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Published November 1st 2011
Oh, baklava. How I love thee in all your forms. Delicious diamonds carefully constructed from fine layers of pastry, interspersed with nutty goodness and drenched in sweet syrup. Crunchy-sweet cigars with subtle hints of rosewater and orange blossom. Birds-nest creations. You are too scrumptious for words.
So, readers, I beg you to enlighten me. What's the best example of this sticky indulgence that Sydney has to offer?
I agree with you, Abla's pastries in Granville is amazing. I went there with friends (we all have quite the soft spot for Lebanese sweets) and we were in heaven. They had such a huge variety, and everything was delicious! The lebanese grocer in Willoughby on Penshurst St does really nice Baklava too (the one that has the roasted nuts in the front of the shop), and it does REALLY good halva too!
NO WAY!!! i used to go to Ablas - like 5 yers ago - they were fantastic 5 years ago but seem to go downhill now...i dont knwo what happened....they are still 'ok' but just not the best. I normally go on 'hunts' for the 'best' of certain goods and i have honestly never tried any baklava better than El Rabieh in Punchbowl. OMG...amazing!!! if you like your baklava that has the perfect balance of soft and crunchy ratio - you HAVE TO TRY THESE...i have been everywhere and nothing compares to these baklava...its amazing!!
Hey are you all crazy? The photo in this article is of GREEK Baklava traditionally made with walnuts (and maybe some almond) and honey syrup and you are all referencing the middle eastern style sweet that is pistachio based and nothing like GREEK baklava - the real thing.
If you all really want to eat the very best, authentic baklava... Sweets of Lebanon in Bankstown, is absolutely second to none! That this from a food critic in training. Is the hidden gem on 212 south terrace bankstown, in south terrace plaza. Their sweets are an heavenly experience, freshness, harmonic balance, I'm will go as far to say, the best in Australia. This shop sends their sweets to the Lebanese embassy in Canberra and the Parliament on a monthly basis.
So people, make a trip and enjoy all that they have to offer from their baklava, Lebanese gelato, sweet cheese rolls with cream ( halawwet ajeban), Lebanese cheesecake ( kanairfa), petifor ( french style biscuits), biscuits with nuts or date centre ( maamul), cream cigars (zanood)...just to name a few. I'll guarantee that you will be able to taste the difference and for those that can not, well, lucky you because this is the place that will accustom your senses. You will be loyal customers from the first visit :•)
If you are really after the best Baklava in Sydney; you can't go past 'Al Afrah Pastry' at 751Punchbowl Road (had to look it up). The sweets are a perfect harmony of nuts, syrup and that all important crispy 'crunch' when you bite into the fluffy pastry. Absolutely worth the 40 minute drive I travel !
Tried the Lebanese baklava @El bahsa & Sons on Chapel Rd South. Tried a few of their items & was left pretty disappointed. Had left an unusual after taste in the back of my throat & after a few minutes was i glad it was gone! First time for everything & will be the last for me here.