Dinner@7mehmetrestaurant ,Antalya, Turkey 🇹🇷 .
The name 7 Mehmet comes from the chef Mehmet Akdag who was born here in Antalya, and has been working in kitchens here since he was very young when other children of his age were still at school learning to write on blackboards.
The story goes that while working for a very well regarded chef whom Mehmet looked up to very much, a hair was found in a guest’s dish. The chef, Hadji Hasan, duly lost his shit and handed down the most fearsome bollocking to his team. The result of this was that the following morning every cook reported for work with a completely shaven head. This revealed a V shaped scar on the head of Mehmet, the result of a traffic accident in his youth. In the old Turkish Alphabet, this V shape meant 7. The chef then duly christened him 7Mehmet, and the name has stuck ever since.
I enjoy little titbit stories like that about a restaurant. Anyway, the food here is extremely good and some even state that this is one of the best restaurants in Turkey so I am very happy to find it on my new doorstep. It was packed with locals when we went.
Ingredients are all local and of sublime quality. What surprised me was that my favourite dish by a mile, and one that truly made me swoon, was a simple salad of tomatoes, fresh cucumbers from the local greenhouses and olive oil. The thing that took this dish into the stratosphere was an incredible goat’s cheese that the restaurant ages itself for two years in a stone ageing room. I was bitterly disappointed to discover that I can’t go and buy this cheese in any shop, it is only produced for the restaurant’s diners.
Highly recommended if you are in town .
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