…to be back in Istanbul!

I’m returned to this gorgeous city in the hopes of improving my Turkish. So far I’ve successfully manipulated various unfortunate waiters into having extended conversations, enjoyed more delicious mezes than I can shake a kebab at, and caught breathtaking glimpses of the Bosphorus from unexpected angles while winding through the narrow streets of Cihangir… It promises to be a terrific three weeks.

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Have you ever watched the sun set into the sea as you munch with relish on deliciously prepared smoked aubergines, or stuffed zucchini flowers gently soaked in olive oil, or bite-sized beef dumplings and garlic yoghurt? I certainly hadn’t before having dinner at Limon Café!

Nestled among the higher reaches of a winding mountain road in Gümüşlük, a small seaside village in Turkey, Limon Café is the most unapologetically picturesque of all the culinary establishments I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. It has only outdoors seating, with gorgeous, open views of the sea and sunset, and is merrily populated with handpicked, whimsical furniture, cutlery, flowerpots, electric socket covers…