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“Great home cooking”

Topdeck Cave Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 104 Restaurants in Goreme
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Topdeck Cave is a family-run restaurant, situated in the family house on the ground floor in a cave which used to be a stable. The owner Mustafa prepares and serves the food himself, making you feel as part of his family. Simple menu changes daily, offering a wide variety of local appetizers (meze), a choice of one/two soups and four main courses. All ingredients are fresh, coming from local farmers. The open kitchen offers an opportunity to watch how food is being prepared.Open daily Monday to Sunday from 6 to 11 PM. Please note : Tuesdays Closed !
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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475 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
“Great home cooking”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Eat in a family house in a real cave tasting some of the best local food you will find. Very welcoming and friendly, reasonably priced and delicious food. The lamb shank slow cooked with orange zest was a real stand out. Book in advance as it gets full.

Visited September 2013
Thank savvy_dave
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We ate hear after both our books recommended it. We arrived early with no reservation and there was room for us as it was early (6pm). We were served by the uncle and daughter. We had two wedding soups and one dinner plate of mezzes between two people and it was plenty. There was also bread served.
Very nice particular the cream based mezzos. My favourite were the humus, yogurt dip, and a cheese creamed based one.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank michaltk
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San Diego, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cozy Cave”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We decided to walk to the restaurant and it took us longer than expected to find it. There are signs along the way directing you to the restaurant, but some signs aren't as noticeable as other nor are they in the direction you are walking. We walked up one path and continued going straight up since we didn't see another directional sign. After we crossed another path, I turned around and saw a sign for Topdeck with an arrow pointing to the right. Good thing I turned to look around! On to the review of the restaurant: Topdeck is a family run restaurant, very cozy environment, not too many tables. The main dishes are listed by the type of meats: Chicken, Lamb, Beef, etc. The meats are prepared differently each day and the day we went, Chicken = chicken wings, Lamb = lamb shank, Beef = meatballs. The waitress made some recommendations for us and we went with the mixed meze plate and the lamb shank. Both dishes were tasty and filling. Wish I had saved room for dessert. Be sure to make a reservation if you want to eat here. We were lucky to get a same day reservation, but making a reservation a few days in advance is recommended.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank jwong614
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Tokyo, Japan
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“If only waiters were mute”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Three elements determine the success of a restaurant: food of course, then ambiance, and service.
This restaurant offers excellent food in a nice setting. The lamb shank we had was delicious, perfectly cooked, I’d eat it again and again.
The problem is: service. Too many restaurant owners and/or managers around the world think that service can be improvised, as if it was something naturally present in human beings.
This is not the case. In this restaurant, we were attended by a) a teenager who, with annoying faked Californian accent (every statement becomes a question) would consider her duty to sit with customers, proffering exactly the same questions to each of them: where are you from? How did you guys meet? Etc. She didn’t even make the effort to formulate these questions in different ways, although customers could hear them repeated at the next table. We would have forgiven her violent pouring wine into glasses until they almost spilled over, not her kitsch, neocolonial attempt to make us tourists feel at home. You see: conversation is a pleasure. And it is a pleasure when you come across a waiter, or a cook, or whomever human being might be working in a restaurant, who takes time to exchange some words with customers. It is a rare pleasure: usually waiters and cooks are tired, and they concentrate on providing good food and good service instead of good conversation. That’s a correct priority. However, there is something worse than a silent waiter. There is the waiter who revels in small, very small talk, pretending that customers will not realize that it is just small talk, that it is just a cheap strategy to receive good comments on Tripadvisor. When human conversation becomes a marketing tactic, the result is grotesque.
The waiter (b) we were attended by was even worse. We are not talking about technical skills. OK, he snapped our bread away from the table well before we finished eating; he stared at us urging us to finish our meal. But that is not the problem. The problem is that he too felt compelled to chat with us, but all he could venture were racist comments on the color of our skin, as well as frankly nationalistic remarks on the superiority of Turkey over other countries.
This restaurant would be perfect if waiters were mute.

  • Visited October 2013
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6 Thank Massimo L
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
“Choose how you eat!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

The restaurant is inside and not like the name on top. It is cosy with a choice of sitting arrangements, either at a table or on the Turkish cushions and low table.
The owner sent us a sample of the soup to try which was delicious and then suggested ordering a selection of meats for us all to try which worked perfectly.
Service and food very good.

Visited August 2013
Thank Christine C
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