Edit August 2019: This restaurant has now changed hands (at least twice apparently). I have not personally eaten at the new restaurant and cannot speak as to the quality of its dishes.
Finding the perfect burger in Mersin can be a little tricky. I mean unless you yourself have ever had the perfect burger replicating it can be a little tricky and, let’s be honest, a lot of the chefs here in Mersin are chefs … here in Mersin … so may not have had the good fortune of having enjoyed the perfect burger elsewhere.
And we all know that joy of the perfect burger. It’s a thing of beauty. A satisfying mess of all things delicious. Beef (good). Cheese (good). Grilled onion (good). For an Aussie nothing says a good burger like beetroot (not so easy to get here in Mersin unless you grow it yourself) and delicious, fresh avocado smeared onto that bun (goooodddd). Honestly there are few things culinary that can be relied upon to do their job as effectively as the perfect burger.
Of course I can try and replicate the perfect burger here at home. In the Village the local butcher makes a pretty mean patty with a delicious mix of herbs and a pretty decent ratio of meat to fat but as close as I can come it just doesn’t cross the line as a winner.
I recently visited the newly rebranded Roux Restaurant in Mezitli. I originally went there last year, in fact the expats had their Christmas party there, but with the change of ownership it was time to re-visit and check out their new menu. It always has been a burger restaurant but with the addition of chef Gamze Sener who had previously worked at Movenpick Hotel in Istanbul the menu is a punchy, modern version to drool over.
So you are wondering ‘how was the burger’?
Pretty damn good. I had the Hot Tamale burger which was a definite two-hander consisting of thick beef patty cooked to perfection with gooey cheddar cheese oozing over the meat, a mountain of fresh avocado and oodles of chilli and pickles to top it off. It came with home-made chips (crisps) and a little side salad. It was totally more-ish. Don’t fret if you are not a fan of the burger (I know right??) the menu also has vegetarian choices, pasta dishes, fish and chicken to tempt your taste buds.
My only complaint was that my glass of wine was not full enough but after discussion with the waiter he saw the error of his ways and the glass of wine was filled to a more ‘Janey appropriate’ level.
I know that many of you will visit family in Mersin over the next few months so do yourself a flavour favour and visit Roux. You will not be disappointed and you might just find me sitting there in a corner, cheese dripping down my fingers as I make my way through the menu (I will definitely need to purchase some larger pants). Next time I’m having the Jack Burger. I’ll let you know how it is.
All photos courtesy of Roux Restaurant, Adnan Menderes Bulvari, Fatih Mahallesi, 30012, Mezitli, Mersin
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Makes me hungry…no great burgers in the boondocks of rural France. But beetroot? That’s a new twist. We Amis like bacon, cheese, onions…never tried avocado, but that is a tempting addition.
Oohs if you can get the bacon add bacon with avocado. It’s out of this world!
Look what you did! You’ve just made all your reader’s hungry. 🙂
My sister used to work overseas, different countries in Africa. The food she missed the most was Arby’s (roast beef sandwiches). A medium rare burger with cheddar cheese, onions, pickle, mayo, mustard and ketchup is my favorite. Unfortunately, good ground beef is $5 a pound in the states right now.
Beef is hugely expensive in Turkey. I tend to only buy it on special occasions but when Im at a restaurant if there is meat to be had Imma having it!! There is a particular restaurant in Adana (60km from me) that has the most delicious steak I have ever had the pleasure of indulging in. Im drooling just thinking about it.
Oh and a roast beef, hot english mustard and cheddar cheese (pickles on the side) on grain bread would be my dream sandwich!
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Yum! Wish I could afford it, too. I’d be at your doorstep to go to the restaurant with you. 🙂
I know just the place if you ever come to Bodrum.
Ohh we were hoping to get to Bodrum this summer but we’ve got so many little adventures already planned it will probably be put off until next year. The Turk is furious as he wants to get back to his old stomping ground but I’ve got my heart on a trip Down Under (with a little sneaky girls trip to Bali on the side)