In a town that is constantly growing, changing, evolving; where new eateries regularly appear on the scene, tempting foodies with designer interiors and increasingly innovative menus, we also fully appreciate – and perhaps rely upon – the comforting presence of places like Bülent’in Yeri…
Bülent’in Yeri, Kayaköy
Because, like barbecue restaurant, Cin Bal, Bülent’in Yeri is part of Kayaköy’s fabric. As long as we’ve known Turkey and Fethiye, Bülent’in Yeri has sat at the side of the road in Kayaköy. And it has barely changed one bit in all that time.
Okay, his sign has been updated once or twice. A bit of UPVC has entered the scene in the form of windows and ceiling cover…but that’s about it.
Sit at tables and chairs inside or lounge on the Ottoman seating – still undercover but in the fresh Kayaköy air.
Enjoy the geraniums and chilli plants that line the window ledges in their painted oil cans.
On Sundays, Bülent’in Yeri, along with many other eateries in the area will be packed with customers enjoying a traditional Turkish village breakfast or their famous gözleme.
Summer or winter, extra tables will be put out on the grassy area at the rear so that people can enjoy the outdoors. Nothing fancy.
You don’t come to Bülent’in Yeri for fancy or expensive.
Should you need the loo, that can be found in the small outhouse, also round the back of the main building. Take your pick from the traditional Turkish loo or the more familiar (to lots of us) sit down loo.
Don’t worry; they’re clearly labelled. Hands to be washed at the sink outside.
Familiarity At Bülent’in Yeri
So, why do we love Bülent’in Yeri so much? Because it’s a Kayaköy institution. Like we said, it feels like it’s always been there. It’s part of the furniture. A safety blanket that allows us to explore and enjoy the new, knowing we can return to the familiar.
In comparison, places like Izela Restaurant are new – and there are newer eateries besides. They’re all doing their thing and are worth your time – and taste buds – when their style is what you’re fancying.
And when you’re fancying a quality, traditional gözleme, Bülent’in Yeri is your place.
Bülent’in Yeri is our reward place. So our visits there are always much anticipated.
Why the reward? Because if we hike from Fethiye to Kayaköy and then continue onward from Kayaköy over to Ölüdeniz, what better pitstop than patatesli kıymalı gözleme (minced meat and potato pastry) and a beer at the halfway point? Perfect fuel for the onward journey…
Gözleme served with Turkish pickled vegetables (turşu) – it’s essential.
At Bülent’in Yeri, you get a mixed selection served on a plate. It’s difficult to leave them well alone while you wait for your gözleme to arrive.
The menu at Bülent’in Yeri is a simple, laminated piece of card. Multiple pages aren’t necessary here.
For the thirsty, çay, coffee, a limited selection of soft drinks, ayran. And you can also get a beer here, too.
We just keep going back because it’s like dropping into someone’s home. When we rolled up one winter’s day, midweek, there was no one around. We assumed it was closed, but the door was unlocked so we entered.
Bülent’s family live just behind the eating area so our Turkish friend walked round the back shouting, “Merhaba.”
His wife – she who is responsible for the temptations of the gözleme – was just pegging out the washing and came through straight away to give us all a menu. She then stoked the fire up in preparation for making our lunch.
If you do go to Bülent’in Yeri, 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, you’ll recognise him straight away. An exceptionally warm, friendly, smiling face. He’s just got one of those faces that always looks contentedly happy. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we keep returning to Bülent’in Yeri again and again…
As well as the fabulous gözleme, too, of course.
Bülent’in Yeri, Kayaköy – Further Information
- Bülent’in Yeri is open daily, all year round
- The restaurant is on the main road that runs to Kayaköy from Hisarönü. It’s on the right hand side, opposite the entrance to the main church.
- There are views over the ruins from the cafe.
- Bülent’in Yeri is in the Kayaköy section of our Fethiye Eating And Drinking page.
- For other strolls and hikes in the area, visit our dedicated page of walks around Fethiye.