One of my absolute favorite parts of traveling is all the eating (obviously). Trying a variety of new foods is so important to me that I invest hours before heading to a new place researching places to eat/types of local foods I just have to try (#notembarrassed). On top of that, I’m not a picky eater and I’m pretty easily pleased with delicious food, especially when it’s something new in a new country. That being said…this breakfast I’m about to tell you about was easily one of my favorite meals in the whole six weeks we were abroad.
Breakfast while traveling can be tricky because it’s nice to sleep in on your vacations and you don’t want to eat breakfast late and then have to skip lunch and/or push all of your meals back during the day (am I the only person who plans out food breaks this much?). It’s a shame to skip the first meal of the day though…breakfasts vary so much from country to country, it is a truly cultural experience just like any other meal. And when you’re in Turkey, you just cannot miss out on a Turkish breakfast.
We had several prepared at home (we stayed with a lot of Ilhan’s family while there), but when we were in Bursa his family wanted to take us to Dağyeli et Mangal for a big Turkish breakfast there. As I said above…this was one of my favorite meals of the whole trip (including Turkish breakfasts in Istanbul!) so I have to say this isn’t just the best breakfast in Bursa, but one of the best breakfasts I’ve eaten in a restaurant…period.
Enter Dag Yeli Alabalik Et Mangal (Wild Mountain Trout and Meat Grill). Perched on the side of a little mountain, it is an absolutely stunning eatery and simply perfect for a lovely breakfast. Rustic, floral, charming, it made me feel like eating somewhere in Hobbiton (pictures below the food pictures!). Plus it’s literally on a farm…so the food is made from scratch from ingredients raised/grown right there! So the cheese and butter were all made in-house from a resident cow’s milk, the eggs were collected that very morning, the bread was brought to our table fresh out of the oven…and I could go on.
SO! Let’s talk about the food! Turkish breakfast usually consists of bread, various cheeses, eggs, cucumber, tomato, and olives, and we got all of these in top notch form. Just look at those eggs pictured above…cheesy, creamy, yolky, and so hot out of the oven that we had to wait for them to cool a bit before digging in. We took portions onto our plates or dipped bread right into the bowl; both were just beyond amazing. And below? Four different kinds of cheeses (again…all homemade!), fresh veg, and those little fried pastries. I seriously died and went to heaven with this plate.
And we can’t pass over the bread you guys…THE BREAD. Now I consider myself a bread connoisseur (😏) and this bread freaking rocked my socks off. I mentioned above that it was brought to the table straight from the oven…it was literally so fresh it slightly burned your fingers when you tore the rolls apart (but it wasn’t hot enough to stop you from doing it haha). Served with fluffy, fresh butter and locally harvested honey…it was soft with a slightly sweet crust, and when you spread the butter and honey on it they melted together immediately. As I said…I died and went to heaven.
I left the table with a super full, super satisfied tummy, and with my mind completely blown. I’ve thought about that bread and those baked eggs SO MUCH since then…and combined with that beautiful patio, all of those flowers, that stunning view, it was just out of this world. The best breakfast in Bursa, one of the best meals I had in Turkey, one of my favorite restaurant experiences in recent memory. So if you ever find yourself in Bursa…I highly highly HIGHLY recommend stopping to this quaint little place for an incredible breakfast that you won’t soon forget.