Are you a foodie looking for a delicious meal in Bodrum? Here are Bodrum’s top restaurants that offer excellent food and service.
An exciting collaboration of art and gastronomy, ENT by chef Yoldaş Sönmez is at Casa dell’Arte Hotel of Arts & Leisure, serving exceptional, contemporary dishes made from local ingredients. The 10-course Grand Degustation Menu features the inventive combination of octopus and bone marrow, with pickled radish, avocado, and eggplant sauce, as well as a seafood tagliatelle with green peas and melt-in-the-mouth citrus butter. Desserts like the sour yoghurt panna cotta feature the bounty of Bodrum, from exotic jams, cherries and pomegranate. Witness the inspired presentation, such as the petite kubbez balls (Anatolian croquettes) arranged on a rock slab decorated with red pepper aioli sauce and julienned green vegetables that features on both the 10 course tasting menu, and the slightly briefer six-course Discovery Degustation. Ent Restaurant also boasts an impressive range of excellent Turkish wines, that jostle side by side with superb French and international wines. Trust in the vision of Sönmez and his team to guide you through an evening that will be impressed on your memory and taste buds for a long time to come.
İsmet İnönü Caddesi No.64-66, Torba; T: 0252 369 24 26; www.entrestaurant.com
The sumptuous Mediterranean menu, created by seasoned chef Aret Sahakyan, is served in an open-air dining room beneath 100-year-old olive trees as delicious aromas waft in from the open kitchen. Sahakyan puts together a seasonal a la carte menu featuring the best of summer’s bounty. With a focus on highlighting fresh ingredients, these are dishes that shine in classic simplicity. Small plates and amazing summer cocktails are served on the sundeck everyday, while Sunday brunch is the favorite during the weekend. The dramatic glass-enclosed area with pool backdrop is the perfect venue for intimate gourmet dinners by the fireplace.
Maçakızı Hotel Kesireburnu Mevkii Narçiçeği Sokak, Göltürkbükü; T: 0252 311 24 00; I: @macakizihotel
Ace Restaurant & Bar
Ace at Avantgarde Yalıkavak Hotel is where Mediterranean and Anatolian flavors meet, mingle and become deliciously contemporary. Located poolside with indoor and outdoor seats, the restaurant offers all-day dining menu with creations such as as paella made of siyez bulgur and cold artichoke gazpacho. Besides lunch and dinner, Ace also has the special Sin Menu that serves late night eats.
Avantgarde Yalıkavak, Küdür Mevkii Şehit Engin Büyüksöylemez Caddesi No.9, Yalıkavak; T: 0252 385 37 65; www.avantgardecollection.com
Zuma has been delivering a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of casual eating and drinking all round the world. Already firmly established in Istanbul, the group is now launching a seasonal jewel in Bodrum. Open through summer, the Zuma pop-up serves an extensive menu at both lunch and dinner, including delicacies from the robata grill, as well as sushi and sashimi. Izakaya-style dining, born in the taverns of Japan, has a similar concept to Spanish tapas or Turkish meze, a combination of small sharing dishes, drinks and companionship. The Japanese emphasis on seafood is also a perfect complement to Palmarina’s wave-washed feel. Specialties such as miso-marinated black cod, yellowtail sashimi with homemade ponzu and pickled garlic, and lobster tempura with fresh wasabi mayonnaise are sure to inspire great conversation as guests lounge around the pool, perhaps with a selection from the extensive wine list.
Bodrum Palmarina, Çökertme Caddesi, Yalıkavak; T: 0252 385 48 07; zumarestaurant.com