When you find yourself in Turkey – you may be a bit confused with just how helpful and friendly the people are.  Especially if you come from a “me-first” kind of city like New York :)

It took us a bit to really realize that the people were trying to be helpful and not put us through a ruse!!  With that  …

We went with Çem, the son of the Mustaffa owner of the Aydinli Cave House, to their second cousin’s restaurant Dibek Traditional Cook – which turns out to be one of the top local spots Göreme.  It’s one of the places we would have passed by without glancing twice – as it is in a 450 Year old stable; and not much to look at from the outside.  But like all good things in life, it’s what’s on the side that matters!

Dibek specializes in slow-cooked Testi Kebabı; a complete meal cooked in a sealed terra-cotta pot.  The pot is served in its ceramic entirety, then broken at the table.   For this specific dish, you need to make a reservation as it takes about 3 hours to be prepared!  So worth it!!!  There are meat and vegetarian options, we chose the mushrooms, eggplant with tomato, pepper, potato, and garlic … my mouth is watering as I type this!

amazing Traditional food restaurant in Goreme, Nevşehir, Cappadocia
kurufasulye, pilav, mantı and Testi Kebap on backgound

Other local specialties included:

Kurufasulye – oven cooked white beans in tomato and chili pepper sauce, topped with chopped tomatoes and green peppers sided with a perfect cucumber- onion salad.

Mantı – a surviving Ottoman recipe consisting of handmade pasta filled with meat or cheese and crushed chickpeas.  Then steamed, and served topped with a yogurt garlic sauce and sprinkled with sumac.

Cacık – a perfect condiment of cucumbers and garlic mixed with yogurt, dressed in olive oil and mint.

Top Traditional food restaurant in Goreme, Nevşehir, Cappadocia
Bulgur Çorbası – bulgur, tomato, onion soup – so simple sounding, yet so good!

We kept our dinner for the last evening in Cappadocia, and regret it a little.  Dibek Traditional Cook is hands down THE BEST restaurant we went to during our entire excursion – and we should’ve had dinner there every evening!!

Oh yes, they also have delicious homemade wine :)

Best Traditional food restaurant in Goreme, Nevşehir, Cappadocia

Dibek Traditional Cook

(90) 384 271 2209
Konak Sokak 50650 Göreme
Nevşehir TÜRKİYE


18:00 – 13:30

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