We ate at Cem & Can on our second visit to the fish market. We had eaten at Hilmi the previous week and thoroughly enjoyed it, so we didn't know if we were doing the right thing by trying somewhere else but we were steered in the direction of Cem & Can by the fishmonger we bought our king prawns and red snapper and he really did us a favour!
On being seated, the waiter tried to sell us various hot and cold meze but we asked for the basic salad and bread for 8TL.
When the food started coming out, we knew that this was going to be even better than our first meal at the fish market. The salad was absolutely gorgeous, fresh, colourful, tasty and a larger portion than we'd had before and included a side plate of fresh peppery leaves, everything garnish with segments of sweet juicy lemons. The bread was hot, tasty and served with a gorgeous oil infused with garlic, chilli and a variety of herbs. Gorgeous.
The prawns were cooked beautifully in chilli oil and garlic and the red snapper was grill to absolute perfection. The fish had a crispy skin, a lovely barbecue taste and soft and moist flesh. Despite buying slightly too much fish (awkward as we were a party of 3 and a red snapper is enough for 2.....so we bought 2 red snappers! Better to have too much than not enough!), we ate it all up with great enthusiasm!
A great experience, we will definitely go back one day!
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