The food at Janus Bar restaurant (during the nighttime also a discotheque) tasted absolutely delecious.
Turkish meals mainly exist of grilled meat warm and cold vegetables, rice and potatoes. Of course you can also pick fish (wich they show to you first, you can make your choice from some fresh fish) or vegetarian food.
We also took a starter but the size of the starter was the same size as the main course.
I was offered coffee and a plate of mixed fruit for free. Abosolutely yummie!
I must say that the food was very good everywhere I ate. unfortunately I can't remember the names of all the restaurants.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish here was Adana kebab. It was very tasty prepared with lots of herbs.
It was definitely the best place we visited. Below I describe how the waiters can make a show out of everything, sometimes throwing burning bottles and making food outside in front of people.
That time the waiters (all males) were dressed in similar clothes which was nice. Nice orange shirts towards a tanned brown skin and dark hair looked nice. They were amazing: they might run to welcome you, escort to a table. If you come another day, they may ask the time and reserve a table...you will be surprised! It's not just for that there might be too many people, but in our case they had created an enormously romantic table with roses, rose leaves put everywhere, napkin art, colours, candles - even if it was just another evening. No honeymoon, no wedding or other anniversaries.
I found it very funny, amusing and nice when the guys suddenly started some dance together, standing in a line, holding each other, and those on the ends had a scarf which they moved around. It was Turkish -but not traditional- music that took me immediately: it was Tarkan, one of Turkey's most popular and sold pop singer. I bought his CD afterwards.
Favorite Dish: We ate there so many times that I don't remember...perhaps the steak! They made it on open fire outside, so that everybody could see that. They didn't save ingredients and alcohol when making the portion tasty.
Irish Coffees where bigger than in my country; made from a good Whiskey (Jameson, the Irish one). We saw the bottle as they made also the Irish coffees outside, making a performance out of it pouring liquids from a glass to another or from a bottle to a glass.
If you still want to sit in this nice place after dinner, try their specialty dessert drink: a watermelon first made empty and now filled with a mixture of alcohol. It is drunk with a straw together with your partner or friend. Or why not alone, too.
staff were very helpfull with choosing the menus, food was hot and exellent to the palet we were not rushed and were advised on coffee choice in all great place to eat and sample turkish quisine
Favorite Dish: kebab platter for four or two
There are two McDonalds in Alanya. This one is on the main street (Ataturk road)
See my other tip on McDonalds East side.
The prices are about the same as in any other big city
Favorite Dish: Big Mac is always a Big Mac
This was one of our favourite restaurants, not only was the foot great but the service was second to none. I would like to thank the waitors of the Kordon restaurant they work very hard and deserve better than they get
Favorite Dish: You have to try the sea bass, its not cheep by any means but well worth it
I think what made this restaurant stand out was not the food although it was good but the freindly service of the staff, i can't think what this waitors name was but he said he had 2 wives and ten children hahahahahahaha, im not sure if he was pulling my leg or not
Favorite Dish: This restaurant is on the main road leading out of Alanya, near burger king
This restaurant was located straight beneath "our" cliff. It was a very cheap restaurant but the döner was great. It had a little downside, we got a very upset stomach and the döner travelled rather fast down the alimentary tract :). We still came back for more though!
Favorite Dish: The price for the döner was 0,5€ believe it or not. We never saw any tourist at this restaurant only locals.
This restaurant looked very popular and although the hotel we was staying in was only round the corner we never actually ate there, everytime we walked past the waitor would thrust another card in our hands and offer us more discount for eating there, perhaps next year
Favorite Dish: If you decide to eat here they sometimes offer some good deals, we was offered free drink
and 10% discount
A little tip if you have a meal at the Sidar, we found its not worth ordering a starter because they give you a huge puffed up bread with garlic butter and chilli sauce for free and thats enough to fill you up before your main meal
In my opinion prob the most expensive restaurant in Alanya, and the service was not that special either, i think if you go to a restaurant that is packed with people then you are not going to get good service, serves me right i suppose LOL
Great little place if you like shish kebap, the only trouble is, why oh why does every restaurant in Turkey serve there meals with rice and chips LOL, after 2 weeks of dining out i was really pis*ed off with chips and rice
Seems a bit strange eating chiniese food in Turkey, but we fancied a change and really it wasn't bad at all, nothing like a real chiniese restaurant though i may add, but it was filling
Favorite Dish: Try the spring rolls, and the chicken curry
The selection of restaurants listed from this point on are restaurants we saw in Alanya but not tried, i did however try to pick out the best ones and in my opinion looked the best for quality
Food from local shops is very different to that of the UK, there are no Supermarkets except one called Afra, which is like a very small Tesco selling basic items only. The only brands we found that we recognised in Turkey was Coke, Fanta (which tastes a lot different to that of the stuff bought in the UK), Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat, Mars, Nivea, Puiz Buin, BP Petrol, weird Haribo, Carte D'or, Magnum, Carlesburg, Malibu, Smurnoff, Archers. Everything else is Turkish brands and written in Turkish. Was hard to guess what some products were - we accidently bought tomato soup thinking it was pasta sauce as it was situated right next to the pasta in the shop!
Branded items are quite expensive in lira and work out more than you would pay in the UK, as they are imported. A malibu and coke in a bar for example can cost around 14 YTL, nearly £5! Thats a rip off, in Wetherspoons (UK) it costs £1.40! Beer is your best bet - the National Beer is Efes, costing 2 YTL (66p) a can in local shops, is usually around 3.50 YTL (£1.15) in restaurants and 8 YTL (£2.70) in nightclubs!
We mainly survived on loaves of bread with cream cheese, salami, cheese slices, lettuce and crisps for lunch. We didn't trust the meat - and there is hardly any pre packaged meat - no ham, corned beef, tins of tuna, baked beans etc! For breakfast we ate fruit from the shops (some is extremely mouldy so you have to pick out the best yourself) until we discovered cereal! They did have the equivilent of Corn Flakes, Coco Pops and Cheerios in Turkish, but due to the regular Powercuts experienced on the first few nights in Alanya, the milk had gone sour! We were gutted, but bought some more which tasted alright (not as good as Kelloggs or Nestle though!)
Favorite Dish: We drunk loads of different kinds of fruit juices - our particular favourite was 'Apple and Kiwi' or Nektar (orange, lemon, lime, peach, apple, pineapple mixed as one). It is so cheap to UK prices, each 1 litre carton costing 2.50 YTL (around 85p). It tastes fantastic mixed with Bazooka Vodka costing 18 YTL (£6) for a litre bottle! We bought loads of this as it was cheaper than keep buying cocktails from the bars (each one costs around 16 YTL - £5.30).
For dinner we ate pasta, chilli con carne (using burger meat!), homemade chips from potatoes (they don't have chips!). We bought supplies for the Supermarkets which are more like little corner shops we would have in the UK. They don't have tills to pay at - its just a drawer to put the money in and they add everything up on a calculator and show you the price. We were weary of this as they could be overcharging us deliberatly - so keep a tab on how much you are roughly spending.
We found one supermarket where the owner had a computerised system much like the UK and had the prices written in £, $, YTL and Euro. It was more professional and many of his products were kept in chiller cabinets to keep them fresh, unlike many of the stores. Also he didn't pester us and follow us all around the shop. We shopped there most of the time and he was very polite and courteous. I would recommend this shop - called the Semiz Supermarket. Top man!
This restaurant is down in the harbour of Alanya and was always really busy so the food must have been ok i suppose, its always a good sign to see a restaurant full up, i notest they even do a free pick up service as well
Favorite Dish: PHOTO WILL FOLLOW