I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published July 16th 2012
Glicks is an institution within its own right as a bakery selling high quality kosher baked goods popular not only with the Jewish community but all those interested in the delights of the ever-popular bagel and other Jewish specialties available. These include a variety of pastries and artisan breads.
Glick's Cakes & Bagels began its days in the late 1960's with its initial owner being Mr Mendell Glick, who is in fact the father of the companies current CEO. The Glick family initially concentrated on servicing the Jewish community and provided delicious cookies and cakes and other such Kosher products, which proved to be a highly successful venture.
At this point, Mr Glick recollected the now infamous recipe for boiled bagels, which he happened upon after World War II and before long, the Sunday bagel trade was born. This initially spread to the Jewish community and into local delis and milk bars but subsequently the popularity spread to the various eateries within the Toorak area, setting trends by offering bagels on restaurant menus.
The Glicks I frequent, is located on Glenhuntly Road, and is widely popular in the area as a bakery and café. The bakery offers a wide range of products including bagels and rolls, breads and artisan breads, cakes and slices, savouries, dips and salads and biscuits.
The bagels themselves come in a wide choose of flavours, including classic plain, wholemeal - also available with the poppy seeds and sesame seeds, chocolate chip and blueberry. Also available are 'bake at home' bagels in packs of 4 or 6.
The breads are also a highlight, with my recommendation being the traditional Jewish challah eaten on Sabbath and holy days. This classic plaited bread comes in with sultanas or without, sweet, sour dough, or poppy seed. Try this delicious bread fresh from the bag or toasted at home with your favourite topping.
The classic egg dip is a perfect accompaniment for your bagel or chosen bread, as well as other traditional Jewish treats, including Gefilte fish (both fried and baked), which is made from baked (or fried) fish formed into logs that is sliced into servings and has a sweet taste.
The café menu includes your choice of bagels, breads or roll and favourite filling. Try timeless Vegemite or jam, avocado, cream cheese, egg, eggplant dip, cheese and gourmet salad or tuna. A unique 'pizza on pita' is worth mentioning, with toppings comprising tomato and cheese, grilled vegetables or olives, fetta, sundried tomato and spinach or smoked salmon.
Meals on offer consist of Blintze (and thin pancake with tasty fillings) and salad, Latkes (rustic potato pancakes) and salad or Pasty and salad to name a few.
Glicks also does fantastic catering with choices of breakfast, lunch or sweet platters and salad bowls – contact Glicks for further details.
As described by Mr Glick himself the reason for his success is, "Hard work, quality ingredients, attention to detail an eye for the market's needs, and bending over backwards to satisfy our customers".
So make sure you drop into Glicks for a classic bagel or something more unusual.