We had an excellent dinner on the outdoor patio at Wallabie's. The location grabbed our attention... the restaurant has outdoor tables, set up on a platform overlooking a quaint street lined with shops and other outdoor restaurants. The platform is next to a fountain, with a view of the ruins of the ancient aqueduct. The aqueduct is topped with several stork's nests, although the birds had already left for the season during our mid-September visit.
The host/server who seated us was very friendly. Three of us were dining, and he explained several dishes to us. I had a glass of the house red wine, which was very good, and reasonably priced. I ordered a traditional chicken kebap (kabob in the U.S.) and it was absolutely delicious. My friends enjoyed their meals also, although I don't remember exactly what they ordered, because we had so many good meals in Turkey. The chef, Chef Jeff, came out to talk to us and told us a little bit about how a restaurant in a small town in Turkey ended up with an Australian name. The restaurant is connected to a small hotel, named Wallabie hotel. Everyone was extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. There was a small sign on the side of the building that said the restaurant had been rated #2 in Selcuk on "Tirp Adviser." Chef Jeff told us that was a recent improvement, and that he is currently gunning for #1. We ate at the #1 rated place the following night, and although the food may have been a half-notch better, the atmosphere, service and genuine friendliness at Wallabies made it my favorite of the two.
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