Fethiye Restaurants – Every Town Needs A Mantı Evi. Fethiye Has Kardeşim Mantı

We’re showing some mantı appreciation in the Turkey’s For Life world, this weekend. On Friday, we reminded everyone on our Turkey’s For Life Facebook page about how much we enjoyed our Kayseri Mantısı in Ankara…probably our best mantı experience to date. In yesterday’s post, we posted our own mantı recipe because we like to try and recreate that Ankara experience at home. And today, well if you’re thinking you’d like to try mantı – or you already love the dish but are wondering where you can eat it in Fethiye – we’re going to tell you about this mantı evi, just by the entrance to Paspatur, Fethiye’s old town…

Eating In Fethiye – Kardeşim Mantı Evi

Kardeşim Mantı used to be along the coast road (Cahit Gündüz Caddesi) between Fethiye and Çalış but they have recently relocated to the centre. It’s not the sort of signage that jumps out at you, but it had caught our eye, and so, a couple of weeks ago, during a mantı craving, we decided to go and give it a try.

Kardeşim Mantı, Fethiye, Turkey

Kardeşim Mantı, Fethiye

Kardeşim Mantı is a chain of mantı evis that are dotted about various towns and cities in Turkey. Now, we don’t usually go for chains…but we like the decor in this place. We’re suckers for a bit of old-style tradition. It feels welcoming when you walk inside here – it feels like you’re going to enjoy your mantı.

So, we sat down and looked at the menu. It’s only a small menu – breakfast options, a couple of snacks…and then a range of mantı dishes. We opted for the sarmısaklı mantı (with garlic) and also ordered a glass of ayran each.

Eating In Fethiye - Side Dishes At Kardeşim Mantı Evi

Ayran and extras at Kardeşim Mantı

We weren’t expecting any extras, so it was a bonus when extras arrived – especially extras we’ve never seen or tried before. We were given bread, turşu (any eatery is always half way to winning us over if turşu – pickled vegetables – are placed on the table) and then a serving each of what you can see in the photo above. Inside the larger ramekin dish are small grapes that are on the cusp of becoming sultanas. Really interesting.

“Erik,” said the lady as she placed the smaller ramekin dishes on the table. Erik means plum in Turkish, and in this ramekin dish is a sweet, tangy plum paste of a type we’ve never seen before. A little bit spread on a chunk of bread though; yummy! That didn’t last long. We have no idea if it’s traditional to serve sides like this with mantı – as we said, we’ve never seen these dishes before – but we weren’t complaining! And then the mantı came…

Sarmısaklı Mantı at Kardeşim, Fethiye, Turkey

Sarmısaklı mantı at Kardeşim

It seems the fashion is to serve mantı on a rectangular plate. Must invest in some for when we make it at home so that we can look the part, too! Anyway, the Kardeşim mantı serving was a generous one – it made for a filling lunch, that’s for sure. The meat-filled parcels were plump – not too much oil – not too much yoghurt – mixed spices for sprinkling over the top – great!

We both tucked in and then Barry asked the question I was already pondering in my head. “As nice as the mantı we had in Ankara?” Hmmm, close, very close, but not quite. That’s still high praise for Kardeşim Mantı, though – because when mantı’s not good, it’s really not good. We’re happy Fethiye has a mantı evi where we can go and sit down, confident in the knowledge we’re going to have a satisfying mantı experience.

Kardeşim Mantı – Useful Information

  • Kardeşim Mantı is on Çarşı Caddesi in the centre of Fethiye, just by the entrance to Paspatur. You can see it centred here on our map of Fethiye.
  • We ordered sarmısaklı mantı (with garlic) and it cost us 12 TL each (2014). It’s not the cheapest mantı you’ll see – but it is very good; especially if you’re looking to eat out and try mantı for the first time.
  • For lots of other ideas for eating out in Fethiye, take a look at our Fethiye Eating & Drinking page.

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Comments

  1. Now you have me craving for a manti house, but there aren’t any around here. Unfortunately. Turkish eateries abroad still insist on making lasagne and pizza – the Italian way – instead of their own delicacies like manti and lahmacun.

  2. I’ve never heard of manti, but it sounds absolutely delicious. Pure comfort food. 🙂

  3. Your yummy manti post makes me feel so far from Turkey…must get back for a visit soon! Afiyet olsun!

  4. Kirsty Hill says

    Hi B&J
    Just looking at Google maps to get an idea of where this restaurant is, and its giving me a totally different address. Has it moved? Below is the address Google provide:
    Kardesim Manti
    Cahit Gündüz Cad. Dereli Apt. No:1
    Please help!

    • Hi Kirsty,

      Wow, we’re not doing too well with you here, are we. 🙂 Kardeşim Mantı Evi used to be at the address in your comment. Then they moved to where we said it was in our post. Kardeşim Mantı Evi is no longer there BUT we do have *some* good news for you in that another mantı evi has opened in its place; exactly the same location. 🙂

      We have a Fethiye restaurants and bars page (http://www.turkeysforlife.com/p/fethiye-eating-drinking.html) and if anywhere changes or closes, we delete it from that list. We are actually going through all our blog posts, too (it’s a long process), and either deleting them or updating them if the restaurant has changed. Hope it will be more helpful in the future… 🙂

      Thanks for your comments and questions, though. They’re very much appreciated! 🙂

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