September is here! To be honest, I really want to sing "Wake Me Up When September Ends" due to the hectic schedule I'm having at the moment, but I suppose I shall look forward to Pikachu and my birthday this month. Back in Selcuk, Turkey, after having lots of fun exploring Ephesus, it was time for dinner at the well-known Mehmet & Alibaba Kebab House.
The restaurant first opened its door to customers in the spring of 2009. The owner is a friendly man who also runs a guest house nearby.
The bread, which was served first with mashed olives and something akin to sour cream, was velvety enough with its edges being crispy.
Menemen ₺8.00 (~S$3.80)
A traditional Turkish dish, Menemen combines eggs, tomatoes, onions, green peppers and spices into one messy, but colourful offering. It might appear unappetising at first, but trust me, it had an awesome sweet and sour balance. The tomatoes used were truly fresh.
Adana Kebab Ana Yemek ₺17.00 (~S$8.05)
The spicy minced meat of beef and lamb was flavourful, although the outer layer was a tad too dry for my liking. The rice was cooked well, while the fries could be less wrinkly for sure. The side salad was undoubtedly fresh, and it was a delight to drizzle olive oil and pomegranate vinaigrette over it.
Well, it was actually a mistake. I'd ordered the kebab to go with pita bread, but it came with rice instead. Upon raising the issue to the owner, he brought me the thin, slightly chewy bread so that I could do the wrap myself.
Izgara Balik Ana Yemek ₺20.00 (~S$9.45)
The fish main course was decidedly better. Having a clean, white flesh that was naturally sweet, the fish had its skin so crispy that I really couldn't get enough of it. That one slice of lemon had just enough juice to give a zing to the sea bream. I'm not sure if you notice, but there was less rice on this particular plate.
Tahin and Pekmezli Pancake ₺6.00 (~S$2.85)
A local style pancake for dessert wouldn't harm, would it? Being not-so-thin with a heady smoky aroma, it was spread over with an oily paste made of sesame seeds and grape molasses. I suppose it'd be approaching perfection should it be slightly saltier.
Cold Rose Hips ₺2.00 (~S$0.95)
To wash everything down, I had a glass of cold rose hips that wasn't sweet, but mildly fragrant. It was comforting for the stomach. Pika's advice: Note that some of the beverages, including hot rose hips and Turkish tea, are free of charge.
It was a fulfilling dinner. Anyway, look at those lovely ducks at the swamp near the remains of the Temple of Artemis.
Mehmet & Alibaba Kebab House
4/A Ataturk Mh. 1047
(Daily: 9.00am - 10.30pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,