After a tiring day wandering around Marmaris we decided to eat at the Revolution Restaurant at our hotel the Club Evin.
We sat down early and decided to try and make it an extended meal. To this end we thought we would order a bottle of wine and have a drink before ordering our food.
The main wine list is one provided by the "Kutman" winery and consequently only carries their wines. The list is short with only seven wines, four reds, two whites and a rose. However, the restaurant does carry other wines and will gladly show you a selection. We decided on a bottle of the Kutman Reserve Syrah. This turned out to be fruity and full bodied and, as we love the Shiraz wines, perfectly to our taste. At a price of 40 lira (£14) we thought it good value for money!
The wine was presented and expertly served by Alistair a young Scottish waiter who seems to be ever present in the restaurant and swimming pool areas.
After sipping a glass or so of this lovely wine we perused the menu. Alistair then told us that he would recommend the "Anatolian Special" a dish for two people. On the menu it tells the diner that the dish contains: "Sliced fillet with mushrooms, onion, garlic, green pepper, tomato and a special sauce" it also said that it was "Served on the hot flame"! It is a dish that is prepared for two people.
This was too good to resist so we ordered on Alistair's recommendation. We were told that this would be served with the usual trilogy of mash, rice and chips. I asked that, for me, it be served with extra mash instead of the chips.
Before the arrival of the meal we were served a complementary, small basket of soft bread and the usual three dips.
The timing was good as the dish along with its "hot flame" arrived as Alistair poured the last of the wine into our glasses.
The presentation was very good with the "scoops" of mash and rice placed around the edge of a large metal, slightly concave dish, with the meat etc. in the middle. This was placed on top of a burner.
Spotlessly clean plates were placed in front of us containing more rice, mash and in Jean's case FRESH chips. I emphasize the chips being fresh as we have been disappointed so often by being presented with frozen chips!
The meat and sauce were stirred over the flame for a minute to ensure they were evenly heated through then served onto our waiting plates.
As you would expect, but don't always get, the meat was tender. The vegetables had mostly melted away into the sauce with just the odd small piece of well-cooked onion, pepper and tomato remaining.
The sauce was a revelation in flavour. It was rich without being thick, tasty without being overwhelming and absolutely delicious! We both loved it and, even though it was a large portion, we managed to demolish it down to the bottom of the dish.
Jean had no room for a pudding but after a short rest I felt the need for something sweet. A quick look at the menu and I decided on the pancake with ice cream. I thought, erroneously as it turned out, that this would not be too big. Wrong! When it arrived it was huge! However it turned out to be a very light pancake filled with ice cream and topped with drizzles of chocolate and strawberry syrup.
This was a perfect finish to a magnificent meal.
But more was to come as we received complimentary cocktails. Mmmmm!
So, to recap the prices:
Wine 40 lira
Anatolian Special (for 2) 49.90 lira
Pancake with ice cream 7.90 lira
Total 101 lira £35.31
Jean and I felt that this was a lovely meal, cooked and served with skill. We can easily recommend this restaurant to anyone.
If you are staying at the Club Evin do not miss a chance to try this stunning dish.
If you are not staying at the hotel then come in and enjoy some great cooking.
Peter & Jean. :o)
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