Our affair with BOZCAADA ISLAND was never going to be long term – just one night – but that didn’t mean it was not enjoyable.
Following an afternoon fling around the island in the rental car and refreshments at our favourite cafe (if indeed we could claim a favourite after so short a visit), we browsed through shops selling gourmet gifts beyond our budget and prowled around the harbour, the left side of which housed the fishing fleet and a smattering of seafood restaurants.
That night we were one of the first couples to arrive at the restaurant strip in the Greek part of town. Having no dining recommendations we wandered till we found a place with fish stencilled on the external walls and a welcoming island vibe.
Being a firm believer in eating fried fish after a day spent near the ocean, I ordered a mix of deep fried julienned vegetables, prawn and squid. My vision of individually tempura coated strips, materialised into a mix of calamari, bean and carrot strips, formed into a log and fried whole. There may have been prawns, but I am not sure where.
Was this strange looking vaguely squid shaped beast an island speciality – or something the chef dreamt up after one too many wines? The outer skin seemed to contain most of the calamari strips and was pleasantly crunchy while the vegetables within were tender and yielding without being too soft. Eaten with the bed of salad greens and teemed with a loaf of unbleached artisan bread and herb chilli oil, it was a meal to remember.
My meal was the attention grabber while Marty’s calamari in a cheesy/garlic possibly yoghurt sauce didn’t even warrant a photo. Such is life.
Just one more spin around the harbour followed by a visit to our cafe for an ice-cream night cap and our island affair was all but over.
Bade-i-Ask Restaurant – Two Meals and a large bottle of water, bread and oil 38tl.
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