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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.