Are you a gözleme convert yet? Let’s just say if you are a fan of the humble cheese toastie – you are going to love gözleme. Gözlemes are traditional Turkish pastries made out of rolled dough, brushed with butter and egg wash and filled with a variety of different toppings which all involve cheese – and then grilled.
Now you can get gözleme in the city thanks to the recently opened Göz City – just off William street. The gözleme ($10) are all freshly made in store by the owners mother and it was the sight of the gözleme being rolled out in the window which first caught my eye.
There are different combinations of gözleme on sale each day. My favourite is the traditional cheese and spinach. It has the perfect contrast between the gooey cheese and crisp pastry. Served with a squeeze of lemon juice on top it’s a great Winter lunch.
There is also a small selection of Ottolenghi-esque salads ($6 small and $10 large), Turkish pastries and some seriously good Turkish Delight. I’d like to see real lemon to squeeze on the gözleme rather than the bottled lemon juice and the queuing and ordering system needs a little work. But, Göz City is certainly a step up from your standard CBD sandwich shop and cheese toastie.
Details: Göz City, 502 Little Collins St, Melbourne (Ph 03 9041 5667)
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve. It’s hard to spend more than $15 here.