After asking numerous locals on the street for a good place for dinner - the popular vote went to Antik Sur restaurant and we headed there. It was a weekend night and the restaurant was busy... in fact very busy. The manager looked at us in dispair and said they were full. I was very sorry to leave as it seemed like a great place (beautiful open air courtyard in a historical building) and they were about to put on a music show. I appreciated it very much that the manager seeing my distress arranged for one more table to be put in the corner of the courtyard, so we could join their dinner and party that night.
After that all rolled smoothly! The service was quick and friendly; the food was nice; we had many starters (the usual Turkish mezers) and I had a great aubergine kebap. We ordered some Syrian wine and it was also very good. The music played traditional Anatolian songs, the orchestra that night was from Diyarbakir, so many songs from that area. The restaurant was full with Turkish tourists (some companies seemed to have a corporate event in Mardin that weekend); so after initial warm up sessions of raki, the guests stood up and started traditional dancing! There was a drummer performance and a boy was making ci kofte in the middle of the room, which was then distributed to all guests. The songs and dances went late into the night. We left after midnight and the party was still going strong.
It was a very tasty, warm and fun night out in Mardin; I would definitely like to come back to this restaurant one day.
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