Being familiar with Gumusluk over the years, I was aware of the propensity of the waterfront fish restaurants of this charming village to overcharge however was more than willing to pay top dollar for a special night out. That said, despite the glorious surroundings and good food it left a sour taste in our mouths.
Mimoza is the last restaurant on the harbour-front side of Gumusluk and is somewhat separated from the more common terraced fish restaurants. Tables are practically on the water, and the beautiful hanging gourd lights over the water and restuarant make for a spectacular sight as you round the last corner of the beach and Mimoza reveals itself.
Understandably for this time of year, all tables were full and there was a great atmosphere. As we had no reservation, we were asked to return in an hour which we had no problem with. Upon our return, there were a series of table mixups, (we had been promised water-side), which were eventually resolved and we were seated at a lovely table where the waves were lapping at our toes.
After ordering from the orally-presented wine list (no chance to check prices), a waiter arrived and displayed a large tray of various "mezze" small plates for the starter. Aware of the potential cost, we asked the price of the plates, the waiter wrote down 15 YTL each, giving the impression they all cost this price. However the calamari and the grilled octopus that we decided upon, turned out to be 30 and 35 each. It was uncomfortable to need to ask, despite this, it was a tasty starter.
One of the quaint aspects of this restaurant, is that they don't have a menu and they escort you to the grand marble fish display, which we were disappointed to find completely empty as all the fish had been packed away for the evening. Somewhat at a loss, the waiter asked us what fish we wanted, to which we replied "what fish do you have? (still in the absence of a menu or price list). He reluctantly opened a locked crate of fish packed in ice and threw a few specimens on the counter for us to chose from. The sea bass looked good and when we enquired again about the price, he reluctantly put it on a scale with no display and came up with the very "round" price of 100 YTL. At this stage, we just wanted to eat and leave so we agreed to it. In fairness, the grilled fish was delicious however it does include any sides which we recommend you ask for in advance.
One free morsel of Baclava later for desert, and my companion and I were placing bets on the final sum of the bill as we had little information to go on. The eventual 300 YTL (€120) total exceeded both of our worse case estimates considering we opted for the house wine! Expensive by our own London standards, here in Turkey, we consider it extortionate, especially in the secretive manner in which the pricing is handled.
Overall, it was a frustrating and disappointing experience not helped by the inattentive service (having to re-use the same plates from starter to main course). Having asked us to return at a later hour, one might have expected a willingness to cater for us, however they clearly demonstrated a lack of interest in this regard which indicates, to us at least, that their greediness for profit has overtaken any desire to please their customers.