Eating out in Fethiye: For us, this usually constitutes grabbing a quick kebab from Yengen or sitting down to eat a kuşbaşılı pide. If it’s within the budget, it’s good enough for us.
And the thing is with Turkey, when it comes to these traditional (and often cheaper) foods, it’s almost a victim of its own success. It’s difficult to beat a plate of midye dolma (stuffed mussels) or a balık ekmek (battered whiting in a crusty cob). But Fethiye is changing all the time. Restaurants are upping their game and new ones are appearing all the time as streets are pedestrianised and the harbour stretches out towards Çalış.
We’ve decided it’s about time we started sampling some of these restaurants. Obviously, it’s not going to be a daily event! A one-off treat every now and then. But on the occasions we do venture into the world of ‘restaurant eating’ we’re going to write about the happy event here.
A Meal @ Shaka Restaurant, Fethiye Harbour
Last week was one such one-off treat when we took ourselves off to Shaka restaurant for a meal. Two main meals, that’s all, but they were two main meals worth eating!
It all made for a perfect dip for the bread and we could have eaten much more of it…but then we wouldn’t have been able to eat our main meal.
Well, as we’re writing about it here, you’ve probably worked out that that was not the case. It was perfectly cooked. The filling oozed out over the fried potato slices and onto the plate, providing a perfect excuse to tear off a bit more of the bread to eat with the side salad and sauce. Oh, and you’ll be pleased to know the salad was dressed – this doesn’t happen everywhere in Fethiye, for some unknown reason…
My, how things have changed in Fethiye. A slab of steak is not traditional Turkish cuisine and, only a few years ago, if you did find a restaurant serving steak, even if it was ordered rare, the tenderiser had smashed it to a couple of millimetres thick and it was grilled till the texture and colour resembled cardboard.
No, that wasn’t the case here. The entrecôte, topped with grilled cherry tomatoes and pearl onions, was eaten with approval. The steak was served on a wooden board with vegetables and a side bowl of fries and onion rings – and while perfection would have been real chips, that’s purely a personal preference for us.
So, was our meal at Shaka worth splashing out on as a one-off treat? Yeah, ‘course it was.
Shaka Restaurant – Further Information
- Shaka is along Fethiye harbour. You can view it on our map of Fethiye.
- To keep up with any special events or menu changes, you can like Shaka on Facebook.
- We’ve forgotten exact prices for these two meals but they were between 30 and 35 TL per head. There are much cheaper options on the menu but we were splashing out for a change.
- Shaka is on our Fethiye Eating and Drinking page, along with many other eateries.
- And finally, evening winter lighting in good restaurants is designed for ambience rather than photography. We’ll do our best with the photos until such time as we can sit in the outdoor sunshine and take foodie shots in natural lighting and at our leisure.