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Published March 3rd 2018
If you haven't tried gozleme, now is the time
Normally we associate Turkish food with kebabs, pide and the like, however many years ago, I ate at a small "hole in the wall" type of eatery, and I had gozleme.
At the time, I had no idea what it was and saw others eating it and it looked good. It was a very thin large pancake, with various fillings in it, and cut into squares or triangles.
Many years later, I discovered that I had eaten gozleme, and that with our now diverse culture, there was usually at least one Turkish cafe in most suburbs, and indeed several in some suburbs.
Gozleme is, however, a traditional savoury Turkish flatbread and filled with various fillings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle.
I have therefore been on a quest to find out if some are better than others, and together with another gozleme lover, we have scoured the Northern suburbs and come up with the six that we both liked the best!
This is not to say that there are not others that are good, but it is just a physical impossibility to try them all.
I might also add that gozleme is an extremely cheap lunch as they are too big for one person, so we generally pay between $5 and $6 each for the meal, making it very affordable for many people.
So, I will make this a list of the ones we would highly recommend.
1. AL BASHA KEBAB CAFE
This cafe is in Mirrabooka and is run by genuine Turkish people as the majority are! It is very casual and just a block away from the multicultural Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre.
These gozleme were slightly different to others as the flat bread was thicker, and they used ordinary cheese and not feta.
At first, it did not look as if this one would be enough to share, however, the filling inside was thicker than the other places, and we could not fault it. It was made with mozzarella cheese, was stringy and delicious, and proved to be enough for lunch.
More cheese in this one!
This meal cost $10 and it is set off the road with ample parking. They are generally open from 9.30 am to 9 pm and staff are pleasant.
2. ALI BABA TAKEAWAY
Ali Baba was tucked away in a residential area, however it was surprisingly spacious, and the Turkish ladies in this shop were the most friendly ones we have come across.
View from across the street
They also have a wood-fired oven, where they make their pizzas and all their bread and lavash breads are baked in this traditional oven.
We had a combination gozleme here, which was spinach, leeks, spring onions, feta and mozzarella cheese with added chicken, and it was excellent. There is seating inside as well as a table outside, and it is air-conditioned.
They are situated at 114 Kooyong Road, in Rivervale, and it is a very busy shop where you can see them making your food. Ours cost $12.50 and once again, it was enough for two people.
Throwing the dough for our gozleme
3. STIRLING KEBABS - STIRLING
This Turkish cafe is in the Stirling Central Shopping Centre, and I think this is one of the best ones that we ate in. I have been back here several times and the last time we went, we had a mixture of a spiced potato, spinach and feta gozleme.
Most of these shops have a display board
This was just delicious, with an unusual and spicy taste from the potatoes. It is a very unassuming place with a few small tables you can eat at both inside and out. Cost was just $11.00 for the combination, and the shop is on the outside adjacent to Wanneroo Road.
4. ARARAT KEBABS - NEDLANDS
This kebab shop was in the Broadway Fair Shopping Centre at 88 Broadway, Nedlands (shop 6), and was packed with students as it is very close to the University.
Seating both inside and out
They had a variety of foods and our gozleme was once again very good, and cost $10.50.
Doesn't look big but it IS!
5. ABRA KEBABRA - DIANELLA
Abra Kebabra is just around the corner from where I live, and I have often had gozleme here for lunch on my way to work.
It is a fairly new large shop, they do deliveries over a certain amount, and their quality is consistently good. I always have the spinach and cheese gozleme at $11, and the shop is at 193 Walter Road West.
We always put lemon over our gozleme!
6. AND NOW FOR A HOME MADE GOZLEME
Now, if you like gozleme, and have tried some of the above list of places where you can eat very good gozleme, you can now make it at home, and it is EASY! Just click on this link.
Home made gozleme
The choice is yours - I choose both to eat it out and make it at home also.