The best thing about travelling around Turkey on business, is that all Turkish clients go out of their way to feed you and at some of the best local places.
In Konya I was taken to Feslegen. My client was shocked to find out that I was vegetarian and to ensure I was fed well, he ordered every great vegetarian option on the menu. And oh my god were they great! I normally chat away whilst dining…not at Feslegen! I was just amazed at how fresh the ingredients were and how each and every vegetable was delicious.
A simple green salad with capers, carrots, tomatoes and sweetcorn was so juicy and sweet. The fresh yogurt was like cutting into gelato with a spoon. The sauteed ladyfingers and egg plant were hitting the spicy spot. The presentation of the sun dried tomatoes was so appetizing. The hot yogurt soup was almost better than Indian kadhi. And all this food combined with frothy home made ayran (turkish lassi) was just perfect!
And then it was time for desert. One trouser button had to open as there no way I was leaving without trying the pumpkin halvah in a sesame sauce with Eastern black walnuts (the fruit of walnuts). Divine and surprisingly not too sweet.
If you are ever in Konya for business or visiting Mevlana’s tomb, check out Feslegen.
Feslegen, Mahmuriye Mah, Istasyon Ferit Pasa Cad, No 27, 00903323222203