50TL meal and drink for 2 – Green Valley Restaurant, Alsancak

green-4My visit to the Green Valley Restaurant in Alsancak was in response  to being told that they had started their ‘winter menus’. So, along with 4 friends, I entered the restaurant to the welcome of a roaring log fire. The first pleasant surprise of the evening was to discover that Wednesday night’s menu was only 15TL per person.

At the beginning of the evening we sat in the easy chairs. We all ordered a glass of wine (6TL) and this was promptly delivered.  Other drinks were reasonably priced. After a short while we were taken to our table, very close to the fire. Firstly a selection of mezes, including hot cigara borek, were brought with some warm bread. Next followed a choice of either chicken and mushroom or steak and kidney pie; these were accompanied by broccoli, chips and baked sliced potatoes along with a most delicious gravy.

Having finished the main course we were surprised to discover that the 15TL menu included a very tasty Turkish sweet after which we were offered coffee and brandy, which of course we all accepted. During the entire meal there was pleasant background music not too loud that we could not hear ourselves talk.

Salih, the owner, made us all feel very welcome and the service was first class. He is putting on other themed nights but I only came away with the Wednesday and Sunday menus, both well within the 50TL budget for 2. It is certainly worth giving Green Valley a try because not only do you get a 3-course meal with brandy and coffee but you also get 8TL change from the 50TL, meal and drink for 2, budget. It is on the right hand side of the Mare Monte road in Alsancak.

I also understand Salih is preparing a Christmas Day meal for those who like a ‘quieter’ Christmas but still with turkey and all the trimmings.

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