Now we have our own transport we were able to go to the Değirmen Şelale Aile Restoran. People have told us that it is very good but, as it is some distance off the Selçuk to Tire road, it is difficult to reach without transport.
We were not disappointed. The setting on the hillside is lovely (it is labelled as a hidden paradise). The gardens are beautifully kept – just overgrown enough to hide diners from each other – and the water features are wonderful. We sat right over the water, watching live trout and ducks. The trout were beating the ducks to the bread thrown in by diners. There were also some carp and a couple of goldfish. From time to time the fountains were turned on.
On a Sunday lunchtime at least, the place has a real family atmosphere. It was (deservedly) popular and people had gone with their friends, families and kids to enjoy the garden and the food in the beautiful spring weather.
The food was great. We chose a small selection of mezzes from the cabinet (we had Antep Ezme, roast aubergines and semizotu with yoghurt. There was a red paste and some olives which came as part of the package). We had izgara köfte to follow. These were delicious and came with a salad of lettuce, spring onion and tomato as well as rice. We didn’t realise they also did Tire köfte till we got the bill… That was the first time we saw a menu. Something to remember for another time. They brought us a complimentary desert (the traditional Tire white cheese with mulberry preserve and this one drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts). We also got tea.
Completely recommended if you are in the area. Great food, wonderful setting and extremely good value for money. We shall definitely go again!