Italian, Turkish and Greek Food Trail

1. Loukoumades at The Greek Corner 

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Think of Loukoumades as Greek Doughnuts, its dough pastries made into a ball which is then deep fried before being soaked in Sugar or Honey, Cinnamons & Nuts. 

It was a mixed contrast of flavours – the exterior was crunchy, the inside was fluffy and airy, the Honey was light in sweetness and the touch of Cinnamon and Nuts further adds richness to the flavours. If you are looking for a light street food dessert, then this is the spot.

Chatswood Mall Market, Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

 

2. Spinach, Beef and Cheese Gozleme at Gozleme King 

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Gozleme is a savoury unleavened flatbread from Turkey. It is usually stuffed with various toppings like Cheese, Spinach, Beef & Lambs which is then sealed and fried in a hot pan. You often see an older woman preparing the dough and toppings right in front of you. This is one of the reasons we were attracted to Gozleme in the first place, it's our fascination to see something being made right in front of our eyes.  We had Spinach, Cheese and Beef Gozleme. The pairing of the toppings was impeccable, the cheese was generous which became the predominant flavour, the mince beef provided a tender savoury contrast. If you love European food, this is a great street food choice at the Chatswood Mall Markets.

Chatswood Mall Market, Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

 

3. Quattro Formaggi Pizza at Arlecchino on the Road 

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If there is one Italian dish that has integrated itself into the world, its Pizza. In Sydney we always look for places that sell authentic Italian pizza. We think there are 5 components to an authentic Italian Pizza – the base, the sauce, the cheese, the toppings and of course the chef.

Tucked in the buzzling Chatswood Mall Market is Arlecchino on the road. What caught our eyes was the portable woodfire pizza oven that was creating a cheesy aroma from few stalls down and immediately we knew this was a spot we had to try. We had the Quattro Formaggi, a 4 kind of cheese pizza – Mozzarella, Scamorza, Gorgonzola, Parmesan. The base was thin with a Smokey aftertaste and the cheese combination provided a unique wave of flavours in your mouth that keeps you biting for more.

Chatswood Mall Market, Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

 

4. Tiramisu at Spago 

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Did you know Tiramisu in Italian means “pick me” or “cheer me up”. This is probably one of the most iconic Italian desserts – it is made using ladyfingers biscuits dipped in frangelico and coffee, and then layered with whipped mixtures of sugar, eggs and Mascarpone cheese. Once done the top is dusted with cocoa powder. The result is this delicious layered dessert that is rich in flavour and has an airy pillow texture. The sweetness is subtle and the bitterness is just right from the coffee and cocoa powder. There are a few places in Chatswood for Tiramisu, this one we tried is from Spago.

316 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

 

5. Gnocchi Gorgonzola at Pellegrini's Italian 

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Gnocchi (pronounced NYOW-kee) is a classic Italian potato dumpling and has a long history in classic European cuisine. They are light, chewy and full of potato yet by itself the taste is bland like pasta, but the differences come in when you add seasonings and sauces to create different types of dishes. There are so many Gnocchi variations, this one we tried is “Gnocchi Gorgonzola” – Gnocchi in creamy sauce, with parmesan and some walnuts.

Chatswood Place, 13/260 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

 

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