We spent 6 days in Goreme, lodging at the Sultan Cave Suites (separate review). Because we are older and this was my celebration trip for being cancer free, we ate at this on site restaurant every night (saved me from walking in the dark) and once for lunch. This gives me a special perspective on the value of Seten Anatolian Restaurant. We tried most of the items on the menu between the two of us, and not one dish disappointed. Because we were staying at the hotel, we received a 10% discount at the restaurant, and if you are a budget traveler the normal prices are not inexpensive. But, do go there for at least one meal as a special treat.
The service is WONDERFUL and because we were there so frequently, we observed the attention and professionalism given to many diners. We even saw a group of hikers who had not changed for dinner being treated beautifully when they complained that there was no pizza on the menu. This would be like going to a very special restaurant in the states and complaining because you could not order a hot dog with chili ( which I love, but come on).
Atmosphere is just lovely, with numerous dining rooms, each special. The fireplace was really appreciated on one rainy chilly night. And there are many ancient pots and authentic decorative items adding to the warm impression.
I was able to try stuffed pumpkin blossoms for the first time - wonderful and light. And of all the dishes, my absolute favorite was one of the most simple: bamya, a stew of beef and okra in a heavenly perfect broth. For those of you you who think okra is always slimy, this dish will be a revelation. My husband enjoyed the locally produced wine while I appreciated the hot tea.
I am allergic to the protein in cow's milk, but can enjoy other dairy products. Knowing this, on our last evening the staff presented us with a gift of the desert assortment and included on that was the very unique goat milk ice cream made in Turkey. This was the first time I have had any ice cream in over 20 years and this stuff is amazing. It does not melt like normal ice cream and had a silky texture - the tuber of an orchid is used as a binding starch. If you are anywhere in Turkey you must try this very unique ice cream, DONDURMA.
I cannot imagine what caused the negative reviews by a few, but our experience was perfect and I do not hesitate to recommend this restaurant.
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