Sydney Tip for the weekend/Hakiki turkish ice cream and baklava
“Hakiki” is the name of a turkish café on Enmore Road that sells traditional turkish ice cream as well as baklava and turkish delight. It only opened a few weeks ago. If you haven’t planned anything for this weekend yet you should definitely check this place out. One really convenient thing about “Hakiki” is that it really doesn’t matter what the weather is like: If it’s warm – perfect! Go for the ice cream! If it’s cold – awesome! Get a few different sorts of baklava and grab a table in the corner of the café. It’s warm and cosy in there.
The turkish ice cream:
Turkish ice cream, also known as “Dondurma” or “Maras” (after the town of its origin) is made from milk, sugar, salep and mastic. Salep is a thickening flower made from orchid root and mastic a resin that is responsible for the kind of chewy consistency. Apart from that Turkish ice cream hardly melts.
The flavours are typical turkish. There is tahini, baklava, feta and melon, turkish delight, vanilla bean with coconut, caramellised fig with walnut and so on. My personal favourite so far is the tahini flavour. It is sooooo good.
The baklavas are little pieces of joy. They come in different variations as well. Apart from the traditional pistachio ones, there is an apple cinnamon one, a tahini grape molasse, a sour cherry and a walnut baklava. The apple cinnamon one tastes like a little apple strudel but my favourite one is again the tahini baklava.
One thing I noticed in general is that neither the ice cream nor the baklava is very sweet or heavy. For me that’s a big plus.
The staff is really lovely and nice. When we wanted to sit outside and enjoy the nice warm weather last Sunday they brought a table and two chairs outside just for us! Also, they always offer their customers to try the different sorts of ice cream first before ordering which I think is great since all the flavours look amazing!