After experiencing our first Turkish bath, my husband and I were hungry for lunch. Our cab driver spoke fluent English, and we asked him to take us somewhere authentic... somewhere HE would go for lunch, nothing too fancy, just regular everyday Turkish lunch. He drove us up the road to Koy Sofrasi, which was even further away from our ship's port, so we were happy knowing it wouldn't be quite as touristy as everything else we'd seen in Kusadasi.
We did not go into the restaurant's building, rather we chose to eat outside in the garden. There are many tables in the garden, all connected by a stone footpath and each with it's own canopy. Some were made of cloth and others made of trellis and plants. Some had picnic style benches and other had cushioned seats. It was a very cute place. We ordered based on the recommendations of our Turkish cabbie... rice wrapped in grape leaves (a turkish version of dolmades), goat cheese wrapped in phyllo and fried, eggplant and potato slices covered in yogurt sauce with dried hot chile peppers, and our main couse was sauteed beef with onions, tomatoes, and more hot peppers. All of the food was fantastic. I can't decide if my favorite thing was the goat cheese or the eggplant and yogurt sauce. We washed everything down with a couple of Turkish beers, Efes... and a shot of Raki, which is a digestive, similar to Sambuca. The service was quick, and the prices were excellent. The only drawback was that the servers did not speak English, which is to be expected when dining outside of the tourist area. Good thing we had our cabbie, who we invited to dine with us. He translated everything, and gave us a nice little lesson on Turkish culture while we ate!
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