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The cooking of our lunch - traditional pancakes - was done on an open fire just next to where we were sitting in the restaurant.

The cooking of our lunch – traditional pancakes – was done on an open fire just next to where we were sitting in the restaurant.

The outside of the restaurant when approaching from where the Taxi Boat dropped us off.

The outside of the restaurant when approaching from where the Taxi Boat dropped us off.

Last summer we did a little last minute budget trip to Turkey. We didn’t really know where we were going, just booked the trip and went for it. We did however make sure we had a guide of the the region and did a bit of reading up on things before we got there. We were staying in a town called Marmaris – and judging from the museum it used to be a lovely little fishing village before it was hit by tourism. It now appears to be flooded mostly British, but also a lot of Scandinavians and Russians looking for hot weather, but with their own “culture and cuisine” imported with them. By going around exploring the back streets, and choosing carefully which restaurants didn’t offer “Full English Breakfast” we did however find some small gems of excellent restaurants. We also found the restaurant featured in this post in a small village outside of Marmaris (30mins by Taxi Boat) called Turunç. We happened upon it by chance as we were just wandering about the streets and roads around the centre. We were a bit hungry and thirsty and in the midst of their siesta wondered if we could sit down for a little quick bite to eat. They were very welcoming, although I think they were probably closed for the siesta. We had some traditional pancakes which the prepared on an open fire in the restaurant. It was very lovely and a welcoming break for our feet after walking about for hours in the heat. Quite funny as well was that after we’ve finished eating and felt rested we wanted to continue our exploration of the town, we had the task of carefully waking up someone so we could pay the bill – they’ve all fallen asleep in the front room around the television for their siesta snooze.

If you find yourself in Turunç I would definitely recommend this little family restaurant – it’s a little hidden gem.

Map showing the position of the "Yunus Cafe"

Map showing the position of the “Yunus Cafe”

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