A visit to Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream is always an enjoyable experience with thoughtfully developed Turkish-inspired flavours that can’t be had elsewhere in gelato form, let alone in dondurma form.
A small cup ($5) comes with two flavours, and the staff are happy for you to sample before committing to a flavour in a cup.
Their Caramelised Fig & Walnut delivered on the sticky fruity sweetness of caramelised figs with a chewy dried cube of fig in each scoop giving an extra fig flavour, while the walnut was pleasantly nutty and the very slight bitterness associated with walnut skin balanced out the sweetness of the fig.
The bright notes of rosewater in the Turkish Delight was a pleasantly palate-cleansing flavour. Each scoop had a chunk of red toffee like candy, which I’d thought was Turkish delight but was chewy and sweet without a rosewater flavour. The texture of the Turkish Delight ice cream had much more chew than the Caramelised Fig & Walnut.
The texture of the Turkish Delight ice cream had much more of the chewiness of dondurma than the Caramelised Fig & Walnut as seems to be the case with their less creamy flavours.
A later visit saw us not being able to go past the Turkish Delight and pairing it with another floral water flavour: Orange Blossom. The orange blossom flavour is far less pronounced than the Turkish Delight, with pops of noticeable floral flavour coming from the intensely orange swirls and the candied orange rind. Overall, it tastes like a vanilla ice cream with refreshing and light orange swirls.
We try another two baklavas after a peek at their pastry cabinet.
This is the Sour Cherry Baklava ($4.00). The layers of pastry were deliciously buttery and moist with the sour cherry jam, which was pleasantly sweet and not at all sour.
And because I enjoy their tahini and molasses ice cream so much, I try their Tahini and Molasses Baklava ($4.00). This had an intense savoury nuttiness from the sesame, although it was much drier than the sour cherry and would’ve benefited from being more syrupy.
For some reason, I thought their Rosehip Tea ($4.50) would not involve a tea bag. That it did for that price was disappointing, but I’m glad to see that they at least use Dogadan, a Turkish brand whose Apple Tea I enjoy immensely. This rosehip had pleasant earthy flavour with a gentle acidity that was balanced by the sugar cube, recalling the flavour of beetroot.
Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream is at 1÷63−71 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042