I have been travelling to Turkey since the mid-1980s and have experienced many wonderful holidays in and around the Bodrum peninsula. My wife, family and I have enjoyed some excellent meals in numerous restaurants in Gumbet, but their emphasis on 'international cuisine' often means that when choosing genuine Turkish food from the menu the results can be a little disappointing. Nothing could be further from the truth when visiting Bella Zin. Whenever I visit a Turkish restaurant for the first time I like to try out their İmam bayıldı; stuffed aubergine with a liberal drizzle of olive oil, as a starter (my waistline won't allow the main course option!). Bella Zin's version was exceptional - easily on par with offerings I've enjoyed in swankier (and far more expensive) hotels and restaurants in Istanbul. My wife's chicken salad starter could easily have served two (well, I did help her out!), the chicken perfectly cooked and the salad wonderfully crisp. The main courses maintained the same high standard. My kebab was perfectly spiced, the sauce being fragrant but not overpowering, and the meat wonderfully tender (I have experienced both burnt offerings and shoe leather in other establishments - this was neither). My wife enjoyed a speciality of the house, a mixed lamb and beef kofte with an excellent mushroom sauce. We were both too full to sample any desserts, but fully intend to rectify that when we return with a family group in September!
Another big plus at Bella Zin is the staff; friendly, attentive without being pushy, and very knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant seems very family friendly, as looking around us there were several groups with young children, who were kept entertained by the attention of the staff.
Last, but not least when enjoying a relaxing holiday meal, the drinks list is extensive and very reasonably priced.
I eagerly await our next visit to Turkey to sample more of the culinary delights of Bella Zin... A five star experience at two star prices.
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