My husband and I wanted to try an authentic pottery kebab on our trip to Turkey and were saving it for Cappadocia as it's the home of pottery making. On our first day in Goreme, we asked one of the staff members at our hotel, Salim, to recommend a good restaurant in the city center for authentic Turkish food and he said that if we were interested in trying pottery kebab, Dibek was the place to go and we happily agreed to try the suggestion. Salim made the reservation for us and placed an order for the beef pottery kebab. At Dibek, you must order and reserve your pottery kebab approx 4 hours in advance as they prepare it so that it comes out of the oven and straight onto your plate at the perfect time; no under/over cooked meat which is common in restaurants in Istanbul!
We arrived a little earlier than our 9 o clock reservation and were taken to a platform with a lower seating arrangement with comfortable cushions and a low table in the center. We decided to try the wine which is made in house (I opted for the white while my husband chose red). Both were lighter than we expected and surprisingly very good. Definitely recommend trying a glass! For starters, I had spiced lentil soup which was quite nice but a little lukewarm and we were served bread (great for mopping up the soup!) and pickled vegetables which were delicious.
We decided to share the beef pottery kebab (which we’d ordered in advance) and a minced chicken dish (Sactava) served with rice. Both mains were absolutely delicious, the meat was perfectly cooked and extremely tender. Although both dishes were a little bland, however, the table has an assortment of local spices which can be added to the meal to achieve the desired taste (our server was very happy to guide us through the various spices) and the meat was the real standout. We ended the meal with Aside, which is a local dessert, which wasn’t something which blew either of us away.
Overall, we were a little apprehensive about the restaurant after reading tripadvisor reviews but were very happy with the meal and glad for the recommendation. We also found eating out in Goreme to be much cheaper than Istanbul so were pleasantly surprised with the bill. Definitely recommend going for the lovely ambience and delicious, authentic food!
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