Good food abounded in Bodrum this spring, starting with our very ''not-Turkish'' curry cook off at Erenler Sofrasi in March. It was a very warm and welcoming cooking session on a chilly Saturday evening at Asli Mutlu's bucolic green garden restaurant in Ortakent. Asli offers customized local Bodrum market tours, Turkish and Greek cooking classes and fabulous dinners at her restaurant, all focusing on locally sourced, organic products.
We also had a fantastic private evening at the Istanbul Charcuterie and Tapas Bar, a venture whose name sounds like the ultimate head-scratching oxymoron, but which really delivers all as promised. One corner of the venue is a high end delicatessen with an amazing array of local and imported cheeses, salamis, sausages and mezes, and the other half is a full scale bar and restaurant with unrivaled outdoor seating, watching the gulets glide in and out of Bodrum harbor.
Our latest excursion was the launch of an Aussie-Turkish partnership, Sugar and Salt, a meld of bistro, restaurant and tapas bar in a tucked away corner only meters from the Bodrum Milta marina. The early April opening was spectacular both socially and taste-bud wise, and we can't wait to taste the full meal.
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