A few weeks back, someone inquired about Turkish restaurants. I'd suggested A La Turka, as it was the only Turkish restaurant that I knew about, and also because my Turkish friends thought highly of it. Well, last week, several of us tried Cafe Demir. [This party included one of my Turkish friends, FWIW.]
All in all, we had a good meal. We split several orders of appetizers, then went our separate ways with the entrees.
After my Turkish friend conferred with the owner, here's what we settled on:
1. Hummus... a perfectly passable rendition. Ordered at the behest of our sole vegetarian diner. [Canned chickpeas, I'm sure.]
2. Sigara boerek... spinach/cheese phyllo cigars. Light, non-greasy. Nice, particularly the cheese.
3. Eggplant such-and-such... This was a simple "salad" prep. Sauteed eggplant slices covered in a thin yogurt sauce. Everyone enjoyed this dish thoroughly.
4. Lahmacun... ground lamb in a thin tomato sauce tops a pita-like bread. Served with a plate of raw, slivered onions for embellishment. Good, not great.
5. My girlfriend and I shared Karisik Izgara...a mixed kebab grill, which included cubed chicken, ground chicken, cubed lamb, and ground lamb. [My memory is a little foggy, but I think that's right.] This was served with rice and grilled vegetables. [The other members of our party stuck with particular kebabs...Izkender, etc.] This was plenty for two. Nice and simple.
6. Baklava...pistachio. Decent. There are better versions in town.
I don't think that there's much more to the menu. [I really didn't pay too much attention, as we essentially let the owner decide for us.]
We were seated outdoors, facing Southport. A perfectly pleasant arrangement, as yr in a courtyard somewhat removed from the street.
I wouldn't suggest coming down from the hills for this one, but I'm guessing it will satisfy the locals.
2964 N. Lincoln