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Published July 2nd 2015
Head to Auburn for a Taste of Turkish Sweet & Savoury
My friends are always willing to go that extra mile for a good food adventure. When they found out Mado Cafe was a great weekend destination for some amazing Turkish sweet desserts, it was on their list of places to visit.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Our weekend Turkish Feast! Pretty good!


Driving down the streets of Auburn, I couldn't help but notice the diversity of the food culture. Unmistakably, the Turkish eateries that lined the streets stood out prominently.

Upon entering Mado Cafe I felt like I was in Istanbul. The cafe was heavy decorated with exquisite collections of Turkish handmade treasures and colourful artefact pieces. However, we were drawn to the exotic Turkish ice cream counter display at the front.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Gazoz $3.00


We ordered the Turkish lemonade - Gazoz ($3.00) out of sheer curiosity. It tasted a lot like a fizzy creaming soda, full of artificial sugar flavour.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Got to have chips with kebabs


We also got a bowl of fries to graze while browsing through the menu. We did not have any breakfast and we were famished. Luckily Mado Cafe also offers authentic savoury Turkish meal.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Fantastic eggplant appetisers


We got some Vegetarian Imam Bayildi ($13.90) to start. The eggplant disks were fried in olive oil and tasted extremely smokey. They were topped with sauteed vegetables and fresh parsley. It was a delicious side dish.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Mixed Shish Kebab Plate $21.90


I was keen to try a Mixed Shish Kebab Plate ($21.90), which consisted three skewers of meat. The lamb shish kebab was delicious with tender diced lamb marinated with authentic Mado spices and the adana shish lamb kebab was a satisfying solid lamb mince skewer. The meat were slowly cooked over coals and served on a stack of thin based Turkish bread, which soaked up the smoky flavour and juice from the meat.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Anatolian Chicken Plate $15.90


We also ordered a Anatolian Chicken Plate ($14.90) to share. The grilled chicken fillets were intensely flavoursome with Mado's authentic species and they were served with a refreshing side salad and rice. Personally, I found the chicken fillets were over-cooked and not as succulent as I liked, but my friends seemed to enjoy the dish very much. We were well-fed between the Mixed Shish Plate and the Anatolian Chicken Plate, and I was concerned that we wouldn't have much room for desserts.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Turkish Chocolate Ice Cream $4.50


My friend was keen to have a Turkish Chocolate Ice Cream ($4.50/ single serve) after the mains. Turkish ice cream is known as dondurma and it contains salep, a flour made from wild orchid tubers which create that stringy creamy texture.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Kesme Maras $7.50


I was attracted to the Turkish specialty Ice Cream - Kesme Maras ($7.50). I was determined to have 'the only ice-cream in the world eaten with a knife and fork.' The ice cream tasted chewy, stretchy and the melting point was low. It was quite refreshing and delightful to have after a full meal.

Mado Cafe is one place you should not leave without tasting a steaming cup of Turkish Salep ($4.50). The Turkish salep is an exotic Turkish drink perfumed with rosewater and garnished with cinnamon and ground pistachios.

Turkish Salep $4.50


It tasted a lot like latte, but better. The hot thickened milky drink was sweet and gave me a heart-warming taste sensation that was perfect with the Turkish desserts.

Mado, Cafe, Turkish, Auburn, Dessert, Salep, Kebab, Lamb, GMV, Cafe
Maras Sarma $2.50 - This is SO good!


Lastly, we ordered a Pistachio Wrap - Maras Sarma ($2.50) and the nutty baklava sweet delight was the perfect end to our Turkish food safari.
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Why? For authentic Turkish delights
When: 9am - 10pm
Phone: (02) 9643 5299
Where: 63 Auburn Rd, Auburn NSW 2144
Cost: $10 - $25 per person
Your Comment
The Kesme Maras and Maras Sarma sound wonderful. The latter is particularly good value.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12328) 1391 days ago
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