We regularly organise Sunday Lunch events, especially through the winter months, a good, hearty roast dinner is always popular. These dinners are popular with visitors, ex-pats and locals – few can resist the draw of Deborah’s roast potatoes! A recent guest offered to write about the experience for us, so don’t only take our word for it, here is what a real guest has to say.
We left Kalkan, 4 of us in the car, the bottles of wine in bags rattling with anticipation at the feast we were heading to. The drive up to Villa Cennet Bahcesi is beautiful, as you leave Kalkan behind and head into the rural hills, the scenery and views of local village life away from a resort are incredible. The villa is in the village of Uzumlu, about a 20 min drive and the time passes very quickly.
We arrived to be welcomed by several friendly, family dogs as well as warm hugs from Ramazan and Deborah and were quickly seated around the outdoor rustic dining table by the side of the large outdoor BBQ & stove. Drinks were served and Ramazan explained that lunch would be served indoors, but as the weather was quite mild for February, we were socialising outside to begin with. Eventually everyone arrived, some 14 of us, and we called inside to be seated at the tables ready to eat.
The aroma of a full roast dinner drifting from the kitchen was mouth watering, probably a good job we were all busy chatting away or the cacophony of rumbling tums could have got very embarrassing.
Three courses were served in total, but we started with a choice of Chicken Liver Pate, Roasted Mushroom Soup or Spice Vegetable Samosas. Everything is handmade from scratch by Deborah and was delicious. Oh yes, I should also say at this point that you are NEVER knowingly underfed at Villa Cennet Bahcesi, there is none of those tiddly, little portions here, it’s good wholesome food and lots of it!
The main course was either Roast Turkey Breast with a Red Pepper & Sweetcorn Stuffing, or Shoulder of Lamb with Apricot & Pinenut Stuffing. Both were accompanied by seasonal vegetables, yorkshire puddings, gravy and of course, those roast potatoes. I know a vegetarian option is available if required. I’d opted for lamb and it was stunning – Im told the turkey was equally good.
Most of us opted for a breather and little stroll out on to the pool terrace after this, much more talking, more wine consumed and then we were ready for pudding. Mandarin Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding and Custard, or Poached Pear Pavlova with Chocolate Sauce or Pineapple ,Carrot and Coconut Cake. This really was one of the proper Sunday feasts with traditional British cooking, but almost every dish had a Turkish twist or flavour to it.
The whole event was so worthwhile, the food and our hosts were equally fantastic and the company was great. It’s a wonderful way to get to know other people too, meet new friends and discover new things. I simply can’t recommend these events highly enough, Deborah’s ability to produce great food, British and Turkish, is second to none and sitting out on the terrace, watching the sunset over Patara while enjoying your wine or after dinner coffee is the absolute definition of relaxation.
If you get the chance, do take the opportunity for a meal at Villa Cennet Bahcesi, you wont regret it. Yvonne xx