When visiting the historic town of Ayvalik on Turkey's Aegean coast, do as the locals and Turkish summer visitors do and head to Cunda (AliBey) in the evening.
The Deniz Restaurant on the sea front has a marvelous array of hot and cold mezes, mainly vegetarian or sea food, including stuffed courgette flowers, samphire and sea urchin when in season. The fresh fish that almost inevitably follows is delicious although prepared simply by either frying or grilling (depending on the type of fish). Try the local speciality, papalina, tiny fried fish eaten bones, head and all.
In winter you can eat inside in front of an open fire.
You should try drinking Raki whether winter or summer, but don't forget to dilute it!
The best thing about the Deniz Restaurant is its affordability - a full meal with Raki or wine will cost about £20-25 per head which compares favourably to the many neighbouring restaurants. The Deniz Restaurant is the one the locals choose and they can't be wrong, they may even have caught the fish served there!
Cunda Deniz Restourant sahil boyu no:15 Alibey adası Ayvalık/Balıkesir
+90(0)266 327 16 85
Accessible by bus or dolmus from Ayvalik or by small ferry in season. Or you can drive over the causeway. The restaurant is on the seafront near the "Tas Kahve".
Tel: 0266 327 16 85
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