We read about Papatya in the Lonely Planet guide and decided to give it a go. We were the only diners that night as there was a big thunder storm raging around the peninsula and numerous power cuts. The whole town seemed quite quiet but the official tourist season had ended so this may explain it.
No sooner had we ordered our food and wine then the town experienced a huge powercut. Our ever cheerful and optimistic waiter brought out the wine and some candles and we all enjoyed watching the storm on the terrace. The chef was working furiously behind the scenes by candle and torch light, preparing our food. He made us a lovely big salad and on the waiter's suggestion to us, some grilled almond and potato croquettes which were divine.
After about half an hour, the power was restored and shortly after that, our main course was served. We had some big, fat, juicy prawns and some sea bream, all of which were beautifully cooked. We were quite full after all of the food and the delicious white wine from Ankara but we did have room for a Turkish coffee which the waiter insisted on buying for us. It was very good coffee and nicely made. The waiter was brilliant and entertaining throughout the whole evening, even when faced with the powercut. He really made the atmosphere for us.
The restaurant itself is in a slightly more elevated position than some of the others around the waterfront so the views are beautiful yet it is nice and quiet. We sat outside on the beautiful terrace which was dripping with vines. It was idyllic.
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