This post has been a long time coming. Way back when, in December 2009, we did post about walking from Fethiye to Kayaköy. At the end of the walk, we suggest you reward yourself with a traditional gözleme at Bülent’in Yeri (Bülent’s Place) and the plan was to write a blog post about Bülent’in Yeri at a later date. Well here we are, just over three years later, writing about the lovely Bülent’in Yeri…we get there, eventually!
A couple of weeks ago, we were out trekking with friends. Half of the group had walked from Fethiye but we decided we were only going to walk between Kayaköy and Ölü Deniz and so we arranged to meet up at Bülent’in Yeri. This is our staple meeting point in Kayaköy because it’s on the main road (as ‘main’ as the roads get in Kayaköy) so even people who don’t know the area can find it easily.
But Bülent’in Yeri is not just a convenient meeting point. It’s a Kayaköy institution; part of Kayaköy’s furniture. And, as new eateries and bars open up all around the village, this little place quietly ticks over in the same way it has done for many years.
There’s nothing posh about Bülent’in Yeri. You don’t come here to feel posh. You come here to feel comfortable (there are three Ottoman seating areas as well as the tables and chairs) and enjoy a quality gözleme. And if you don’t feel like gözleme, well, unless you feel like an omelette or a simple Turkish breakfast, you’re going to be disappointed. But you won’t be disappointed with the gözleme!
The menu is a simple, laminated piece of card. Multiple pages aren’t necessary here. Börek with various fillings, omelette, Turkish breakfast, real chips and also tahinli katmer (börek filled with tahini). For the thirsty, çay, coffee, a limited selection of soft drinks, ayran and you’ll also get an Efes Pilsen here, too – we’re not sure if there’s wine, but apart from that, that’s your lot.
We just keep going back because it’s like dropping into someone’s home. When we rolled up a couple of weeks back there was no one around so we assumed it was closed, but the door was unlocked. Bülent’s family live just behind the eating area so our Turkish friend walked round the back shouting, “Merhaba.” The lady who prepares the gözleme was just pegging out the washing and came through straight away to give us all a menu.
Don’t expect atmospheric music but do expect the television to be talking away to no one in particular in the background. And, if Bülent serves you, do expect a friendly, smiling face. He’s just got one of those faces that always looks contentedly happy. By the time we’d eaten our gözleme, there were quite a few customers in there enjoying the no-fuss-Bülent’in-Yeri-atmosphere.
Bülent’in Yeri, Kayaköy – Further Information
- Bülent’in Yeri is open daily, all year round
- We’ve put it in our Fethiye Cheap Eats category because there is nothing over 10TL on the menu.
- Bülent’in Yeri is on the main road that runs to Kayaköy from Hisarönü. It’s on the right hand side, opposite the entrance to Poseidon and the main church. There are views over the ruins from the cafe.
- And if you missed it, lest we be accused of misleading readers about our hiking exploits, here’s our post about why two of us didn’t trek at all that day, but still managed to enjoy winter sun in Ölü Deniz.