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Old 29th September 2010, 13:51   #1 (permalink)
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Olive garden restaurant - Kalkan

On a recent inspection trip with clients in Kalkan, I had dinner at Zeytinlik (The Olive Garden). For all the Hype about this restaurant, I found it rather disappointing on the whole. Don’t get me wrong, the views are amazing but the food and service let it down. The Domati Salatasi (Tomato) salad was rather bland, it could easily been spruced up with some herbs to draw out the natural sweet flavours of the grilled tomatoes

Looking forward to my main course, the Zeytinlik signature dish, of lamb sausages on a skewer, I was surprized by how dull it was. It tasted more like compacted lamb mince that had been boiled, dried out, and compressed onto a stick.

I mentioned to the manager that I was not impressed with the food so waiter brought me a bowl of fried doughballs covered with vanilla ice cream. I thanked him but declined the offer. The manager then offered me a complimentary drink which I was later charged for.

The poster one the pavement had one of the catch phrases was ‘NO SERVICE charge’... it should have said ‘NO SMILE SERVICE’. In my opinion a restaurant with such delightful decour and brilliant setting should not have waiters with such sombre faces; even the happiest patron would have their holiday wistfulness replaced by a slight feel of guilt that one should not be enjoying oneself so much when one is served by such patently unhappy staff.

Won’t be going back there in a hurry!
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Re: Olive garden restaurant - Kalkan

Sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to The Olive Garden as it's probably my favourite Kalkan restaurant. Been so many times and invariably the food and service have been first class. The menu is very different from most other restaurants and it's always on our "definite must visit places"
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Re: Olive garden restaurant - Kalkan

Thanks Itstime,

Next time you go to Kalkan, I suggest you have a meal at Moonlight terrace and Cafe if you have not already done so. It has equally good views and the traditional Turkish cuisine is outstanding.

Just a note that if you want something specific, drop by there is the afternoon before your visit and request the dish you fancy as the main menu is not extensive. Everything is prepared fresh!

Enjoy!

PS - You can read my full review via my posts.
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