Musti’s Steakhouse, Yalikavak (Update Oct 2014: Now called Bonfilé)

Musti's Steakhouse, Yalikavak, 20 minutes' drive from Gumusluk VillaWe read about Musti’s Steakhouse in Yalikavak on ‘Trip Advisor’ and thought we’d give it a try. The restaurant had lots of good write ups.

As you’d expect there are plenty of excellent fish restaurants all along the peninsula, but a really good steak is harder to find. Musti’s exceeded our expectations. Our orders were for a medium rare and a medium steak and that was exactly how they came. A variety of home-made sauces were on offer. We chose pepper sauce which was excellent and side dishes of fresh vegetables, hand cut chips and garlic potatoes were all beautifully cooked. We asked our waiter for recommendations of red wine and he said he had one which was ‘perfect’. We were both surprised how good it was! Prices were reasonable. They also serve Guinness.

Al Fresco dining at Musti's Steakhouse, Yalikavak, 20 minutes' drive from Gumusulk Villa

You’ll find Musti’s beside the marina*, just a few minutes’ walk from the bustling heart of the town. We sat in the shady garden as the sun was setting over the sea.

*From the large windmill beside the harbour it’s less than fiThe Windmill in Yalikavak town centreve minutes’ walk to Musti’s. Turn towards the new marina (sea to your right). When you reach a large bronze statue, Musti’s is over the road to your left.

Booking recommended. Telephone 0252 3855385

Victoria’s: the closest Restaurant to Gumusluk Villa

Closest Restaurant to Gumusluk Villa

Just over 10 minutes’ walk from Gumusluk Villa is Victoria’s. It’s a whole complex and not just a beach front bar and restaurant: it incorporates a swimming pool and riding stables with its small exercise area and on our visit in April 2013 they had just completed some accommodation units.

Victoria's buffet and bbqEvery Sunday they serve a barbecue/buffet for 30TL per person. For your 30TL you can sample an excellent array of starters, including bean dishes, salads and dishes using fresh vegetables. Follow this with meat from the barbecue and rice and bread. We sampled their chicken kebabs and wings – had hoped for a bit more variation – but were both good. The house wine at 35TL a bottle was good value. With live music – two talented guitarists on this occasion – it was a pleasant evening.

Breakfasts at Victoria’s are also popular. For a full Turkish style breakfast (bread, butter, jam, honey, egg, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes and tea or coffee) they charge 20TL for adults and 10TL for children. They also include a free 10-15 minute horse ride (around the exercise area) for children. Adults pay 40TL for half an hour.

Victoria's buffet startersThe cost for the swimming pool is 10TL per person. You can rent sun loungers at a small cost or ‘platforms’ (a comfortable area with cushions for up to 4 people) at 200TL per day. (up to 190TL of which can be spent at the restaurant or bar).

The excellent manager, Seyda, is well known in Gumusluk and is very welcoming. She speaks extremely good English as does Esra who is working there this season and is also very helpful. It is always worth booking in advance, especially for the Sunday buffet/barbecue (+90 252 394 3264).

Derekoy and the ‘Big Cheese’ Walk

 

Getting there: From the end of the Opus road (or from Gumusluk fishing village) take the Bodrum dolmus to Derekoy. Get off the dolmus at the museum ‘Collectibles’ at the end of Derekoy village. (a 10 – 15 minute journey)

I find the village of Derekoy fascinating for at least two reasons : the museum ‘Collectibles’ and the gourd lighting shop ‘Le Kabbak’.

‘Collectibles’ is the modern, architectually-designed home of the now retired director of the Maritime Museum in Bodrum. This quirky building, with its winding staircase up to several levels, has an ecclectic mix of old Turkish items such as lamps, jewellery and weights. Light floods in from the large floor to ceiling stained glass window: pale blue segments intermingle with colourful tropical fish.

The gourd lighting shop ‘Le Kabbak’ – a few paces closer to the village than the museum – has a beautiful array of lamps. As you approach you will hear the owner at work, making tiny holes in the gourds and then inserting coloured glass into each one for a unique effect. Have a look round and ask to go into the inner workshop to see some of the gourds lit up. Also for sale are a wide variety of stylish old pots and flagons, seemingly carelessly strewn about by the wall outside. (If you’re passing through Derekoy after dark the whole place looks like something out of a fairy tale.)

The Walk

Distance : about 2 miles each way (*for longer walk – see below)

Time : allow 2 hours.

Remember : water, sun hat, long trousers, walking shoes (picnic?)

Grade : easy

Suggestion : do this walk on a Tuesday when there is a small market in Derekoy so you can buy a few items for a picnic on the way.

The walk starts opposite the museum ‘Collectibles’ and a stall selling more gourd lighting and souvenirs. Take the small tarmac road ‘Kavakderesi Cad’, leading slightly uphill. (CAD is short for Cadesi = Road)

Follow this road as it winds into the countryside. After about 10 or 15 minutes the tarmac runs out, but keep straight on and from this point make sure the stream is always on your right.

You continue on this wide path, crossing a few streams on your way and after about 20 to 30 minutes you will be rewarded with a great view of the ‘big cheese’ : a cleft of rock which looks like a wedge of cheese, ahead of you. We returned to Derekoy soon after this point and took the dolmus back to the Opus turning. (However, if you want a longer walk* try the Sunflower ‘Bodrum to Marmaris’ walk no. 8 : Ortakent, Yaka, Derekoy page 99. There is a copy of the book on the shelf in the living room at the villa.)

Spring in Gumusluk

 We are just back from preparing the villa for the new season. Every year we spend some time at the end of March in Gumusluk, visiting the villa and making sure that all is in order for our forthcoming guests. This year we have repainted the inside, washed the carpets, replaced the BBQ, replaced the lampshades, cleaned the patios etc etc. There is always something to do!

Whenever we go at the beginning of the year we are always reminded how fresh and green the scenery is. There can be the odd day of rain, but generally the weather is around 20 C and it is quite pleasant to sit in the sun with a chilled glass of wine or beer; we were often able to sunbath.

Not being too hot it is also possible to embark on a walk or two and enjoy the profusion of spring flowers. So if you enjoy walking this is definitely the time of year to come (although October and November can also be very pleasant months for walking).

The season had not started properly and the restaurants along the shore were still preparing for the new season when we arrived on 26th March; painting the chairs, tables and pergolas, white washing some walls etc. By the second week of April, however, a few more restaurants were open and they had blankets draped on the back of the chairs in case the evenings got a little chilly.

Not quite the weather for swimming yet – although this didn’t stop two young girls jumping in the larger swimming pool on site. It was ‘cold’ they admitted – but the sun soon warmed them up again.