Can Çekti is the subject of this review. A small – but packed with flavours – eatery nestled in a tight row of other unassuming foodie places.
‘Antep’ten Gelen Lezzetler,’ is their tagline. ‘Flavours From (Gazi)antep.’
And we’re on the street that is becoming a bit of a known address for serving its local neighbourhood well – Yerguzlar Caddesi.
The Çalış Sunday Market sets up on the squares parallel to Yerguzlar Caddesi so this is area is particularly busy on that day.
Can Çekti – Yerguzlar Caddesi
And recently, before our weekly food shopping trip at the market, we’ve been filling up and fuelling ourselves at Can Çekti.
Eateries that specialise in regional foods – especially the famous kebabs and dishes of the southeast of the country – are a bit of a fashion in Fethiye, these days.
The gastronomy of both Gaziantep and Hatay Provinces are recognised by UNESCO Creative Cities Network. And, since the horrendous earthquakes of February 2023, this recognition is all the more important.
So for us, at the moment, it’s little places like this that keep these areas in the forefront of our minds.
But, obviously, the food being served up has got to be decent!
Whilst we’ve (very sadly) never been to Gaziantep or Hatay, a fussy-eater Turkish friend has told us that the offerings at Can Çekti are indeed decent and authentic.
With any regional dishes produced outside of that area, a completely different geography and climate will mean some of the ingredients – including meat – will not taste quite the same.
We’d already said we’ve loved what we’ve eaten at Can Çekti – whether or not what we had eaten compared well to what is loved in Gaziantep was another matter.
But we’re happy with our friend’s confirmation, for now.
So, what of these Gaziantep foods that we love to enjoy along the main road of Yerguzlar Caddesi?
Course 2 – Lahmacun
First of all, the Gaziantep lahmacun.
How much Turkish lahmacun have we eaten over the years? Far more than we care to remember.
However, reviews for Can Çekti have raved over their lahmacun. So we had to give it a try. And we’ve been trying it since!
Lightly spiced meat topping, packed with flavour – and juicy, too.
An uber-thin dough base that is crispy, yet not too crisp that you can’t roll your lahmacun to eat it with your hands.
It’s served on a sheet of paper. A leafy salad on the table with fresh lemon wedges is there to accompany it.
A few crisp leaves, a squeeze of lemon. Roll the lahmacun and you’re good to go!
This has been washed down with a lovely ice cold carton of ayran yoghurt drink and has been the second course of our little outings to Can Çekti.
Course 1 – Beyran Çorbası
First course has been the famous Gaziantep beyran çorbası.
Until a few years ago, we’d only ever read about beyran çorbası – a soup made from the meat of lamb neck, lamb fat, stock and rice.
Famous in Gaziantep, it’s apparently eaten for breakfast.
Well, it’s more of a tasty lunch for us.
When your order it, you’ll be asked if you want it acılı (hot – of the spicy variety). Yes, we do!
Strips of pide bread, salad leaves and lemon wedges are brought to your table.
And then, a few minutes later, the waiter will very carefully head towards your table, carrying a steaming hot metal bowl of beyran soup.
Do NOT touch the bowl – unless you want to burn your fingers, that is. Your soup has been heated over the hob in this metal bowl.
Whilst your soup is still super hot, you can dip your strips of pide bread in to enjoy some of the flavours until it cools down a little.
I love to swirl my bread around, mixing in the zesty sumac that’s sprinkled over the top and bringing small chunks of lamb meat and rice to the surface.
And then, once your soup gets to eating temperature, it’s time to delve in with the spoon.
It’s a real bowl of comfort. And it’s so easy to imagine how much Gaziantepli people must miss it when they’re away from home.
Other Offerings At Can Çekti
Put simply, Can Çekti is a small roadside cafe with just a few tables.
It’s reasonably priced and a great place to just drop into for a lunch whilst you’re doing your shopping or other errands along that stretch.
It’s got competition. There are a few places we love to drop into for a snack or a meal along that road.
But, it’s doing its own thing of Gaziantep-style meaty treats. And it’s doing it well.
Long may they stick around!
Can Çekti – Useful Information
- Can Çekti is along Yerguzlar Caddesi between Fethiye centre and Çalış. They’re just across the road from Gustorante (see map below).
- It is open year round, daily, til late.
- The salon is neighboured by a baklava and künefe cafe on one side (great for dessert) and a fishmonger on the other.
- You can also eat at the fish place and this is the place where we buy our smoked fish for smoked trout pate.
- Can Çekti is a small cafe serving quality food – alcohol is not served here.
- They also have a delivery service.
- Visit our page for other places where we like to eat and drink around Fethiye.