Mersin, on Turkey’s southern coast, is home to a vibrant dining scene cooking up everything from traditional Turkish food to gourmet, handcrafted burgers. Here is our round-up of Mersin’s best local restaurants.
Serving hearty and wholesome homemade Turkish eats, Fixmenü Ev Yemekleri is the place to go in Mersin for casual comfort food. The venue’s menu changes on a daily basis. Guests can expect dishes along the lines of eggplant and meat casserole, homemade köfte and kuru fasülye (a traditional Turkish stew of beans and meat). These are served with sides including pilaf, bulgur wheat salad and tzatziki. There’s also a range of daily soups like lentil and chicken noodle.
Brothers and burger fanatics Erdinç and Emre Anay decided to open Otto Burger to satisfy their, and Mersin’s, need for delicious burgers. It looks like the plan is working. Since opening its doors in early 2014 the hip, retro-style spot has welcomed a steady stream of guests who leave raving about its gourmet burgers. Chef Umut Özdemir gets creative with burger recipes like the ‘Baconotto’. This is topped with veal bacon and cheddar. There’s also the ‘Mantarotto’ with smoked cheese, creamy mushrooms and barbecue sauce. There’s even a vegetarian variety featuring grilled halloumi topped with eggplant puree, salad, mushroom and pickles.