B: Efendy has undergone some renovations and we were invited to experience their beautiful range of authentic Turkish food. I’ve had Turkish desserts before, but not traditional dishes like what I had there – it was definitely a memorable dining experience.
We started off the night with some tektek shots ($5). Narsist Barcardi, pomegranate molasses, fresh mint and pomegranate in one, and Mastika Hendricks gin, mastic liquor, lemon and cucumber in the other.
Some cold meze were quickly followed. Pomegranate humus ($12) and babaganush ($12) accompanied with fresh pide bread ($2.5 each). The humus and babahanush was irresistibly smooth and just perfect with the fresh pide – I could eat this all day.
Lamb’s liver, red onion, sumac salad ($14). The liver was perfectly cooked – it was tender and had a beautiful spiced flavour.
Dried eggplant shells dolma, lamb, bulgar, sumac molasses ($16). This dish had a beautiful rich acidity that complemented the lamb inside.
Fisherman’s Stew ($18). It was a very hearty seafood dish, absolutely perfect for seafood lovers.
Lamb Loquat Kebab (seasonal) ($18). The lamb inside was tender with a beautiful fragrance and the acidity from the Loquat completed the dish. It was my first time trying Loquat, I found it sweet, acidic and a touch sour – quite nice.
Wild rocket, tomato, walnut, pomegranate, feta spoon salad ($10). My initial reaction to this salad was that it was no where near how I had imagined it to taste – it was packed full of flavour, just absolutely amazing.
Pastirma and kashar cheese pachanga borek ($8). These little fried cigars were crisp on the outside with a gooey cheesy centre.
Beef leaf kebap, iskender sauce, yogurt, pide ($20). Every bite you take out of this dish is a mouthful of meaty goodness but it did lack some texture as the exterior was a little soggy and soft.
Chopped lamb adana, pia, tomato salad ($18). This is like a Turkish BBQ on a plate – generous pieces of spiced lamb and drizzled with yogurt and a spicy sauce.
Veal kofte, white bean piyaz ($16). Another very meaty dish that was well combined with tomatoes, spices and a squeeze of lemon.
Dessert meze plate ($12). This plate included traditional baklava, pistachio and almond keskul and candied pumpkin. The baklava was flawless – I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad baklava though. The pistachio and almond keskul was topped with some light and fluffy persian fairy floss and was just heaven when combined. The candied pumpkin was very sweet, had a nice pumpkin aroma and a tender texture.
For me, Balmain itself is a trek to get to but I believe the trip to Efendy was absolutely worth it. The service is friendly, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable – there’s no reason not to go.
79 Elliott St Balmain NSW 2041
(02) 9810 5466
DISCLAIMER: The Lamstock dined as a guest of Efendy. Opinions are however, our own.