Restaurants: This chunk of coast is brims over with
restaurants. There are tantalising kebab houses.
Ottoman-style cafes. Fast food joints. Steak and
seafood palaces. Of course, the bigger the resort,
bigger the choice. In Antalya, Kemer and Side, can
surprise your palate with a different taste sensation
every day. Sizzling doner kebabs one night. A la
carte French. Manavgat is great for dining out too,
with restaurants serving fresh trout caught from the
very river they overlook. Regional specialities include
‘gozleme’ - scrumptious fried aubergines served with
cool yoghurt – and mussels stuffed with pine nuts.
And fresh fish and seafood are fixtures nearly
everywhere. Cue lemon-soaked calamari, tasty
octopus stews and succulent slabs of tuna
sprinkled with fresh parsley. Oh, and don’t miss out
on authentic ‘shish’ kebabs from a ‘kebapci’. Fresh
cubes of lamb, chicken or beef laced onto wooden
skewers and grilled over hot charcoals, they’re a
far cry from the Saturday night versions back home.
And one last tip. The top local beer is ‘Efes’. Served
icy cold, this light and refreshing lager really hits the
spot when the sun’s hot.