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“Spectacular Disappointment!”
Review of Mimoza

Mimoza
Ranked #333 of 479 Restaurants in Bodrum City
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 14, 2011

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. 

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5  Thank hittheroad75
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

The location, concept and decoration is great. However the fame of this restaurant spoiled the owner and the mentality of the management I believe because I am a good traveller and diner and this was the worst I have ever tried. It is a shame for such a opportunity and for those prices. We went there with reservation for our wedding anniversary all well dressed and kind as ever. When we arrived to the restaurant, we approached to the host and greeted and this horrible man didnt even look at our face and was discussing and cursing around just next to our faces. We waited like 5 minutes for him to finish and then he showed us our tables like showing where to sleep to a prisoner. The waiters are another story who didnt care and attend our table at all and were so rude. Ah also a cockroach passed through my arm and across our table which was a lovely experience. But let me tell you that the service was more horrible than the insect. Moreover I have to say I wasnt impressed with the food at all. And I am not even talking about the bill in the end. I was ok to pay expensive prices but in return at least I expected some respect and attention and service. The owner should wake up as soon as possible if he is willing to!!!

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2  Thank Zeynobb
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

only the service charges were 40 tl we just ate mezes 3 pcs ,octopus mussle and shrimp and frank just water we paid 190 tl , i have paid for 2 persons only,most incredible was they charged 20 tl for 1 portion baklava, place of gumusluk and restaurant is marvellous ,if heavy bill is No problem ,,

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1  Thank aaltaras
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

We were recommended to this restaurant by our hotel [Zemda] it's right at the end of the beach past all of the other restaurants. It's on the beach and looks wonderful, with lanterns hanging from everywhere even in the sea!!
The service is very good, the mezes are excellent, and the fish realy fresh.The best restaurant in the area by far. Prices are high.

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Thank csnlondon
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Reviewed November 7, 2009

Located in a quiete place, far away from all other fish restaurants in Gumusluk.
Execellent food and beautiful decoration. Unique atmosphere in the summer.
It is very popular and you definitely have to book !

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Thank AgnesbBodrum
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