Canim means “my dear” and “cigerim” means “my liver”, but actually it is an expression for describing the beloved one.
Liver is very common food in Turkish cuisine. It is eaten fried, grilled or cooked. Canim Cigerim serves it on the shish as grilled. If you do not eat liver –like me-, they also have lamb shish. But there is not any other choice.
When you sit in this restaurant (it is very small and very popular, so you are lucky if you find a table) waiters start to bring some plates to your table without asking: One full of fresh mint, one with parsley, one with fresh onions with sumac, one with “acili ezme”, a type of pinched tomatoes, parsley and onion salad and another one with grilled tomatoes, pepper and onions. After that they ask you about your order (meat or liver) and preferred drink. We usually drink “ayran” or “salgam suyu” with meat. But you can choose other beverages like coke or juices.
Actually this kind of serving is a tradition in Adana (a south-eastern city of Turkiye), but rare in Istanbul.
Favorite Dish: All salads and meat.
This restaurant is serving skewed liver and meat with lots of side dishes as appetizers. The skewed liver is a specialty from Mersin which is located on Southeast of Turkey. The owner comes from there and makes sure that the quality of their specialties is as well as Mersin.
Favorite Dish: Skewed liver which is called "Ciger Sis" is the specialty here. Also they serve some local appetizers suzh as "Acili Ezme" and a local drink "Salgam"
Right down the street from where I used to work. I loved going here! Order from grilled beef, liver, or chicken. U get the skewers, the bread, the grilled veggies, and you put them together with whatever spices you want. Get a cup of Ayran too - the perfect drink for the occaision.
And the guys that work there are great!
Favorite Dish: 50 - 50. Half beef, half chicken. Oh I'm hungry just thinking abou it...