In October, my husband and I spent 12 days in Turkey with a stop in Datca, not a place to miss! We got lost on a side street and as Mr. Simsek, the owner, smiled and handed us a menu his friend. The menu was all in Turkish and as luck would have it, his friend Haluk from the UK and also Turkish,came to the rescue and interpreted the description of the dishes. If you are looking for genuine homestyle cooking with flavours that you only dream about, look no further!
A solid guarantee from Haluk, that we would not find better food anywhere in Turkey, we sat down at the little table outside and relied on his menu selections. With Aynur"s wife, Halit in the kitchen, we were in great hands. For starters we had Borek, hot little cigar tube pastries filled with cheese along with Dolmas and a spicy tomato sauce. Next came delicious kebabs, meat balls and Ezme a flavourful salad of finely chopped tomatos, onions and herbs. As we savoured the wonderful flavours, Halit the owner was attentive, ensuring we had water and enough wine to compliment the meal. Mrs. Simsek finished in the kitchen and sat with her knitting to oversee that all was well. Arriving home in Canada, it is a story we continue to share with our friends. The experience is about the wonderful sense of being part of a family who shares their hospitality and prepares delicious food from the heart. If you have the opportunity don't miss the chance to experience a visit to SEDA and although we did not stay at the Pensiyon it certainly would be something to check out. Thanks again, Aynur and Halit for your warm hospitality and say hello to your wonderful friend Haluk.