In a town called Selcuk, not to far from Ephasus, is a Turkish cuisine restaurant called the The Yavuz’un Yeri.
There are so many little things that make dining here a unique experience. The gypsy inspired indoor/outdoor atmosphere is very relaxing. The walls are decorated with musical instruments, swords, old photos and artwork. The wooden picnic style benches are lined with colorful carpet and tapestry pillows.
When I first arrived I was shown how the food was prepared. There were three Turkish women sitting on the floor, surrounded by large bowls of flour, glass jars of salt and repurposed soda bottles filled with water. One of the women was rolling what looked to be large oversized tortilla, another was shredding potatoes and the other was flipping what looked like a quesadilla in a large wood-burning fireplace. After a few minutes of watching the women prepare food, I was soon asked if I would like to try and make my own Gozlemeler.
My attempts in making my own lunch gave these three Turkish women a good giggle, and they soon insisted in making it for me. After the dough was rolled, it was stuffed with my chosen ingredients (cheese) and then cooked in the fireplace. The Gozlemeler can also be stuffed with other ingredients such as spinach, mined meat, fish, potatoes or vegetables. The finished product was absolutely delicious! They menu at Yavuz’un Yeri is vey diverse, so if a Gozlemeler is not down your alley, you can try one of their other dishes.