The tiny village of Islamlar is nestled in the mountains just a short drive to the north from the popular coastal town of Kalkan, Turkey. Despite its small size, Islamlar boasts a large number of excellent eateries for visitors to try. Here are some of the top restaurants in Islamlar that foodies are sure to love.
This charming restaurant is a recent addition to Islamlar’s dining scene. Uzum Bistro specialises in a range of traditional Turkish dishes served in a cozy setting. Uzum Bistro offers diners excellent sea views that provide the perfect backdrop to the dishes, which include starters such as fried halloumi with stuffed peppers, chicken and lamb stir fry and a range of delicious desserts. This is one establishment where diners will want to linger as they soak up the atmosphere. The portions at Uzum Bistro are fairly large and the restaurant’s friendly waiters are always ready to make menu suggestions to help people who are new to Turkish cuisine find their way.
Bodamya Tepe Restaurant
The garden setting of the Bodamya Tepe Restaurant is particularly enchanting and diners can enjoy the sound of the gurgling mountain stream as they dine in style. Sitting under the shade of the trees in this garden is a really relaxing experience and this is the perfect setting for a relaxing lunch or a romantic evening meal with someone special. Bodamya Tepe Restaurant is famous for its freshwater trout, which is cooked to order and prepared in a range of different ways. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and is a great place to pause before exploring Islamlar. A glass or two of locally produced wine makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal here, while the restaurant is also famous for its traditional Turkish coffee.
Pinarbasi Terrace Restaurant
The excellent food that this charming restaurant serves combined with the stunning setting make the Pinarbasi Terrace Restaurant a popular choice among both visitors to Islamlar and local people. Diners will want to linger over their meals so that they have plenty of time to gaze out over the gauge and mountains while sampling a whole host of tasty treats. The meze selection at Pinarbasi Terrace Restaurant is particularly impressive and all of the ingredients that are used to create the dishes that are served at the restaurant come from the onsite garden. The trout is caught daily from the restaurant’s trout pond, meaning that this probably the freshest fish diners will ever eat. The portions at Pinarbasi Terrace Restaurant are large, while the menu is reasonably priced, meaning that visitors can really dine in style without breaking the bank.
This restaurant is so good that many people in the know make the journey to Islamlar from Kalkan simply to dine there. Although this restaurant can be a little hard to find, it is worth taking the time and trouble to track Ciftlik down. People travel here from all over Turkey and beyond simply to try the restaurant’s trout, which is taken straight from the water and cooked to order. The fish is served with vegetables that are taken from the restaurant’s large garden and diners can also secure a seat in the garden to enjoy enchanting views while they eat. One of the things that makes Ciftlik truly special is the family that runs the restaurants. Diners are sure to receive a warm welcome no matter how busy the staff are, while all of the food that is served is prepared from scratch and includes fresh mixed salads with olives and cheese, homemade chips and delicious dessert.
This restaurant has become an institution in Islamlar and is very popular with local people who are looking for somewhere to dine in style. Husseyn’s Place offers delicious meze served in a stunning setting. One of the things that makes this restaurant truly special is the sauces that are served with each dish. Portions are also very large and reasonably priced and the family feeling that is provided by the family team that runs and works in the restaurant make the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Diners who stop by at Husseyn’s Place for lunch are sure to return later in the evening to enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh water trout while gazing at the mountains.