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“Not Gourmet Dining But Still Good Value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Merkez cafe

Merkez cafe
Hasan Altan Cad, Kalkan KTLC KY6 D1, Turkey
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Ranked #37 of 178 Restaurants in Kalkan
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Haddington, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“Not Gourmet Dining But Still Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

With its tables and chairs almost in the street this place will never win any Michelin rosettes but it is a buzzing, vibrant place serving up well cooked food at very reasonable prices. Tables are a bit cramped together which to some people might be a bit off putting but we found it added to the atmosphere. Service was good and efficient, which due to the numbers of diners was pretty impressive. Obviously very popular with the Brits as many of the customers seem to know the waiting staff. We enjoyed our meal and would not put anyone off from trying it. As already stated, it’s not glitzy but it does make for a reasonably inexpensive spot for lunch or dinner. Many people use it as a watering hole during the day taking the opportunity to quaff an ice cold Efes or whatever else takes their fancy.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Sheffield. UK
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Still Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Visited the Merkez almost every day of our mid October break.
Very friendly staff, varied menu which is well priced. Not Cordon Bleu but good wholesome well cooked food.
Probably the cheapest glass of Efes in Kalkan and the best Macaroons ever.
The staff are great.
Barry & Sarah

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gatley, Cheshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Still great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Visited Kalkan for 2 weeks from 26th September. Spent several lunchtimes 'people watching' from the Merkez. We just love the relaxed atmosphere and the friendly owners and staff. There is a good choice of food on the menu always served with a smile! Situated half way down to the harbour it is an ideal place to stop and rest and enjoy a nice drink and some good food. Been visiting Kalkan for years and always pay several visits to the Merkez.

Thanks everybody. See you next time.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Little jem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Lovely little place fabulous coconut macaroons, lovely chicken wraps & homemade chips. Although this is also a restaurant we only called in during the day for a nice coffee & cake or lunch

Visited October 2013
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Stopped by one afternoon for a drink and was really impressed, had been here for food years ago but somehow was never on our radar, very relaxing will come again next year for a lunch. Friendly staff and a good people watching place. Also wine very reasonable compared to some places.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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