The food at Mandarin sets out to introduce their guests to the authentic flavours of their region, rather than serving bland international hotel cuisine, and their approach seems to have won many fans!
The Hotels rates automatically include half board (unless you choose to opt out of dinner), which comprises breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. Their traditional Turkish breakfast includes village bread, fresh fruit and juices, yoghurt and muesli, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives, home made preserves and honey, as well as eggs cooked to order. Most guests find that they don’t actually need lunch, but after a day’s exploring, or lazing by their peaceful swimming pool, their complimentary tea and pastries (sweet and savoury) in the afternoon always go down well.
Dinner is of course the main event, with a different 5-course menu each day. For your first course, they serve a selection of four cold mezes (typical Turkish dips and salads, most of which are vegetarian). This is followed by the soup of the day, and by a hot starter. The main course tends to be a meat or fish dish, but they are always happy to offer a vegetarian alternative, and naturally there is always a dessert to round off your meal.
Whilst dinner is a set menu, the hotel is very accommodating and will substitute any courses should you have any special dietary requirements; just let them know in advance, so that they can prepare accordingly. In fact, many of their vegetarian guests have commented on how well they felt catered for, and as Turkish cuisine draws heavily on fresh seasonal vegetables, herbs and spices, it offers plenty of flavour and variety for those who choose not to eat meat.
Whatever your preferences, the hotel assists their guests in discovering the true taste of Turkey at the Mandarin Boutique Hotel.