Turkish Breakfast In Kayaköy

Over the last couple of years or so, there has a been a growing trend in the Fethiye area and the growth is showing no signs of abating. In fact, it seems to be picking up speed and the local restaurants are taking full advantage. Walk along Fethiye harbour late morning, early afternoon on any given Sunday and you’ll be hard pushed to find a seat at any of the restaurants as families and friends get together to while away a few hours over the new fashion that is the village Turkish breakfast (Köy Kahvaltası).

Obviously, the Turkish breakfast has been around for many a year, decade, century. It’s the going out to a restaurant for breakfast that seems to be taking Fethiye by storm. Not to be left out of all the fun, we’re fully enjoying being fashion victims by joining our Turkish friends to eat far too much and be full for the rest of the day.

Yalçın Restaurant, Kayaköy

Yalçın Restaurant, Kayaköy

So, which ingredients make up a Turkish breakfast? Well, if we’re keeping it simple; fresh bread, cheese, jam, honey, olives, egg, tomato, cucumber. However, the Fethiye restaurants have to find ways of tempting the breakfast-eating masses into their place and it appears they’re doing this by advertising how many different choices they offer. It’s becoming quite comical…

One restaurant will put out a huge banner, reading, ‘Köy Kahvaltısı – 15 Çeşit’ which basically translates as ‘We’re serving Turkish breakfast and we’ve got 15 different types of food that make up our breakfast.’ Not to be outdone, the restaurant next door will hang out their breakfast banner: ‘Köy Kahvaltısı – 50 Çeşit.’ Surely, that must include the salt and pepper and the sugar for your tea?

At the moment, amongst our Turkish friends, the current favourite Sunday-afternoon-Turkish-breakfast-munching restaurant is Yalçın Kebab in Kayaköy. Who are we to argue? A few of us spent around 4 hours there on Thursday (well, who said you can only go out for breakfast on Sundays?) and well, the Turkish breakfast should maybe change its name the Turkish breakfast banquet.

So, what was on the menu at Yalçın on Thursday? This feast of yumminess was served to 8 people:

Turkish Breakfast in Kayaköy

Turkish breakfast ingredients slowly fill the table in Kayaköy

We ate home made butter, super spicy antep ezmesi, sliced cucumber, green and black olives, strong tülüm cheese topped with walnuts (think parmesan), mild kaşar cheese…

Turkish Breakfast in Kayaköy

A colourful feast in Kayaköy

…spicy green peppers, tomatoes, sigara böreği (cheese rolls), spiced tülüm cheese, strawberry jam, blackcurrant jam, rose jam, honey, sucuk and fried eggs, fresh, crispy, green salad…

Turkish Breakfast in Kayaköy

And that makes up the Turkish breakfast in Kayaköy

…white cheese (think feta), chilli and thyme olive oil dip, salami and a mountain of fresh bread and hot toast. And, not content with the feast before our eyes, one friend disappeared inside for a sharp knife. She took a few of the walnuts and chopped them into a bowl. Then she added some of the honey and butter and mixed it all up (see top, right photo). We were instructed to eat this spread on hot toast. It was rich!

Çay - Turkish Tea

Turkish tea being served

Well, we are in Turkey. Our full-to-the-top, grumbling bodies were soothed with unlimited glasses of hot çay (Turkish tea.)

As you can imagine, going out for Turkish breakfast is not something you do when you are in a rush! It’s a day out. Some restaurants deliver all the plates to your table whilst others offer a buffet service. We’ve decided we’re going to make it a mission to sample as many of the Turkish breakfasts of Fethiye as we can…and of course, we’ll keep you posted on our progress!

We’ve eaten breakfast at Yalçın a few times now and the breakfast table has never twice looked the same – so if you do go, don’t be surprised if your breakfast doesn’t resemble these photos exactly.

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  1. What an incredible breakfast spread! Healthy too. I love the idea of cheese rolls…and would love some tea!

  2. Oh wow, I could eat that every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  3. Cheese rolls are amazing, Belinda. Everyone I know, loves them.
    The Turkish breakfast is fabulously healthy – the problem is, we eat so much of it with fresh crusty bread – mmmm, lots of extra calories. 🙂

  4. What?

    No Simit?



  5. @ Andrea: It is an all-day thing. In fact, I’m not sure I could face all of this food at the supposed breakfast time!

    @ Anonymous: Yes, some fresh simit would be nice. It doesn’t seem to be very big in these parts. The only simits we get are the stale ones from the street stands. 🙂

  6. Breakfast is my favorite! My husband knows this place and has been telling about their breakfast for years. We haven’t had a chance to go there yet, but it is absolutely on our list. Everything on table looks so tempting! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. Turkish Breakfast is one of my very most favorite things about Turkey. And that was quite the spread. Our regular Sunday morning Turkish breakfast in our home is not quite so grand.

  8. @ Zerrin: We love breakfast, too. Wow, can’t believe your husband knows this place. Small world we live in. They do a pretty decent breakfast! 🙂

    @ Aaron: Yeah, we don’t go to quite so much effort either. Easier to go out to let someone else do it. 🙂

  9. That is not a breakfast, it is a feast! Imagine starting every morning with that much choice. I’d love it as brunch, not sure I can eat this much first thing in the morning! 🙂

  10. @ Corinne: Yeah, just a Sunday afternoon treat. It’s usually the afternoon when we do have one and it’s as much a day out with friends as a breakfast. You certainly don’t need to eat again for the rest of the day once you’ve had your fill.

  11. just browsing your blog and loving it! i think one of my favorite all time things is turkish breakfast!

  12. @[email protected]: Thanks a lot. In our opinion, you’ll be hard pushed to find any better looking meal on this blog than the Turkish breakfast. 😉

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