Yesterday’s Fethiye photo was in support of that endangered species of Turkish restaurant food otherwise known as ‘real chips.’ At the end of the post, we said we would tell you which establishment was responsible for serving the golden hunks of loveliness that were the subject of the photo, and so, for today’s post, we’re going to tell you about Günışık Restaurant in Çalış.
As with many places in Turkey, the Çalış Beach area of Fethiye sees many a business come and go, but a few do manage to get themselves rooted and go on to live to tell the tale. It’s fair to say that Günışık is one of these businesses and is indeed a veteran member of the Çalış restaurant scene.
And so, why is it that people who holiday or live in Çalış keep coming back here time and again? As you can see in the photo, it’s not because of the cutting-edge interior design. And it’s certainly not because of the spellbinding views over the sea to watch the famous Çalış Beach sunset. No. Günışık is open-fronted but the views are of the road that leads to the beach. No sea views here.
But, if you want to eat here in the evenings throughout the summer season, book a table, otherwise you’re going to have a wait on your hands. This place gets packed with seasonal regulars in summer and, for us, what keeps us going back there is the no nonsense approach to food.
They do a good karışık dürüm (mixed meat and chicken döner kebab in a wrap – main photo) and their half-bread is very decent, too. Note the bowl of pickles (turşu) in the top right photo. Not too hot and an essential accompaniment, for us, to any döner kebab. As you saw in yesterday’s post, the people of Günışık also pride themselves on their homemade chips…but it’s not all kebabs and chips!
These photos are of what we just happened to be eating on the day. There are set menus here to suit all tastes but we have to admit that we’ve never tried any of the more international dishes. There’s loads of that in Çalış and so we come to Günışık for their tasty Turkish menu. Their fried liver and onions is a favourite for us – as is their saç kavurma (fried meat and vegetables served in a skillet).
And, as usual with most of the places we recommend on this blog, make sure you’re hungry when you come to Günışık. These guys are not shy with their portions.