Turkish Food

Traditional Turkish pancake oven at SaklikentStay in Kalkan, Turkey and enjoy the wonderful local food on offer at the many and varied restaurants. Turkish cuisine is famous throughout the world, and is considered one of the 3 pre-eminent cuisines alongside French and Chinese. There is an amazing variety of recipes and distinctive tastes. Turkey has the unique combination of geography, history and ecology, this reflects in the present culinary lifestyle and culture. It's said that Kalkan has the most restaurants per head than anywhere else in Turkey - it's easy to believe, and means there's something for everyone, for all tastes and budgets.

Mixed grill, Turkish stylePainstaking preparation of simple but fresh ingredients brings out the richness of their flavours in a way that never fails to delight. The range is enormous, from an array of soups to an astonishing variety of meze (traditional Turkish appetizers), followed by meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. All Turkish food is prepared from fresh ingredients, often grown organically or raised free-range. All this is seasoned with herbs and spices generally found locally - oregano, marjoram, and thyme grow wild in profusion on the hills along the Mediterranean coast. The country produces a wide variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and being surrounded by sea on three sides, the range of fish to be found is considerable and delicious.

Fresh seafood at Fethiye fish marketTurkey is located in a crossroad of different continents (Europe, Africa and Asia) and three different seas (the Black Sea, the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea). This immense country with its various landscapes, climate and fertile soil makes Turkey one of the few countries in the world that can feed its own population and supply the world with various food products. Kinik, five minutes from Kalkan (there's a local market there on a Friday, for fresh vegetables), is one of the largest tomato-growing regions; tomatoes in Kalkan are abundant, fresh and flavoursome. The influence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire has played an important role in Turkish cuisine. During the Ottoman Empire the Sultans and the supremacy employed more than thousands of kitchen staff and scores of chefs. In the huge palace kitchens, the kitchen staff had to fulfil the demands of the Sultan with their gastronomic highlights. Today, very friendly waiters advise and serve up culinary treats for all tastes.

Traditional Turkish pide, a bit like a pizza


Traditional Turkish food is wonderful and it is no surprise that visitors return to Turkey year after year.







Dried aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and herbsHarvesting olives from our private garden Iced coffee at Kalkan harbour restaurant TrioFresh pmegraniteBreakfast on the terrace