Eating Out In Fethiye – Embracing A Little Culinary Variety In Çalış

Bombay Corner, Çalış

Poppadoms & Dips

While we are forever extolling the virtues of Turkish food and recipes on this blog (we even had a Turkish food and recipes week), there are odd occasions during our lives in Turkey that our bodies crave a little change. The UK is packed with Indian restaurants serving dishes that have been created to tempt the British palate – and, when we lived in the UK, we were tempted on a weekly basis. Whether it was a sit-down meal in a restaurant or a simple takeaway, we rarely missed a weekend treat…it gets addictive.

And then a few years ago, Indian restaurants started to open up in Çalış. We dismissed them. “We’re not going to Indian restaurants in Turkey,” we said, haughtily. “We only eat Turkish food in Turkey. And anyway, it won’t be the real deal.”

“Suit yourselves,” said our friends, and off they’d go to enjoy a night out at the Indian.

Years passed by (yes, we stubbornly held out for that long, safe in our knowledge that we were doing the right thing) until one night, mischief came over us and we sneaked into what was then the Shine Indian Restaurant. Everyone had told us how good it was but we knew best and we didn’t believe them. We ordered our meals, knowing we would be leaving the restaurant later on, chuntering under our breaths at how much money we’d just wasted on a meal we knew we wouldn’t enjoy…And then our meal arrived. Words, as well as food, were eaten on that night! What took us so long?

Shine eventually shunted itself along the road to the Çalış junction and became Bombay Corner, and every year, twice a year, we go there for an Indian meal treat. The ‘twice a year’ is May and October when my dad comes over to visit. It’s become a tradition; poppadoms and dips to start, interim onion bhajis for my dad and his friend, and then we all order the same main meals we always order. We’re creatures of habit, us Brits. Shamefully, we don’t even look at the menu when we go inside. As soon as Indian food is mentioned, our tastebuds know exactly what they want!

Chicken Jalfrezi At Bombay Corner, Çalış

Chicken jalfrezi (with extra sauce) and boiled rice

Every year, twice a year, I indulge in sticky, boiled rice, chicken jalfrezi and a shared garlic naan. Jalfrezi at Bombay Corner is not for the faint-hearted. It’s full of flavour and the chef is very keen on cooking with stacks of fresh chillies, many of which get thrown into the jalfrezi sauce. They’re long and thin and sliced down the middle – and they dare you to eat them. We always put in a valiant effort!

Unless you go for the reasonably-priced set menus advertised on the boards, the price of a meal at Bombay Corner can start to mount up, but as we said, we go here for a treat. We LOVE jalfrezi and the 6-monthly Bombay Corner jalfrezi fixes the pangs perfectly. And in between times, well, Barry does a pretty mean homemade jalfrezi – and Turkish food more than fills the rest of the gaps…along with the odd risotto…or burger…maybe even a crumpet…a varied diet is important, isn’t it?

Bombay Corner, Çalış – Update 2013

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Comments

  1. when i lived in toronto, i was so into indian food that i was checking onto having a tandoor sunk in my back yard. still to this day i think i might cook indian food better than any other cuisine. i actually am going to start making it a lot after the holidays. i was a vegetarian for 20 years and i am starting to miss it.

  2. @ Jaz: İ’m sure there’s something in the flavours that’s addictive. 😉 We’re happy once we’ve had our little fix but we do cook İndian food at home occasionally. Some Turkish dishes are actually quite similar.

  3. I tried Indian food once in America and did not enjoy it, however what you all had looks much better. Maybe because it was cooked in Turkey ;-)!

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