Ibo's Cafe Bar
Posted 27 February 2011 - 10:53 AM
Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:58 AM
I used to live in Cesme, and I can certainly say that Ibo is one of the nicest and most professional people I've ever met. From those who have met Ibo (at his previous place of employment), I think he probably gets more Christmas cards, letters, and e-mails from people around the UK and Europe than anybody in Turkey. Not to mention the expats who know him in Cesme. I certainly wish him well! Next time I go to Cesme to catch the ferry to Chios, I'll check out Ibo's new place.
I can't seem to find Ibo's place on Facebook. If anybody's been there already, what's it like, how are things going so far?
Posted 28 February 2011 - 08:34 AM
Posted 28 February 2011 - 11:31 AM
Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:54 PM
I'm flying back tomorrow so hope to be there on Saturday.
Good Luck Ibo.
Posted 06 April 2011 - 08:54 PM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:10 PM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:11 PM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:26 AM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:40 AM
Great new web page. Only problem, I opened it with IE but it wouldn't open with Firefox.
Thanks for the link to İbo’s new website, Addie.
Called in yesterday for the first time since our recent return to Çeṣme and his new place looks great. Amazing what he has achieved so far. İbo deserves his own place and everyone who knows him wishes him well I am sure.
We shouldn't forget the part Toros has played at 'No Problem' Bar in welcoming visitors for so many years. I wish him and his family well for the future, too.
I couldn;t open the link in Firefox, either, but all OK with Internet Explorer and Chrome.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 04:15 PM
Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:38 PM
I'd been reading in this forum that Ibo has his own place. So after I got off the Chios ferry, with my new 90-day visa to extend my presence in Turkey, I went directly to Ibo's. All of the other people I know in Cesme were already there. It seems the expats have moved from No Problem to Ibo's Place.
Ibo's Place is at the main traffic circle, on the main harbor (coastal) road. Yes, I know there are two traffic circles along that road--one in front of the castle--that's not the one I'm talking about. You have to go a little further towards the ferry port on the harbor road, to the next traffic circle. On that corner is Ibo's Place. Actually, if you're driving into Cesme and follow the Izmir-Cesme highway to the very end, you'll end up at that traffic circle anyway.
I called Sunny (our favorite moderator) for a bit of good company while I checked out the food at Ibo's place.
My personal observations:
1. Clean. The bathroom is also very clean, something you don't often find in restaurants in Cesme. I heard stories about what the place looked like when Ibo first acquired it, how Ibo had scrubbed everything from top to bottom, including the ceiling tiles. With Ibo, that doesn't surprise me.
2. Ibo is serious! Ibo broods over quality, and makes sure everything is right. He engages and listens to his customers. I'd bet he lies awake at night wondering about what he can improve in his restaurant.
3. The menu reflects what people want. Fish and Chips? Icelandic Cod? Who'd've thunk it? Well, Now Ibo has the only place in Cesme where you can get a decent plate of fish and chips. That is, until everybody else sees how successful he is and copies his menu. I'll give that a month or two, max. But they'll never replace Ibo's personality and friendliness. In spite of all of his hard work, I think Ibo could have moved to a place much worse and still had loyal customers.
4. Great location and layout. He's at a main traffic intersection. He's also got an outdoor eating area both at the front and the back, as well as two main rooms which can be used in winter or during inclement weather.
I am delighted to see that Ibo has launched his own restaurant/cafe/bar.
If you're ever in Cesme, pay Ibo's place a visit, if only to say hello. You'll see what I mean. I've included some photos of Sunny and me having dinner (fish and chips!) at Ibo's place. Here they are:
Ibo's Place Photos
Ibo's Facebook page is here:
Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:23 AM
Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:38 PM
Ibo's will be very handy for you.
Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:23 PM
Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:23 PM
It’s been a great time with most days spent at one of the many superb beaches around here and visits to exciting water parks.
It was, however, essential to give Ms dande a break from the domestic and culinary duties and we have eaten out on maybe 10 evenings – six of those at İbo‘s Cafe bar with up to 12 covers.
These evenings at İbo’s can only be described as faultless. Superb food beautifully presented, excellent service and (unusually in Çeşme in my experience) all meals served almost simultaneously.
Well done İbo, Hatice and other staff and friends for memorable evenings. Keep up the good work. Ms dande and I and all our family have really enjoyed their evenings with you and wish you continuing success for the future.
Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:02 PM