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“Turkish Cooking Class” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Erenler Sofrasi

Erenler Sofrasi
Cumhuriyet Cad. Armutalan Sok. No:9/A Ortakent | Ortakent, Ortakent 48000, Turkey
532 248 2479
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Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Ortakent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $70
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our restaurant Erenler Sofrası serves delicous meals every evening in a beautiful Olive Garden. On most evenings live music performances add to the atmosphere.In our Turkish Cooking Classes we teach regional home cooking.In Bodrum in Turkey Cooking Classes that will bring variety to your home cooking.
Walnut Creek, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Turkish Cooking Class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This shore excursion from our cruise was like no other day off the boat. Our cooking class really started at the farmer's market where our chef identified the vegetables and provided additional information on many items such as the variety of goat cheese. We were able to sample a few items as well. Other items like dried fruit, bowls and bowls of olives, and filo dough were displayed beautifully along with radishes the size of softballs, and bags and bags of greens.
Our chef purchased a few items for our lunch.
Back at the restaurant and private home kitchen each of us had a cutting board and utensils to help prepare our lunch as directed by our chef. We learned a couple Turkish cooking secrets like putting an eggplant directly on a hot grill to cook, turning occasionally. Then run the eggplant under cold water to remove the skin; proceed with the recipe.
Our chef explained the recipes as we helped prepare our meal, and we learned the 'secret Turkish ingredients' before a short walk to the restaurant. We then sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labor along with some additional Turkish food to create a sumptuous meal in a beautiful setting. We especially enjoyed the focus on learning about Turkish cuisine and the lack of promotional selling that often typifies such classes. This was educational not a sales pitch.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
“Mystical meal in the middle of a Roman Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Overlooking Otakent in the Bodrum Penisula is the Yarbasan stone village. This is a Roman village built new six or seven years ago by a talented group of architects, archeologists, historians and fine Turkish craftsmen. Their object was to recreate a Roman village, each house individually created and gardened. In the midst of this village is a gracious patio with a fountain and a restaurant. Asli Mutlu, the chef, creates authentic Turkish meals to die for. To eat there under the stars is like eating within a Roman village of the first century. But the food is definitely very Turkish and beautifully presented. The starters alone will be enough for most North Americans. But do not miss the fish. We stayed ther for nine days and could not have appreciated a restaurant more. Great staff and a great chef.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Provence in Turkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Upon entering the compound you have the feeling to be in a small town in Provence. This very charming restaurant is in the middle of the compound and you feel in the middle "place" of a town. There is no carte but a fix menu changing everyday with a choice of main course.The food was delicious and the ambiance wonderful with live music. Would recommend this restaurant to all without hesitation.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“A great way to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

My teenage son and I signed up for this special excursion offered by our cruise line. We began our day at a local farmer's market where we were able to sample orange stuffed olives, local cheeses and cheese and spinach filled FILO cones. Afterward we went to Erlener Sofrasi, which looks like a resort from a high-priced architectural magazine. The kitchens (indoor and outdoor) that we worked in we're spacious and well-appointed. Our instructors, Asli and Angie, were very knowledgeable about Traditional Turkish cuisine and modern cooking techniques. They were great with older adults and teens. The food we prepared was heavy on fresh vegetables and light on meat and gluten--good to know for people on restricted diets. The food we prepared was delicious. Although we were given ample paper to take notes, I wish we had been given recipes for the dishes we prepared. They made us feel completely at home and invited us to use the infinity pools, so bring your bathing suit. The lunch we prepared was fantastic. It is hard for me to decide if the food or the conversation was better. For me, what made this the highlight of our trip was having the opportunity to learn about life in Turkey first-hand through the experience of preparing and sharing a meal. I plan on returning to stay there for a coupled of days next time we go back to Turkey.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hershey, PA, USA
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“Amazing Cooking School and Dining!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

This was the HIGHLIGHT of our family trip to Turkey. We spent the day with Asli and her family at the gorgeous Erenler Sofrasi Hotel and Cooking School. We are already planning a trip back so we can stay at this beautiful location perched high above Bodrum harbor. It is a quiet oasis tucked away from the crowds.

Our day started with Asli and another driver picking up our group of 6 at the El Vino Suites in Bodrum. We were driven to the local fresh produce market - the location changes depending on the day of the week. Great photos, amazing fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, and so many olive varieties! We got a quick lesson in the difference between all the types of olives.

After we shopped, we were taken to the hotel and cooking school, where we were so charmed by the top quality hotel and it's artistic appointments. This is a 5-star boutique hotel that has yet to be discovered by the mainstream. I almost hate to write a review because I don't want it to become over-run!

We prepared several traditional turkish dishes over the course of the next two hours. My 3 teens, husband, mother in law and myself all were involved in the preparations. Asli is a culinary expert as well as a saavy multi-lingual business woman and mom. The experience was such fun, and then we had a gorgeous meal - prepared by us with Asli's help - to finish off the day. Can't say enough about Erenler Sofrasi .. we will return!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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