Cappadocia – Uchisar : Le Mouton Rouge
Today’s post will be a review about the restaurant Le Mouton Rouge in Uchisar.
We stopped at this restaurant on our way to Love Valley. We had been hiking all morning through Pigeon Valley and thought that we would treat ourselves to a nice lunch, sitting in a nicer restaurant than our usual grab-and-go sandwiches places. As we were a little in a rush, we followed blindly the recommendations of the famous blue guide book which pointed this restaurant as an institution in Uchisar. Let’s go!
First thing you may wonder is : why having a French name for a restaurant in Turkey? (Especially a name meaning “The Red Sheep”). Well, after asking around we learned that once upon a time Uchisar was literally a (if not THE) French tourists base in Cappadocia with a huge Club Med resort. Thus, many restaurants and hotels have everything translated in French and it is not uncommon to meet Turkish people speaking French either. A note for you French people visiting Uchisar : do not consider French as a secret language to discuss with your partner bargaining strategies. It will not work. Been there, done that.
When entering Le Mouton Rouge, my first thought was how “classy” it looked. We passed by a mini antique gallery of artifacts and paintings. I can tell you that it is not the kind of place you want to be seen after a sweaty morning hike. The thought of turning back crossed our minds but we continued walking in anyway and that is when we entered the – cutest – courtyard ever. This was beautiful. Plus points for Le Mouton Rouge!
Even the bathrooms have cute signs
As we were having quite a late lunch the restaurant was empty. We sat at a table to look at the menu. Beeing on a budget, we couldn’t afford to order the main courses which were a bit pricey (but maybe worth it – I can’t tell you). We ordered some mezze, baklavas (as always!) and a drink.
The mezzes were good although to be fair not better than the ones we ate in Göreme. I took some pictures of the menu so you can see for yourself what they offer.
To summarize, I can’t tell you how good the main dishes are but to me the quality was comparable to what you can find in simpler restaurants. I think you pay the price of such a nice setting. We did enjoy our lunch but to be honest I believe that it is more a restaurant to visit for dinner when you can splurge and take the time to enjoy life with a glass of wine (Turkish of course). For a stop-by at lunch time between two sweaty hikes, I would probably look for a cheaper option like a local smaller tavern. Just my thought.
If you had been there I would love to hear what you thought about it.
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