Had dinner at Efendy in Balmain on Friday – Loved it! Somer the owner was very friendly, generous and of course knew his Turkish stuff. Food was fantastic, very interesting and tasty dishes, all with a heartwarming feel to them. The restaurant itself was lovely too, as was the service – warm, professional and attentive. You walk into the spacious courtyard area where you can sit outside on a nice day, and see the Efendy bar on your right, and then walk into the multi-level restaurant with authentic decor all around.
True Turkish cuisine and atmosphere – delicious cold mezes, hot mezes, main meals and dessert platters, all very unique to the Australian food scene. Fantastic Lamb, Beef, Touches of yoghurt and spices, Aromatic Nutty rice, and accompaniments that stood out, such as the Ahirdagi Salata (pictured) – Finely chopped salad of tomato, cucumber, red onion, walnuts, pomegranate…
At the “Mey” Efendy bar you can enjoy cocktails with a Turkish touch, aperitifs, digestives, cigars and a variety of boutique European and Australian wines by the glass before or after your dinner at the lower floor.
Efendy Restaurant http://www.efendy.com.au/
Corner Elliott St (no. 79) and Darling St, Balmain. Strongly recomended if you’re in Sydney, check this place out and get a real taste of Turkey – you won’t be disappointed 🙂 Fantastic vegetarian selections as well 🙂 Also open for Lunch and Breakfast. Tel: (02) 9810 5466. Also another Efendy review by a friend http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/search/label/Efendy
First up on Friday was Turkish bread, Olive Oil and Dukkah, along with Saksuka – Traditional sauteed potato, zucchini, eggplant with mint yoghurt. Turkish bread was excellent texture, moist and tasty. Saksuka was delicious combination, great starter especially when drinking. Also had some Beef medallions sprinkled with Spring Onions on something really nice containing egg, mayo and onion.
Main dishs: Kuzu Tandir – 7 hour brasied Bultarra Saltbush Lamb shoulder, aromatic baldo rice, currant and pinenuts pilaf, pickled winter vegetables. Everything yum, aromatic rice was lovely, lamb cooked well but not overdone or dry at all. And another meat dish (couldn’t remember the name), but equally delicious with yoghurt, potato and spices underneath. Accompanied by Ahirdagi Salata (pictured) – Finely chopped salad of tomato, herbs, cucumber, red onion, walnuts, pomegranate… Quite refreshing, but also brought out the flavours of the main meals. Pomegranate was a lovely addition, giving astringency from the fruit with a subtle hint of sweetness – Perfect with meat.
Dessert (picture courtesy of SimonLeongDesign) – consisted of Burnt Cinnamon Mastic Pudding, Nut Ice cream and Turkish Fairy Floss, which is slightly thicker and heavier than normal machine-at-a-fair fairy floss – really nice! Ice cream was Delish! Nutty and delicate (not pictured). Mastic Pudding was very interesting, thick, gum-like texture, that just dissolved in the mouth, really enjoyed it. Also accompanying was Strawberry Pomegranate tea – I was slightly skeptical at first thinking it would be sweet and sugary, but it wasn’t. Really delicate astringency with the strawberry flavour. Will be back for sure!