Gelgör Cag Kebap (Sakir Usta)
This place was recommended to me by Turkish VT member revontulet. I decided to give it a try as the dish Cag Kebap is said to be originated from the Erzurum Province. It consists of special marinated slices of lamb, which are piled on a spit (cag) and horizontally cooked in front of an open fire.
From the outside the Gelgör restaurant looks kind of inconspicuous, but it is quite large, clean and modern inside. I didn't recognise any other tourist, but many local people who enjoyed their dinner here.
For me it was interesting to see that they don't have a menu, as the only available dish is Cag Kebap anyway. So as soon as I had taken a seat, the waiter brought the side dishes consisting of salad, different kind of sauces and bread. To drink I ordered Ayran, which the local people also drank with their meal.
The waiters didn't speak any English, but it wasn't too difficult to understand the procedure. As soon as the open kitchen had prepared some lamb spits the waiter distributed them from a plate to the people at the tables. As soon as I had finished one, the waiter came and brought a new lamb spit until I said that I was full. All in all I ate 4 Cag Kebap.
There is also just one desert available. It is Kadayif Dolmasi, which is a kind of deep fried pastry filled with unsalted cheese and a mixture of nuts.
The Cag Kebap and the Kadayif Dolmasi were absolutely delicious and I can say that this was the best meal on my trip. The bill listed the following prices: 7,50 TRY for one Cag Kebap, 6 TRY for the Kadayif Dolmasi and 3 TRY for the Ayran. The side dishes were free of charge. Compared to my other dinners in Eastern Turkey this restaurant visit was slightly more expensive, but for me it looked like that the quality of the food was also a bit better.
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Around Yakutiye Medrese there is a teagarden. It is a very peaceful place to sit down in for a rest. There are not only men here but many women and families, and even woman sitting alone.
You can have tea, nescafe, dondurma etc.
Children who wants to sell things ar polish your shoes sometimes cruise past the tables.
Erzurum Evleri consists of several traditional Turkish houses, which were converted into an interesting mixture of a restaurant and a museum. I was taken here by some local students who met me by chance in the city centre near the Lala Pasha Mosque.
They were quite happy to show me Erzurum Evleri, which is packed with Ottoman memorabilia especially all kinds of historic household goods. We had to put plastic protection over our shoes to enter the museum part of the restaurant.
Apart from the several museum rooms, there is also an outdoor terrace and a sort of hall for events with Turkish music. We had some Turkish tea and a few snacks together. I can't comment on the prices as I got invited by the students, which was another demonstration of Turkish hospitality.
On the internet I read that the menu offers a wide selection of Turkish dishes. Also it looks like an entrance fee of 2 TRY has to be paid, but I don't remember us paying anything to enter the place.
- Budget Travel
Restaurants in Erzurum are...
Restaurants in Erzurum are mostly segregated affairs...in other words, there is a room for men, and a family room out of sight in the back for groups including women. Sometimes it is not always clear which sections are which, so always wait to be seated rather than parking yourself in the wrong section. The food however is the same food as you'll find in the rest of Turkey, with one or two concessions to the 'East' (some of the kebabs tend to be spicier, and you might be lucky and find hummus on the menu)). The main street, Cumhuriyet Caddesi, has several eating places, all fairly similar to one another, and all relatively cheap. For more expensive dining, there is supposedly a great restaurant inside a restored Han, but I never found it.
Erzurum Old Houses: Great food in an incredible place
We thought we had seen everything in Erzurum until we found this place. Eight old houses have been merged together to make the most amazing restaurant. Loads of rooms full of things hanging on the walls. Cosy corners and attics with hundreds of cushions and great food and a simple menu. One of us was vegetarian and was immediately accommodated (good English). I'm sure a couple of the occupants had been in that fireplace since the 60s. And the first nargile in Erzurum! How we dragged ourself out I have no idea.
Favorite Dish: Tunder kebab? Melt in the mouth beef
A couple of doors down from the Esadas hotel: Wow such cakes!
Fantastic cake shop. Try the chicken semolina rice pudding thing (although I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't kept thinking CHICKEN?!?)
Nothing else is weird, by the way, just great, great value cakes