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Gocek where to eat/drink what to do

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Gocek where to eat/drink what to do

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I am going to Gocek in a few weeks and cannot wait. I have never been to this resort before and wondered if anyone could give me any tips on good restuarants etc. We are staying at Yoncas Retreat. Thanks everyone

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I have been to Turkey many times and love it, we too are going to Gocek and also to Yoncas Retreat so the same questions apply, this is our 1st time to this resort.

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Because Gocek caters mainly to the "Yachting Fraternity" you'll find that it quite a more expensive than other places in the area. I'd suggest that you eat as far away from the marina and harbour front as possible to keep costs down.

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Ok thanks for this info, will try .

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A good place for grilled meat etc. is "Palm", which is about 50 yards up the road from the PTT off the main square, most tables are in an orange grove opposite the restaurant itself, friendly service, cheap and popular with everyone. A good cheap place for pizza, lunch etc. is Mercan, on the main street just before you reach the Tansas supermarket (where a new restaurant allegedly owned by Turkish singer Mustafa Sandal, called BistroM has opened and a bottle of wine will cost you 3 times more than in any other restaurant!). Antep, or "Kebab Hospital" as it is known is opposite Tansas and is very popular and cheap, but I don't like it personally. Limon, behind the main car park, is also cheap but MrsD and I think the quality has gone down, but it's still a good place for a cheap, Turkish lunch.

More upmarket, on the waterfront, Nur has very good steaks, Cafe West has an 'international' menu, Blue does a great fish and potato pie and Çan is perhaps the closest to "real" Turkish service and very good for fish - the fishmonger/fish restaurant in the main square has got far too expensive. A new restaurant on the main square - 'Il Sole', does quite decent pasta dishes.

Avoid "Anatolia" on the main street, and "Tugra" which is nearby.

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Yes. we're generally a helpful lot in Göcek!

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I've updated last year's "report" following our recent visit: -

No surprises, the Göcek restaurant annual musical chairs game has been played again during the close season, but let’s start off with the hardy annuals.

Can Restaurant in the Skopje Marina building has definitely established itself in my mind as the most consistent restaurant in the village, dinner for two consisting of two starters (the courgette fritters are normally excellent) and a local tuna-type fish between the two of us with good chips plus a bottle of wine, coffees and brandies came out at £35 (95 YTL). Cheap wine (Angora) is 25 YTL a bottle.

Palm, in an orange grove up the road from the PTT, is still very good for grilled meats (hot adana kebabs, wonderful lamb chops), wine from 20 YTL a bottle. Less than £20 (53 YTL) for a meal for two.

Nur, on the promenade, produced a superb beef stroganoff served with rice and fresh vegetables (you have to ask for them) and a less exciting seafood spaghetti (tiny frozen prawns), £23 (62 YTL) for dinner for two, Angora 20 YTL a bottle.

Limon, opposite the belediye and the car park behind the Yapi Kredi bank, seems to be as irregular as ever. Unlike the other restaurants they didn’t give us any free fruit or pudding (despite what people say, I’ve never been offered fruit and then found I had to pay for it) and the service more or less petered out as the evening went on, which is often par for the course. I’d still recommend their lunchtime menu, good “juicy food”, as the Turks call it. The meal for 3 with two bottles of wine cost us 90 YTL (£33).

A lot of new restaurants that have set up in the new complex of buildings between the main square and the harbour were still getting ready for the season, so no opinion can be voiced on them yet. The only “new” restaurant totally up and running was in the main square, adjacent to Migros. Last year this was known as “Il Sole” and specialised in pasta dishes, which was at times a welcome change, but now it’s been renamed ”Lara” and is going to specialise in fish. Meals were both good and bad, dinner with two steaks, wine at 25 YTL a bottle, cost about £26. Doubts about how well the waiters will cope when it’s busy in the summer, they certainly messed us around one evening when they were hardly under any pressure.

