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    A'laturca: Goreme's finest

    by Tijavi Written Nov 18, 2007

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    Look at that calamari

    A'laturca basks in glowing praises from the New York Times (from where I learned about this restaurant even before making plans to visit Goreme) and guidebooks, the former gloriously framed and displayed up front at the maitre d's podium Such was the popularity of the restaurant that reservations are necesary during major holidays and the peak summer season. I had to be politely refused the first time I went there - not their fault; the restaurant was packed.

    So I made it to A'laturca two nights later. Was it worth the hype?

    The food is superb in presentation and taste. For starters, I ordered grilled calamari and the presentation came as a pleasant surprise, expecting skewers neatly arranged on a dull white plate (see picture of calamari). Notwithstanding Goreme is located hundreds of miles inland, the calamari was fresh - and grilled to perfection, careful not to overcook the tender meat. For mains, I had grilled thin beef slices - which were tender and done as perfectly as the calamari, although the waiter was perhaps too eager to please that he served the beef only a few minutes after the calamari. By the time I had space for it, the beef was already cold, so I had to request them to reheat.

    And the wine? I had local wine, which was not bad, although I'm not particularly fond of Turkish wine. The dessert, rice pudding, was scrumptious.

    If you have one opportunity to splurge in Goreme, this is the place to do it.

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    Dibek: Authentic village cooking

    by Tijavi Written Nov 24, 2007

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    Kurufasulye with homemade wine
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    Housed in a restored village house, Dibek is where you go for authentic village cooking. It is the only restaurant in Goreme that requires advance orders for very famous testi kebap (meat and vegetables in a sealed terracota claypot that is broken during serving) that requires three hours of slow cooking in an oven.

    Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to try this local speciality. But what I had - kurufasulye (white beans with sundried lamb and tomato sauce) - was good. Their locally-produced house wine was surprisingly not bad, and the dessert, apricots cooked in syrup was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

    Ambiance is homey, made comfortable by thick cushions around brass tables. Highly recommended.

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    Tardelli: Skip this tourist trap

    by Tijavi Updated Nov 24, 2007

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    This meal cost USD20!!!

    I don't know whether to put this under tourist trap or restaurants, but one thing is sure - my experience with this restaurant was not so pleasant. Not only were the portions small - a serving of beef sisli (barbecue) consists of six teeny-weeny bits with two spoons of rice pilaf on the side for about USD18!- but also the staff were too enthusiastic in please new guests at the expense of existing ones.

    I was asked to move to a less desirable location in the middle of my meal when two guests came in - and it was clear there were enough seats for everybody! Just looked the waiter and smiled and went back to the beef morsels (yes, they were morsels!) on my plate dying to be gobbled up.

    Not too happy with this restaurant - a complete rip off.

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    Eating by the river

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    After walking in Ihlara Valley it is nice to sit down at one of the restaurants by the river. I had a chicken-dish served on a hot iron plate (had the same at Shoestring one evening). The rice lies like a cupole in the middle with a chicken and tomatoe mix around in a circle. It is very delisious.
    After the lunch we had watermelon, which at this season often is served after meals.
    I don't know the price as the lunch was included in the price for the Ihlara tour. But the coke was 2 000 000 TL.

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    The Cafe Bondide: Cheap Eats and Drinks in Goreme

    by Paul2001 Written Dec 7, 2004

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    The Cafe Bonfide is in the foreground

    My Lonely Planet guide sort of dissed this place but I found it sort of pleasant. Regardless of what the guidebook said, there were lots of people here and that is why I thought I would give it a try. The food was good and cheap. Even better so the beer. Therefore I sat here for awhile and watched the owners dog chase stray cats away from the tables. There is also a great view of Roma Kalesi directly in front of the restaurant.

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    meeting point cafe: excellent food and service

    by cachaseiro Written Sep 19, 2007

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    cosy little place.
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    the meeting point cafe is one of my favorite places to eat in goreme even if the place does not serve any alcohol.
    the food there is always tasty and the service is very polite.
    these days i think that some waitiers are just a bit too much smart ass and it's nice to see a restaurant where formal politeness is still practised in it's best way.
    the place has a little terrace where you can enjoy the food while looking at the street scene.

    Favorite Dish: try their fresh fruit juices.
    they are a real treat.

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    silk road restaurant: pretty good food

    by cachaseiro Written Sep 19, 2007

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    iskender kebab from the silk road restaurant.
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    the silk road restaurant is a faily good local restaurant located near the meeting point.
    i have eaten there twice and both times the food was fine.
    it's a very cosy restaurant with comfy chairs and they have a good varied menu.

    the only minus is the waiters who at time behave a bit too much like i would expect a bartender to do after midnight.
    they could learn a little there from the meeting point cafe.

    apart from that i ahve no complaints at all though.

