Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream and Baklava Newtown is located on the eastern end of enmore road (near oportos/stinking bishops) and one of the newest edition to the stretch. It’s becoming way more foodie centric than King Street. We’re kind of going ahhh as we walked in and perused their selection. It wasn’t just a couple of weeks back that we wandered into Pagoto and wish there was something like it in the hood. It’s not greek gelato but something special like a Turkish ice creamery is pretty naff.
A quick look around the venue – there’s turkish delights, baklavas, sarma, borek, turkish coffees and also a couple of juices to be had here. To the front there’s hand churned ice cream stations; and in the middle a more conventional looking gelato/icecream display cabinet.
We opt for a double scooper ($6) and single serve ($4) – (L) grape molasses and tahini was like interestingly challenging garnering a “wtf” reaction when tasted but developed into a complex delicious treat. (middle) pomegranate is sticky delicious goodness that sat better with us than cow and moons. (R) Their melon and feta is creamy and had the flavours of honeydew and feta. Of particular note about the ice cream here; being turkish – there is a sticky gummy qualtiy to the texture which is reminiscent of what we had at Cafe Mado in Auburn – where the stickiness and chewiness stemmed from the orchid roots and mastic.
“Two qualities distinguish Turkish ice cream: texture and resistance to melting. Inclusion of the thickening agents salep, a flour made from the root of the Early Purple Orchid and mastic, a resin that imparts chewiness.”
We were very happy with our visit to Hakiki. For a tenner, we had plenty of icecream and it was pretty delicious. Can’t go wrong with Hakiki. This is going to our stomping ground.
When something this good is in the burbs, you’ll head back in and we do. We ask “what’s a plate”? Well, to the side, they have the handchurned icecream which gives the Turkish Ice Cream a different feel, its harder and colder and tastes just that bit different.
Sour cherry and Pistachio out of the cabinet. The mastic in the Hakiki icecream gives it that good stretchy feel and the flavours are pretty spot on. Loved these 2.
We also picked up a cup of Hakiki’s turkish coffee (this was cardamon). It came with a bite of turkish delight – smokey and rich.
We’re been back to Hakiki many many times over the last couple of months and its a real favourite venue of ours. The ice cream is always great and we love it every time.
Today, we pop in and on top of the ice cream, we opted to try all their Baklava. We’re not big fans of baklava, finding them to be generally way too sugary and sweet. Happy to report that Hakiki’s Baklava’s are really quite nice – and not overtly sweet with the cherry and apple cinnamon iterations tasting really quite like cherry and apple pie. Lovely.
Top Left (Walnut, Grape Molasses Tahini (its like their rather peculiar but interesting icecream but in baklava form, Pistachio)
Bottom Left (Sour Cherry Baklava, Apple Cinnamon and Rhubarb Baklava).
$9/3 serves. Yes, everything here is good. Also, the turkish tea? Nice.
Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream and Baklava
63-71 Enmore Rd Newtown, NSW 2042