Yesterday afternoon we stayed home, tended to some computer installation issues, rested. Later in the afternoon, we strolled to “Deniz Kestanesi” (Sea Urchin) in town. The hollyhocks on the street where we live are probably 12′ tall; I kid you not! I took a few photographs along the way, including a young boy who was cherishing the thought that he had a puppy.
The restaurant was totally empty except for us. I am amazed at how people of Ayvalik ignore this fine restaurant. Our table was just above the sea, I could almost dangle my legs between the railings to touch the water. Across the way were some islands, including Lesbos. The sunset was great, so was the food. The owners are very careful with attention to detail and the quality of their food without being pretentious. The ambiance is truly enjoyable and you will not be disappointed with the food. I fail to understand why the people of Ayvalik neglect this fine dining experience. If you are in Ayvalik, you should dine at Deniz Kestanesi.
I would like to bring this neglect to the attention of the residents of Ayvalik. Without their patronage, Deniz Kestanesi will likely not survive and the town will lose a very fine restaurant. Take a look at the sunset below, and imagine that you are enjoying fine food and a glass of wine or raki; why would you not want to be there beats me. See their Web site for more information.