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At first, I wasn't sure what I was getting into but that had never stopped me from trying something new. And so, I had a gozleme, and then a baclava, and the grand finale was a tiny cup of black tea aka Turkish tea. Now let me tell you all about that first experience of having a gozleme and how it's now become a weekly must-do. From the pictures displayed prominently, I decided it must be good because it looked stuffed with filling yet soft and limpid.
There were vegetarian and meat options for the filling, and I chose vegetarian at that time as it was Lent and this was the year I was going to see that through. But guess what, Lent is come and gone, and I'm still hooked on the Veggie Fix filling. I once tried the peri peri chicken and was left craving the veggie filling. What's wrong with me? I know there's mushroom, capsicum, onions, and plenty of feta cheese. I can taste the olives too and I love that. But there's spinach which I abhor but chomp on happily when it's in a gozleme.
Now that baclava is worth rhapsodising. I used to go around looking around for the best baclava I could lay my hands on. Not anymore. I have found my prize baclava and it's at Gozleme Co at Pacific Epping. It's sweet, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth with the syrupy filling soaking it through yet not dripping down and making a mess. They have a chocolate filling in one and that's what I go for unless sold out. It's the perfect ending to a gozleme meal and satisfies your hunger as well as your crazy cravings leaving you feeling well-fed and pleased with the world.
For those that would like some meat in their gozleme, they have BBQ chicken with mushroom and feta, beef mince with onions and feta, Moroccan lamb with aromatic spices, sucuk which is traditional Turkish sausage, as well as peri peri chicken. Vegetarian options other than my veggie fix include cheese and spinach and potato and spinach. Looks like they're on a mission to feed you healthy food. On a couple of occasions, I have shared a Turkish breakfast with a whole lot of exciting ingredients including sucuk, egg, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and mushroom if I remember right. But I figure it's a bit much for a quick meal and so that leaves me with my usual.
This Gozleme joint just goes on
The location of Gozleme Co in Pacific Epping is perfect. It's bang opposite Cotton On and facing an entertainment area where kids' entertainment programs are staged over school holidays. I have watched Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, Zoo, and Dinosaurs come and go while enjoying a fabulous gozleme and sipping Turkish tea. The staff serves you the food with minimal fuss and then leave you alone to do your thing. They are friendly and courteous and quick with everything. I have been to other ones that didn't really do much for me and predictably enough they vanished after a few months. But this one at Pacific Epping looks set to stay and with good reason too.
And I do this faithfully every week. And why not? Besides the awesome goodness and taste, it's also real value for money at $10 for a big fat gozleme and a cup of black Turkish tea. If you feel weak and order a baclava you still make change from $15. And the meal sits well in your belly and does not try to push up or go down too swiftly as is sometimes the case when I try something new.