We didn’t make “Kebab Hospital” as it was too cold most evenings to eat outside, but saw that it has now expanded to take over what was known last year as “Fish Hospital”, formerly “Alternative”.

Lunch, pizza and salad plus two beers for less than 20 YTL, is still extremely good value at Mercan, on the main street.

Those to avoid remain the same. “Tugra” has been renamed “Maya”.

I’ll update this when I go back, hopefully in about a month’s time, but meanwhile I hope any visitors will make some more recommendations – we can’t spend every night of our lives in Göcek as amateur restaurant critics!

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Glad to hear the Kebab hospital has expanded it was so hard to get a table there in Oct and the food as so good and so cheap, hence although looks very basic it was always packed. I really love the look of the sea front restraunts, but The kebab hospital was the best.

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I've finally got a bit of time to update my restaurants critique - it's Sod's law that we get more freelance work winging in over internet here than we do when we're at home, but the next time we come, in just over a month, we'll be having a real holiday.

There's not much to add to my May posting, except to say that I did succumb to dinner in the Kebab Hospital and can definitely state that their Adana kebab is not a patch on the ones produced in Palm (which has now got an internet café upstairs).

I went to a book club dinner in 'Natural', which is up the road out towards Fethiye past the High School and evryone ageed that the food was very good.

'Blues' on the front is running a "two for one" campaign Monday through Thursday where you get two main courses for the price of one. Their fish pie remains a real favourite. It's not very expensive, but you can buy a bottle of Dom Perignon for YTL 1,250 (yes, 1,250!!)

A Turkish friend has told me that 'Ikaros', in the new complex near the main square, is allegedly good, whilst I've heard the hamburgers in 'de bar' on the main square itself praised highly by punters.

On Sunday there's a new wine bar/shop being opened on the main street end of the Denizli Hotel, the proprietress used to run 'Alternative'.

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It’s time to update this thread.

In the first place Limon Restaurant has moved from it’s old location to the waterfront, on the opposite side of the stream to Can Restaurant. They’re still doing their cheap ‘juicy food’ lunches and local intelligence says that owner/chef Ramazan won’t change his prices despite the more upmarket site.

Café West has expanded and is still popular with the smart set, whether foreign or Turkish.

Very good reports have been received on ‘Café de Café’, on the main street near Mercan Pizza (which is still great value, good pizzas and hamburgers and a cheap Turkish lunchtime specials). ‘Café de Café’ has been taken over by the former chef from Café West and also does cheap Turkish lunches. Two French marine engineers reported that their steaks are excellent too, and a few lira cheaper than anywhere else.

Blues has also expanded to take over the next-door Denizli Hotel and restaurant and is continuing its offer of free food for under-8’s every day and two main courses for the price of one on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fish pie is still highly recommended and makes a nice change.

The Belediye has continued to smarten up the main square, which has been re-paved and extended. Lara Restaurant continues there, alongside Migros, but the expensive fish restaurant/shop has moved to the other side of town, west of Skopea Marina. There’s a new noodle bar by the side of the Magic Marina bar, which has moved into the modern square off the waterfront. We had a really good meal at the fish shop/restaurant that’s also in that square last year, but haven’t repeated yet as it was too cold to eat outside on most evening.

Palm, up the road past the PTT, with its tables in an orange grove, is still going strong, as is the Kebab Hospital (loved by some, disliked by me!). Mosaic, on the waterfront, is still supposed to be good for steaks, but I had a very sub-standard beef stroganoff there last week – still, Walter, a cat who adopted me last year, seemed to appreciate it! I’ll be sticking to Nur for that dish in future.

Can Restaurant in the Skopea Marina building continues to be a popular favourite, good, fresh, fish and excellent meze.

A good place to meet people is the Grapevine wine bar, opened by the former proprietress of ‘Alternative’, in the part of the Denizli Hotel facing the main street. This, like many other places (Mercan, Café West, Magic Marina) also has a free wifi facility, very useful when ‘superonline’ have let you down!

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