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    noname: Not far from the Goreme Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 25, 2008

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    In a restaurant of Goreme
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    It was our guide choice to have a dinner in this restaurant. It's good for groups which travel by bus.
    Though food wasn't very delicious but it took us only half an hour to have a substantial dinner and go on our excursion. Nothing to wish more in such a travel!
    I'll try to find the name and the address of this restaurant in Interenet, but now I haven't, sorry!

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    Goreme Restaurant: Wonderful Ottoman Ambience

    by illumina Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    I can't recommend the Goreme Restaurant highly enough! It might not be imaginatively named, but any disappointments end there. We ate there twice in the week we were in the area, and we emerged satisfied both times.

    There are tables outside if it's good weather, and another small area of tables as you walk through the door, but ignore both. Instead, kick off your shoes by the steps, and make your way to the long cushions and low tables where you can sit cross-legged or sprawl at your ease. The staff are all very friendly, and the food is very good indeed. There are specials, such as the delicious pottery kebab, which cost around 14-16 YTL, but there are also cheaper dishes for about 7-9YTL, and a few good vegetarian meals too.

    They have Efes beer, which I really like, and good Cappadocian red wine. You can round off your meal with a nargile too if you like!

    Favorite Dish: The stuffed bread, particularly Mandarli, is great, and the pottery kebab, which is meat and vegetables cooked in a clay pot which is broken at your table, is satisfying both visually and for the tastebuds!

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    Two cafes: For a rest while walking the valleys

    by murta Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Bear in mind: There are two cafes in the valleys around Goreme. One of them is in Kizilcukur (Red Valley), the other one nearby in Guldere (Rose Valley). Both are adjacent to a cave church. The Uzumlu Church (Church with Grapes) next to the cafe in Kizilcukur is highly recommended. I am including two photos of this cafe.

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    Orient Restaurant : you will love lamb chops !: yum yum : dare to spend more !

    by FAIRYCHIMNEY Written Nov 22, 2005

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    well well well....its me okey ! i can sleep in a cave , i can easily survive in the mountains over weeks without having shower or any other comfort. but i always say that food is important and my stomach is most important organ of mine.
    if you dont mind exceeding your holiday budget , and if your in goreme you must try this restaurant. actually , this place is not expensive but over avarage comparing to the other restaurants&cafes in goreme

    Favorite Dish: you can try chicken in pastry with spinach souce on the top , or if your a meat person go for HUGE pepper steak..i also recommend lamb chops(as whole) in the cassorole.they serve all dishes with different veggies,or baked patato, and grilled paprikas. an additional info : as i was one of the "paprica" victims when i first came to goreme please tell to the waiter that they make sure that they will not serve you "hot" paprika !
    And ,and they have varieties of wines from all around turkey and some foreign brands with reasonable prices !! for your kind info

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    Mercan Restaurant: Turkish food at reasonable prices

    by murta Written Apr 2, 2006

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    It has a terrace overlooking the main square of Goreme. The prices were reasonable but wine by the bottle wasn't cheap. So I bought a glass of it. The service was good. You can try here various meat dishes and Turkish mezes.

    Favorite Dish: I tried the lamb sticks and some mezes.

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    Cappadocia Kebap Center: Out of the crows

    by gmg61 Written Sep 26, 2010

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    Göreme is a nice place but with far too many tourists even out of the peak season.
    If you like a peaceful place, not packed with group tourists and backpacjers, try thiw quiet small restaurant with tables on the street.
    It's nice, calm and offers good turkish food.
    I tried the pottery kebab (sort of stewed kebab) and was satisfied.
    They also serve take away Kebaps.

    Favorite Dish: Pottery Kebab

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    Dibek Café: Have a traditional home cooked meal

    by albaaust Written Jul 10, 2008

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    We had a lovely meal at this restaurant. The restaurant is a very old inn and the owner, a young man who willingly showed us around. We had a traditional meal of lamb and beans. The homemade red wine was excellent!

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    Keleb: Great breakfasts

    by albaaust Written Jul 10, 2008

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    One of the breakfast tables

    The Kelebek breakfasts were fantastic..the best we had throughout Turkey. Homemade muesli, various dried fruits, cereals, yoghurt and cooked breakfast.

    The dinner at the Kelebek we heard was also good. Unfortunately, we went to other restaurants in the townsite.

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