An Afternoon at Horseshoe Beach

By Margaret Sheard

We joined some friends for lunch at the Horseshoe Beach Restaurant in Karşiyaka which turned out to be a lovely afternoon, with nice food and good company.

Horseshoe BayHaving been to this restaurant on a number of occasions when travelling along the coast road after a day out in the Sadrazamköy or Koruçam areas, we were familiar with the superb location of the restaurant. It is very much off the beaten track but so well worth a visit.

Inside the building there are many artefacts on display so you can spend a fair amount of time browsing around and looking at the large number of items that the owner, Apo Arslan, has collected over the years, some very old and some not so Horseshoe Beach Restaurantold, but very interesting nevertheless.

It was a very windy afternoon, as we have been experiencing lately, but we decided to brave the elements and sat outside under the covered area and it was very pleasant with a cooling wind from the sea. We started with a good selection of mezes which was followed by octopus then lamb or fish with potatoes, salad and chips and, being a vegetarian they very kindly prepared an omelette for me. After all of The owner, Apo Arslanthis we were served with a huge plate of melon accompanied by a lovely piece of marinated curled orange peel and a piece of marinated marrow each, I had tried the orange peel previously but never marrow done like this and I must say it was delicious.

Eventually our friends took us back to our meeting place in Lapta where we retrieved our car and made our way home, after a really nice lunch and afternoon in such pleasant surroundings.