works up an appetite chasing roosters and chickens with Adam's children.
Adam's Place allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist town and experience a traditional Turkish meal in a relaxed informal setting.
Adam is charming, helpful and friendly. He and his family are gracious hosts. We have been frequenting Adam's Place since first coming to Kalkan in 2007. All meals include home grown organic produce. Whether an al fresco breakfast, brunch or dinner, Adam's Place does not disappoint.
Adam will even drive you to/from your holiday home in Kalkan as his restaurant is about a 5-10 minute drive from the centre of Kalkan.
Kas Road, Kalkan
+90 0242 844 3232
Gozleme is a mouthwatering cross between a pancake and a flat bread usually cooked for you while you sit cross legged on cushions in a mock Bedouin tent by traditionally dressed Turkish ladies. They are delicious and can be both savoury and sweet. The savoury usually being a mix of minced lamb, potato, white cheese, parsley and chilli and the sweet being either honey or chocolate with nuts. These little places usually don't look much but to pass by would be a denial of a little piece of heaven. The ladies skilfully roll out the dough, add a filling then cook the delightful Gozleme on a heated dome which resembles an upturned wok, all the time basting it with butter until its cooked to perfection and cost a mere handful of lira.
Various locations around towns and alongside roads
Moonlight restaurant was found purely by chance: out of the centre of town, you could walk right by and not realise it was there. Entered at the side of the building, up steps, you climb to a tiny rooftop terrace with simply amazing views over Kalkan, probably the best. There is only space for 10 tables and all were full the night we ate. You will not get a table here without booking well in advance. The food can be chosen from a set menu or a la carte but, if the latter you must notify your choices at the time of booking. I recommend that you stick to the set menu: I defy you not to be able to find something you like and at under 35 TL it is staggeringly good value for money. The wine list is limited but contains good choices. The food is very much local in orientation and utterly delicious. This was definitely the best food we had tasted anywhere in Kalkan. So, what's the down-side? Not discovered until we came to pay, they do not accept credit cards! Fortunately, they are happy to take any currency; we paid in sterling - £40 for two, including wine and tip. Unbelievable.
Yali boyu mah. Hasan altan cad. No:17
Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey, 07960
+90 242 844 39 79
Don’t miss out on the snorkelling action when taking one of the great coastal boat trips - my top tip for Turkey is to visit your optician before you go and invest around £30 on a supply of disposable contact lenses. I did, although I hadn’t worn lenses for 30 years - instead of the usual frustration of blobby, indistinct shapes the undersea world opened up and for the first time in years I was able to follow fish that I could actually see. I used the lenses every day – the best value £30 I spent on that holiday.
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