Just how far would you go for a decent Chinese meal? Is it across the street? Maybe it’s a few blocks from home. Nice eh? Back in Sydney I wouldn’t have needed to go far at all but here in Mersin? Here in Mersin you need to leave the city. Yep despite living in a city with a population of 1.1 million people you need to get on your bike because nowhere in this city of 1.1 million can a person get a decent Chinese meal (and the first person who mentions Blush to me will be banned from my site). So where does a person need to go? Does it require airfare and a passport? No just a car, some travelling companions and the willingness to travel to the city of Adana (85 kilometres east of Mersin) to hunt out the elusive Wok China Restaurant.
Was it worth it? Hell yeah! Coupled with a good 4 hours spent shopping at M1 (seriously where does the time go?) and a quick drive through the city we arrived at Wok China Restaurant exhausted but totally psyched for our Chinese banquet.
[The following paragraph is going to make me sound like one of those pretentious prat restaurant reviewers! I am not an asshole but you have been warned!]
Despite the fact that we had to wait for our alcoholic bevies (a sacrilege in my mind) the food was delivered with a flourish, freshly prepared and delicious. Beginning with a plate of sushi (courtesy of the chef), followed by various stir fry’s including a pretty good Szechuan Beef and a fantastic Chilli Chicken our taste buds were definitely tempted and my waistline was definitely growing ever larger. The thing to remember with Chinese food being cooked by a Turkish chef is that it is Chinese food prepared by a Turkish chef so the dishes may not be quite as authentic as they could be or perhaps should be. Having said that every single dish served was distinctly Chinese – not a kebab in sight! The effort was definitely there and the staff were all lovely so put aside your expectations as you walk through the door. It may not be exactly what my memories conjure up when I recall my last Chinese banquet but it was definitely more than I had hoped for.
Price wise, it was very, VERY reasonable. We ordered 4 mains plus rice and noodles, a couple of rounds of drinks and 3 separate orders of takeaway (Daughter was desperate for me to bring home spring rolls) and we still spent much less than we would have here in Mersin. Does this say anything about the prices of the high end restaurants in Mersin? It sure does! I have said before that the only people who can afford to eat at the high end restaurants here are international drug barons but of course we still go to them as there are no other western style restaurants to be found.
To those of you in Adana get over to Wok China and have an excellent feed. To those of you in Mersin – let me know when you are going and I’ll tag along!
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