Located just a short, ten-minute walk from Newtown Station, Hakiki is a great place to stop by or meet up for dessert with friends. It’s a family-owned dessert bar that makes delights like traditional Turkish ice cream, baklava, Turkish coffee, teas and more!
We first visited Hakiki when they first opened in 2015. Now they seem to be busy every night and it can be hard to find a seat! It’s good to see that despite becoming more busy, their range has stayed the same.
They have a range of traditional Turkish sweets presented in beautiful glass jars, tempting you with their perfect arrangement and heavy dusting of brilliant white sugar.
The ice cream at Hakiki is made in the traditional Turkish style, leading to a very smooth consistency and creamy taste. If you love ice cream, you have to try their range. They also come in a wide variety of flavours that are sure to satisfy anyone’s taste. Just speak to one of the lovely staff and they’ll also explain what makes Turkish ice cream so special.
You’ll also find a range of baklavas and other Turkish pastries that looked delicious. We couldn’t resist the urge to order the pistachio baklava but we’d like to try the Apple and Cinnamon or Molasses & Tahini baklava in the future, both of which sound amazing!
In the end, we ordered the Pistachio Baklava, Turkish Fairy Floss (Halva), Apple Tea and Cinnamon Turkish Coffee. The Turkish fairy floss was very light and wispy. Not too sweet and made with sesame seeds, it had a very inoffensive flavour.
Turkish coffee tends to be very darkly roasted and brewed for a long time. What you get is a thick, almost medicinal brew that is quite bitter. The bitterness is so strong that even the cinnamon takes a backseat here! Drunk with a nibble of the Turkish Delight and followed by a sip of water, it goes down a treat! If bitter isn’t your thing, give the apple tea a try. brewed with apples and a lot of sugar; it might rot your teeth but it’s worth it!
The pistachio baklava was very crispy despite being soaked in sugar syrup. The layers upon layers of filo pastry melt in your mouth as they intermingle with the sweet pistachio crumble. I would say that this is one of the best baklava we’ve tried and it’s what keeps us coming back to Hakiki again and again.
Dessert cost us $14.50
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