Two weeks in beautiful Crete in full October sunshine with temperatures soaring to the 30's was a welcome escape from the dreary rains of Northern Europe and so too was the stunning Byzantine inspired food at The Well of the Turk. What could be better than to forget the economic miseries rained upon us recently with mouthfuls of colourful, delicious food shared with friends .... each plateful a holiday In itself, alive with texture and favour. I've eaten here before and the menu with all the favorites still firmly available (please keep it so) appears to have more mezze to choose from along with daily dish(es) chosen from market fare with an eye to offering something special at a great price - something new to help eek those pennies out? We kicked off with a selection of mezze and followed with salads and a few more substantial plates. Silky hummus & smoky babaghanoush scooped up with toasted pita, lahmacun with its savory/sweet, spicy lamb topping was delicious with a dollop of natural yoghurt , chicken pieces in filo (cigars) were gently spiced and moreish as were the aubergine meatballs and vegetarian moussaka. The salads were a burst of flavor and colour - the avocado & orange fresh and tasty while the beetroot salad offered chunks of this wonderful purple pink vegetable married with fresh leaves and herbs in a tangy dressing : sublime and healthy too! Slow cooked lamb tagine with a side of couscous was rich and tender, the shish kebab was truly beautiful to look at but even better to taste. One of the newer dishes we tried was a courtette tart made with feta and other local cheeses, served in a really crisp and flaky shell it was both light but bursting with subtle flavours. Every dish showed the same care and attention to detail. There's a new side garden with pretty twinkling lights which is just as well as the local council in their wisdom were busy digging up the lane in front of the restaurant (why now and not after the season's ended?!) however, with the promise to replace the old surface with pretty stone, benches and flowers next year this restaurant should be more atmospheric than ever. We lingered long and ended our evening with complimentary desserts flavoured with orange or rose water rendolent of another world .... and raki too, the local digestive. Delicious!
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