It's the weekend so it's time to switch the focus over to Turkish food once more. Last week was my birthday, so we decided to go out for a long lunch at Cafe Cafe in the centre of Fethiye.
We've written about Cafe Cafe a couple of times in the past. It featured in our cosy Fires of Fethiye post and we've also written about how the cafe marked a bit of a social shift in Fethiye, attracting bankers and office staff for working lunches. It was also a pioneer in serving speciality coffees (no nescoffee served here), sparking Fethiye's trend in 'coffee and cake' and waffles topped with ice cream.
Cafe Cafe - not just coffee and cake
So why do we go to Cafe Cafe? If you know us, you'll know we've not got a sweet tooth, and, while we do enjoy a good speciality coffee, it's not really something we make a special effort to go out for. Well, that's because there's also a full bar and the food is good. We were here for a full meal...far too much for lunch, but it was a birthday lunch, so that's allowed, isn't it? As is usual at lunchtime, the place was packed, so we headed through to the rear garden room and grabbed one of the last tables. Time to peruse the menu...
Each time we eat in Cafe Cafe, I've always ordered the seafood penne pasta. I was determined to order something different this time so, despite the menu and my brain chiding me with, "Order the seafood pasta, order the seafood pasta," I pretended not to hear them and went for the seafood casserole instead. Barry listened to his brain and menu and ordered the köfte, as he quite often does whenever we eat out.
Lunch is served
And you can probably tell from this photo that we didn't need an evening meal that night. That's why this post is called 'leisurely lunching.' We took our time over this one...
The casserole (güveç) was served with an accompaniment of potato wedges, nohutlu pilav (rice with chickpeas) and steamed vegetables. Enough for anyone's lunch, and then there's the güveç to eat with it...
March 2013 - seafood casserole is 21 TL
And here's a typical Turkish güveç. Served sizzling in a clay pot and often topped with kaşar cheese, as this seafood one was in Cafe Cafe. Roughly chopped mushrooms and peppers complemented the shrimps, calamari rings and mussels, perfectly. And, while we were waiting for our food to be served, the cafe filled with the seafood aromas from the güveç. Oh, I was ready for this when it came out! I had to spoon some onto my plate because it was so hot.
March 2013 - köfte is 14 TL.
Cafe Cafe - Useful Info:
As for the köfte, presentation like this is only worth the effort if the food lives up to the look of the plate. Well, Cafe Cafe's köfte is homemade, generously sized and well cooked. Four large köfte separated by charred green and red peppers. Grilled tomato, mushroom and onion completed the vegetable accompaniments and then there were the potato wedges and pilav in addition.
Cafe Cafe's rear garden roomIt's a long time since we've eaten at Cafe Cafe and it was a happy return. There's always the worry that the food won't be as good as you remember but certainly for the köfte and the seafood casserole, we didn't need to worry at all. We're looking forward to eating there again, which will no doubt be quite soon as friends from the UK start to descend on Fethiye for summer. Of course, we'll be in Cafe Cafe before that; it's our weekend pre-Deep Blue stop off!
Cafe Cafe - Useful Info:
- Cafe Cafe is on Çarşı 95 Sokak in the centre of Fethiye. (View location on our map)
- It's open daily until around midnight in summer (sometimes earlier in winter, depending when the last customer leaves)
- The cafe serves Segafredo coffee and has a full coffee menu, including iced coffees, and a full bar.
- As well as cakes, waffles and traditional Turkish dishes, there are international dishes, sandwiches, salads and pastas available. It's a mid-priced place - not cheap lokanta prices but not restaurant prices, either.
- Cafe Cafe is on our Fethiye Eating and Drinking page.