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“Probably the world’s best barbecue restaurant.”
Review of Cinbal Restaurant

Cinbal Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 440 Restaurants in Fethiye
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $26
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Cinbal restaurant sabah kahvaltisi. Kuzu tanir .Kendin pisir kendin ye ve restaurant bari ile hizmet vermektedir.Ister kapali alanda.Isterseniz turk usulu masalarda(kosklerde) isterseniz yesilliklerin altinda oturabilirsiniz...
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Cinbal, pronounced jin-bal, is a restaurant in a class of its own; a meal here is so unlike the usual restaurant experience, that it should have a category all of its own.

The restaurant, which is family owned and run, is in the now famous ‘Ghost Village’ of Kayakoy, is but a short drive or dolmus (public mini bus) ride from Fethiye or Hisaronu and well worth the effort. Wander around the deserted village in the late afternoon and then head to Cimbal for a superb, simple meal in a garden, shaded by vines laden to breaking point with scrumptious grapes.

Most visitors praise the excellent barbecue and it really is the best I know but the highlight of the Cinbal culinary experience is another dish, which is what draws the locals to Cinbal. Usually eaten as part of the meze or starter course, it is called “Tandir” and is slow cooked lamb with herbs. The tradition in Turkey, was to make bread in a wood fired bread oven in the early morning, then when this task was completed, the ‘Tandir’, a casserole of lamb or mutton, was placed into the oven to cook slowly until it was served at the evening meal.

Cinbal is not just a summer barbecue treat, come back in the winter for the true atmosphere of a Turkish village. Very few tourists explore out of season and Kakakoy is a wonderful , lonely experience in the bright, crisp atmosphere of a winter’s morning, when one can absorb the history of this deserted community. Then, when you have sharpened your appetite, visit Cinbal. In this season, the tables are inside the barn like restaurant, there is a roaring fire at the centre and each table has its own barbecue with a chimney, which carries away the smoke. The atmosphere now is authentically Turkish, join in, have a glass of Raki, taken with ice and water and just sit back, soak up the ambiance and enjoy a superb meal in this unique eatery. It is so good, that I am tempted to keep it a secret.

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Thank Philip B
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

If you think you have been to a barbecue restaurant - you haven't until you have visited Cinbal. This is a unique expereince where high quality food is chosen by you to cook yourself on your own private barbecue. Take your seat at a table or try the Ottoman seating which is popular in the area but a very relaxing way to enjoy your food.

Thank Jeff F
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

Excellent food al fresco-style (including mangal [BBQ]) amidst citrus trees and rustic surroundings. You will not be disappointed.

Thank Dalaguete
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Great setting and atmosphere. Barbeque by the side of your table and all, and lots of meat. But we found that most of the meat lacked seasoning, so it was to our liking. Everyone else seemed to be enjoying it though (or maybe they ordered something else?). Anyway it was a nice evening, and the staff were very friendly.

Thank RolandDSilva
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

DIY BBQ, Choose your own starters and meats and sit back and relax under vines in traditional turkish Kiosk (tree house style dining). Take in the atmosphere within the Kayakoy valley. Very friendly helpful service. Once you have been you will want to return time after time. One of our favourite eating places in the area.

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Thank canalcreeper
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