After an extremely HOT day touring the ruins of Ephesus, I couldn't bring myself to eat in another unair-conditioned kebap joint. I heard about this restaurant in the village of Sirince. It's a higher elevation than Ephesus, so we thought it might be a bit cooler. Sirince is straight up a mountain 10-15 minutes by car, and the weather was a nice reprieve from the scorching temperatures we'd endured during the day. We had such a pleasant breeze sitting in the shade, so much that I even wanted a sweater. Our table overlooked a peach orchard, and we had a nice view of the restored Ottoman-sytle houses in Sirince. Despite the occasional pack of dogs that we heard from a distance, the setting was quite serene. My mother-in-law at one point said to me, "I feel like I'm in Italy." She was referring to the village setting, cobblestone streets, orchards, and wine selection. The restaurant itself didn't have a distinct Turkish feel, even though the menu was almost excluslively Turkish cuisine. The food was good, but the cooler weather and atmosphere was even more splendid!
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