The restaurant is housed in a 19th century stone mansion. Its first owner was a Greek artist by the name of Yorha Vasil. The house was sold to the Ozturk family in 1938 and for years the family used it as a home. In 1992, they converted the Old Greek House into a restaurant.
When I walk in I find myself in a very large room. At one end the room opens up to the sky and grape vines serve as a beautiful natural curtain.
As if magic, the food begins to arrive at our table shortly after we choose our seats; delicious Turkish food served to share.
Just as we are finishing our meal, several tourists come into the restaurant and start taking photos of everything. Bunyamin explains that in 2002 a television series began filming here and in 2003 a movie of the same name was also filmed here.
Asmali Konak (Mansion with Hanging Vines) not only brought fans to the restaurant, but to all of Cappadocia. The plot, I learn, involves the Karadağs, a wealthy family that owns vast estates in Cappadocia. Their heir Seymen goes to study in New York where he meets Bahar, the daughter of a family from İstanbul. They fall in love, get married and move to the Karadağs' ancestral home, the Asmalı Konak. Fifty four episodes and the finale, a feature film, were centered around the mansion.
In addition to the restaurant, the Old Greek House offers 14 guest rooms for overnight stays.