Brunch at EkoTepe Organic Farm
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I’m a lover of nature and a lover of Turkish food. I also relish any opportunity to expose my children to the outdoors, to nature and to animals. All of those loves come together beautifully at EkoTepe Organik Çıftliği .
Ekotepe (Ekotepe Ekolojik Yaşam Çıftliği) is an organic farm about 30 minutes north of Adana. On Saturday and Sunday, they put on a brunch from 9:30-1:00. The breakfast could be described as a typical Turkish breakfast with a few outstanding extras (quail eggs, sikma). There are a few choices of cheeses, jams and olives. Honey and Tahini along with fresh bread. Boiled village eggs, omelets with sucuk, dried fruits, yogurt and limitless tea and instant coffee. They also feature fresh sikma ( a rolled Turkish flat bread with cheese inside.) Most products are said to be organic, and if that’s important to you, that’s an added bonus.
The big thing that sets Ekotepe apart from the other brunch places in Adana however is not the food, but the setting. Ekotepe’s restaurant is on the top of a hill surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside scenery you could imagine in Adana. In addition to the scenery, there are a number of animals around to entertain the children… and adults. There are ducks, squirrels, horses, sheep, cows, chickens, quail, geese, peacocks and even a monkey. There’s also a small play area for children and a nice short hiking trail. We even got to pick mulberries off of the trees until our fingers turned purple and our kids tummies were full.
If you need an escape from the city, I recommend visiting EkoTepe before it gets too hot. They also feature a limited lunch menu, which I’m sure is very good. It’s recommended to get reservations, as the place fills up quickly when the weather is nice. Visit Ekotepe’s photo album here. I think you’ll be surprised that such a place exists in Adana.
In order to get there, you simply must get on the Karaisali road north of the Adana Convention Center. Follow that road for about 20 minutes until you get to Salbaş. Ekotepe is about 2 minutes after that little town on the right. You can get a map here.
I should mention that the brunch is a bit expensive. It’s 20 TL. I gladly pay that however, because I know of no other place where I can have such a relaxing experience in nature within a half hour of Adana.