Last year we visited Demir's three times. We ate a lunch and two dinners, all of which were excellent. So, as our holiday was nearing an end, we chose it for a special treat.
For those that do not know, Demir's is located along the main boulevard towards the Icmeler end. It is a short way before the Hotel Marbella if walking from the Marmaris direction.
It has a very calm ambience and great views of the bay and islands. It also has one of the better sections of beach and a small jetty with sun beds.
Seating is plentiful and when we arrived we were given our choice of table. We were lucky to arrive when we did, as shortly after we ordered, a Turkish engagement party (about 40) started to arrive! For those that are interested, the bride-to-be was stunning and the groom very handsome.
We were in no hurry and had already decided what we would be eating.
Bobby had welcomed us like old friends, which I suppose in a way, we were. He brought the menu but we declined, asking instead for the wine list. We then found out that he did not have one as they only sell one bottle of each, red white and rose as the "house" wines.
So we dutifully ordered a bottle of the "house" red @ 35 lira. It came nicely presented in a wire basket. Bobby's second in command opened the bottle and poured a taster for Jean. She pronounced it "drinkable" and the large balloon glasses were filled half way. I should add that for Jean to think it was "drinkable" it has to be good. We let it rest for a while and then tasted it properly. It is always unfair to judge a wine by the first drop from the bottle before it has had time to breathe properly. This red was rich with hints of blackcurrant and strangely, hazelnut. It was in fact, eminently "drinkable"!
Bobby returned and we ordered the chateaubriand, medium rare.
We sat, sipped and watched the world go by as the sky darkened. Almost too soon our meal arrived.
A waiter, accompanied by Bobby, carried a large tray and set it down on an end serving table. Plates containing mashed potatoes, rice, chips and a melange of vegetables were set down before us. From a large stainless steel platter Bobby served grilled peppers and onions to our plates and then commenced to carve the steak. We could immediately see that it was cooked to perfection as a tiny amount of blood seeped on to the thick slice of bread below. Bobby carved the steak into 1 inch slices and served these with the bread onto our plates. I have never seen a chateaubriand served with bread but it soaked up the juices nicely. I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that this was in fact fried bread which was delicious!
The vegetables on the plate were broccoli, cauliflower, baby marrow and carrot. They were nicely cooked without being too soft. The grilled pepper and the onion were nice and the mash and rice lovely. The chips however were not just nice; they were fantastic, easily the best fresh chips we had in Marmaris. In fact we could not remember having such great fresh chips anywhere.
The meat was cooked perfectly to our taste and was "to die for" to quote a phrase. Tender, succulent and more than a fair portion! I have to say that I only just about managed to finish mine, whilst our hotel cats did well as Jean took about 1/3 of her portion back to them!
This was one of those meals that we will remember for a long time. Every aspect, from our table to the final bill was perfect. The ambiance was restful even with a 40 strong party going on behind us. The service was totally professional and attentive without being overbearing.
And so to the final reckoning:
Wine 35 lira
Chateaubriand 80 lira
Total 115 lira £40.20p
We thought that this was an excellent price for what was about 16 oz. of fillet steak plus all the trimmings plus a bottle of excellent wine.
Before we left we were also given a complementary liqueur.
Add to this the fact that there is no hassling to get you in and you have what we consider to be a perfect dining experience.
Once again we do not hesitate to recommend this excellent restaurant to all and sundry.
Peter & Jean. :o)