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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown

Turkish Delight turkish ice cream at Hakiki, Newtown

Chewy ice cream. That's the fastest way to describe dondurma, or Turkish ice cream, unique not only for its dense texture, but also for its prolonged ability to withstand melting, even in the summer heat. Its secret weapon is salep, found in the roots of a special type of orchid. They use it in every ice cream in the display counter at Hakiki, Newtown's newest dessert house, with flavours that run from Black Sea hazelnut to Turkish Delight to the wild sounding melon and feta.

Service counter at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown

Husband and wife team Nev and Zeyneb Bagriyanik are the force behind Hakiki, opening on Enmore Road in late April of this year. Nev is in charge of the dondurma, churning it by hand each day. He uses a traditional long paddles to stretch and pull the ice cream mixture, made from a blend of goat and cow's milk.

Turkish coffee ice cream at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Turkish coffee dondurma Turkish ice cream

The display cabinet offers a rainbow of flavours. Most customers are struck by indecision. Chirpy staff behind the counter are keen to offer tastings but - speaking from experience - that only tends to increase, not decrease, the number of flavours being considered.

Sour cherry baklava at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Sour cherry baklava

Wife Zeyneb is a qualified pastry chef, pumping out a range of baklava flavours not normally seen. That includes the likes of sour cherry, apple and cinnamon, and grape molasses and tahini alongside plain pistachio or walnut.

Turkish coffee cups at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Turkish coffee cup holders

Turkish coffee is brewed the proper way - in traditional copper pots. The strong and dark brew is then poured into tiny coffee cups set inside ornate coffee holders with lids. And sure you could stick with black or white coffee, but why would you when there are flavourings of chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon or mastic on offer?

Boiling kettles at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Kettles on the boil

If it's too late for caffeine, they do hot chocolates, Turkish tea, apple tea and salep, a popular hot drink of milk thickened with salep flour and dusted with cinnamon.

Baklava ice cream at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Baklava Turkish ice cream

But let's face it. It's all about that dondurma ice cream. Who cares if its the dead of winter? The night crowds still flock here. The promise of baklava ice cream will do that to you.

Pistachio, tahini and grape molasses, and melon and feta dondurma ice cream at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Pistachio; tahini and grape molasses; and melon and feta dondurma Turkish ice cream

The ice cream comes in three sizes: small ($4), medium ($6) and large ($8). The tahhini and grape molasses is studded with chunks of halva, a crumbly sweet made from sesame paste (tahini). Pistachio has an intense and natural nuttiness but its the melon and feta that has me going back for me - a wicked combo of rockmelon with feta cheese. The rockmelon really does taste like the real thing.

Turkish coffee, Black Sea hazelnut and cacao bean dondurma ice cream at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Turkish coffee, Black Sea hazelnut and 100% cacao bean dondurma Turkish ice cream

Turkish delight is a winner too, subtly nuanced with rosewater and in a blushing shade of pink. For stronger flavour hits, head for the bitter but good 100% cacao bean or the Turkish coffee that tastes like a super strong iced coffee. My absolute favourite so far, however, has been the Black Sea hazelnut, super fragrant with an eye-opening intensity of pure hazelnut.

The ice creams all hold their own when it comes to flavour, without any overriding sense of artificial flavouring or cloying sweetness. There's a terrific chewiness to it too, like the love child of creamy ice cream and a Japanese mochi rice cake.

Hakiki means "genuine" in Turkish. We reckon it's the real deal too.

Turkish coffee copper tins at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown
Turkish coffee copper tins

Turkish delight at Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream, Newtown

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Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream
63-71 Enmore Road, Newtown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8040 1676

Open daily 10am-11pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 7/23/2015 12:08:00 am


  • At 7/23/2015 8:36 am, Anonymous Bianca@forfoodssake said…

    The Baklava ice-cream is really really good!! So nice, there's another choice not too far away when the lines at 'Cow and the moon' are insane!

  • At 7/23/2015 9:38 am, Anonymous Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts said…

    These sounds so delicious - you had me at black sea hazelnut :P

  • At 7/23/2015 12:31 pm, Anonymous Hotly Spiced said…

    It's fantastic how they've found a way to stop the ice cream from melting so quickly. And it's from an orchid! Who would have come up with that! I do like how this is chewy ice cream and I'd love to try the Turkish Delight. I also like how this is made from a blend of goat's milk and cow's milk - can't wait to try this! xx

  • At 7/23/2015 1:20 pm, Anonymous Monique@The Urban Mum said…

    This could just be the spot that drags me away from my Messina addiction. Ice cream that doesn't melt too quickly, is chewy AND offers a side of Baclava and Turkish coffee...Yup you've got me very, very interested. Thank you for the heads up...xx

  • At 7/23/2015 9:04 pm, Blogger Vivian - vxdollface said…

    ooh melty and chewy like mochi, that sounds interesting

  • At 7/23/2015 9:05 pm, Anonymous Alex said…

    loved this place when I was back in Sydney. I had the plain salep flavour and the Baklava one each time. I might be tempted to diversify next time!

  • At 7/24/2015 7:32 am, Anonymous John | heneedsfood said…

    These guys sure are a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, especially since a certain other frozen dessert place nearby requires a lot more waiting time.

  • At 7/24/2015 10:50 am, Anonymous Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said…

    What a dream place to visit. I have never eaten Turkish ice cream but I'm dying to head south to try it!

  • At 7/24/2015 4:06 pm, Anonymous Nickinoodlehead said…

    Looks fabulous....since returning from Turkey in April we have really missed the icecream, tea and pastries! You have just solved our yearning. Newtown here we come!

  • At 7/24/2015 5:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    have never tried anything like this! I wouldn't know where to start, flavour-wise. what a great story -- you learn something new every day!

  • At 7/24/2015 10:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Turkish delight and that baklava look so good!

  • At 7/25/2015 6:27 am, Anonymous Martine @ Chompchomp said…

    Chewy ice cream?! I love the sound of this. I am not normally that mad about ice cream in part because I don't like the texture, but if it was less melty it would be soo much more delicious.

  • At 7/25/2015 11:35 pm, Blogger Von said…

    I've always wanted to try Turkish ice cream after seeing the Turkish ice cream stores in Asia where they do the really awesome show before they serve it. I'm guessing this one doesn't come with the show, but I'm quite intrigued about the texture and the flavours sound amazing too!

  • At 7/26/2015 12:14 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    That looks awesome! I've always wanted to try dondurma ice-cream, ever since I read about it in a travel magazine. It's so cool that there's a place in Australia selling it now! :)

    That intense coffee ice-cream sounds right up my alley :)

  • At 7/26/2015 6:45 pm, Anonymous missklicious said…

    sour cherry baklava sounds divine!

  • At 7/27/2015 12:25 am, Blogger Cassie | Journey From Within said…

    Ice cream in winter is the best thing! :D
    You had me at baklava !!!

  • At 10/05/2015 2:18 pm, Anonymous Cindy (a foodie's joy) said…

    Love the look of the different options! On a hot summer's day, I could have scoops of the flavours!


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