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Stone House – restaurant review

An Illustrated Review

Stone House: restaurant, Göreme, Cappadocia

This place was nestled between Cappadocia’s incredible rock formations known as ‘fairy chimneys’ and tucked away behind its adjoining hotel. We dined alone in the restaurant, watching the sun set over the stunning moon-like landscape of Göreme before a wonderful food experience was presented to us.

 

An Illustrated Review by Bethany Moffat

 

Food: We all ordered the ‘Pottery lamb kebap’, (yes, with a P) thinking we would end up receiving something cooked in some kind of casserole dish. Much to our delight, three clay pots arrived (along with the head chef) which we then individually cracked open with a small hammer to reveal the most heavenly slow cooked lamb in a rich tomato based sauce, obviously cooked over a long period of time in a traditional Turkish pot.  It came with complementary salad, the softest Turkish bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Atmosphere: European influenced stone architecture, covered in vines with lots of little nooks (caves) draped in Turkish rugs. Some funny tacky elements but overall pretty nice for the location. We sat on the balcony as the sun went down, overlooking the unique landscape of Göreme.

Staff: very friendly and accommodating.

Value: moderate to low cost for a huge amount of food – worth every penny!

Verdict: this place is TOTALLY underrated. We only found it because it was attached to our hotel, and we were the only ones in the restaurant at that time. It was the best food we’ve had so far in Turkey with an amazing view.

Hot Air Balloons flying in Cappadocia
Hot Air Balloons flying in Cappadocia
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Mivan – Restaurant + cafe review

An Illustrated Review

Mivan: Cafe + Restaurant, Istanbul

For my first illustrated review in the fascinating city of Istanbul, I chose a place called Mivan, a trendy cafe/restaurant in the old city. It was around the corner from our equally cool air bnb and run by the same guy, Yusef, who designed both places himself.

An illustrated review of Mivan restaurant, Istanbul

Food: We ordered hummus, chicken shish, lamb shish and were also given complimentary Turkish bread and assortment of dips.
The chicken shish and lamb shish were both perfectly spiced and tender, the assortment of dips were all good – we went multiple times to this restaurant and were always given something different which meant we could try a miriad of things we wouldn’t normally order.

Atmosphere: a modern, industrial vibe in the midst of old town Istanbul. It definitely has a ‘western’ influence but boasts a classic Istanbul style rooftop terrace with a view of the street and its pastel-coloured buildings.

Staff: very friendly and accommodating.

Value: inexpensive for such a huge amount of food and everything was cooked to perfection.

Verdict: definitely worth a try. This place has a good rep in the area and lives up to its name. A great restaurant if you want a guaranteed good meal and a contemporary break from the more traditional restaurants.

Pink and Blue building in Istanbul
Lady crossing the busy streets in Istanbul
Threads in the Grand Bazaar
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An Illustrated Review

Introducing

An Illustrated Review

I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for a while now. It combines my love of food with my love for illustration in a way that is a little less perfectionistic and a little more light hearted and fun.

Although this will be presented in a blog format, it’s not my intention to make a wordy, self-indulgent blog but more of an open sketchbook.

Illustrated travel journal by Bethany Moffat. I hope to show you some amazing cafés, bars, restaurants and food carts around the world – to try the ones that are highly rated and recommended and maybe shine a little light on those underrated ‘hole in the wall’ kinds of places.

So, I figured that there was no better time to kick this off than on my overseas adventure. I’ll be starting in Istanbul, working my way through Europe and finishing in Iceland before coming home to Australia. Consuming and creating – what a dream.

The plan is to start with food and see where it goes. I’m excited to show you work that is still very much my style, but way more laid back and much quicker to produce! I hope you enjoy it, and please hit me up if you have any recommendations for any Turkish, or European eats!

Beth x

Illustrated travel journal by Bethany Moffat.
Illustrated travel journal by Bethany Moffat.
Flat lay image of Bethany Moffat's travel pack
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