Let's continue with our adventure in Izmir, Turkey. The evening at Izmir was spent at Konak Pier, which includes a long stretch of marina for a pleasant walk. Out of the innumerable eateries there, my BFF and I decided to give Kordon Yengec Restaurant a visit, which is one of the most highly rated restaurants there.
The restaurant specialises in seafood items that are guaranteed to be fresh. When we stepped into it, we were greeted by the friendly manager. Pika's advice: According to the manager, the restaurant serves a buffet style meal, in addition to the usual a la carte. You may want to consider the former.
While waiting for our food to come, we were munching on the bread that was crispy alright. Olive oil and lemons were provided on the table.
Shepherd Salad ₺15.00 (~S$7.00)
A plate of fresh salad made a good start to the late dinner at around 9.00pm. The tomatoes and cucumbers were juicy, but I was wondering where were the onions hiding. They were only a few of them.
Fried Squid ₺28.00 (~S$13.05)
The manager said that we should try their fried squid, so we obliged. It certainly didn't disappoint at all to have springy squid covered in a light-as-air batter. Each piece was a delight to pop into the mouth, especially since it wasn't oily. The accompanying tartar sauce was good, but it could be tangier.
Butter Shrimp ₺26.00 (~S$12.10)
I literally made the two thumbs up gesture after trying one of the shrimps, which came sizzling in a hotplate. The rich butter taste coated the bouncy shrimps and the juicy mushrooms without masking their natural sweetness. I was thinking, "If only I could have a bowl of rice..." :P
Grilled Grouper Seasonal Price
As some of the dishes had already run out, we accepted what the manager offered us. The total price for two plates of grouper fish, each with greens, tomato and potato, the other day was ₺92.00 (~S$42.85)
While the outside layer of the grouper was crispy, its flesh was still firm, yet incredibly sweet and juicy, testament to the good grilling technique. Equally bursting with juice was the tomato with such a beautiful red colour.
Special Yengec Dessert ₺15.00 (~S$7.00)
It was a right decision to order the first dessert item on the list, which is also the specialty of the restaurant. A springy and airy cake which texture I found to be quite similar to bika ambon (Indonesian honeycomb cake), it had its best kept secret inside.
As I cut it open, a sweet concoction of caramel, honey and almond rushed out. Coupled with the vanilla ice cream at the side, it was really delightful, even though the filling could be just slightly less runny.
Service was somewhat slow, but I wasn't too fussy about it as the restaurant was crowded and more importantly, the food was good. Below are two pictures of the marina that I took the other day.
Kordon Yengec Restaurant
314/A Ataturk Cd.
(Daily: 10.00am - 12 midnight)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,