After a day at Ephesus we wanted to get away from the crowd for dinner. Nearby Sirince Village promises to be back to its local life after dusk, so we winded our way up there. After covering the village we were drawn to Sirincem Restaurant by the tree-canopied garden. We were the first to arrive at about 7 pm, but we were made immediately comfortable by the quietly charming young host and owner, Ali. He's a Sirince native and he's got a natural gift for local hospitality. His friend Gökhan, who helped him host in French and English, and his staff did a great job tending to the patrons. When the evening started to get chilly he brought out blankets and wrapped them around everyone. When more patrons came and he was out of blankets, he went inside to get his own coats.
The food was excellent (we had a moussaka and lamb kebabs, along with a half-dozen mezze, some we've not seen elsewhere), and quite reasonably priced (two of us stuffed ourselves, and each had a glass of local fruit wine, and it came to around 60 turkish lira). A fun aspect of the place was being able to watch the activity on the street below from the garden as locals went about their business (tractor driver hanging out at the convenience store, teen knocking over his motorcycle, produce merchant delivering fruits, guy blowing out the fuse to convenience store and everyone getting involved in fixing it). After dinner we chatted up the hosts and got the lowdown on the history of the village. I would come here everyday if I were staying anywhere nearby. In fact, this place makes me wish I had a month every spring to come stay here.
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