Food and drink in Kusadasi
Turkish cuisine is loved the world over, from famous late-night staples to grilled meats with the unmistakable Turkish flavour. The cuisine in Kusadasi is no different, if anything it’s even better than you could imagine. More than just kebabs and köfte, the food eaten here is diverse, packed with flavour and deliciously tasty. As an old fishing village and an active port, Kusadasi can reap the benefits that come from being next to the Aegean waters – fresh seafood and plenty of it.
No visit to Turkey would be complete without trying a traditional kebap. Whilst a good old döner kebab is great, the Turkish kebap takes this grilled meat speciality to a whole new level. Kebap, meaning skewered meat, can be a choice of different meat cooked in a huge range of spices and flavours. We recommend giving the iskender kebap a go, which is served on a pita and garnished with tomatoes and yoghurt.
When thinking of Turkish cuisine, we often think mainly of the meat dishes available, however, Kusadasi is home to a number of fantastic vegetarian dishes and seafood specials. Dolma (literally meaning ‘stuffed’ can take on many forms. Look out for vegetables such as courgette and aubergine stuffed with a mixture of rice, peppers and onions and cooked in water and butter. Or – if you’re a seafood lover – the midya dolma or stuffed muscles is a fantastic seaside alternative.
Last but not least, don’t forget to try the gooey, sticky and fantastically sweet baklava and the famous Turkish delight before jetting off home!