Everything tastes better in Bodrum thanks to the abundance of fresh local ingredients. Salient specialties include çökertme kebab served on a bed of fried julienne potatoes, stuffed courgette flowers and deniz fasulyesi (samphire salad drizzled in olive oil). To sample these and other meze (small, communal dishes) and seafood such as Bodrum fava and grilled octopus – best served with aniseed-flavoured raki, Turkey’s national drink – try unpretentious Çimentepe, set above Yalikavak. At Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, the Olive Garden, in an olive grove by the sea, serves delectable Turkish dishes. For a romantic meal, Mimoza on the beach at Gümüşlük is a candlelit vision, while Limon in the hills above has the best sunset views on the peninsula. For a parade of unique seafood dishes such as oysters with Parmesan béchamel sauce, head to Orfoz, a hidden hole-in-the-wall in central Bodrum.