Gözleme is a simple, satisfying filled flatbread from Turkey which has found its way to our markets and festivals….and now Goz City, Australia’s first gözleme store.
Before you turn your nose up at Turkish street food being given a permanent residence in Melbourne’s CBD, consider trying the gözleme being served at Goz City. I was invited to sample some of their menu and I can honestly say that Goz City’s gözlemes are the best gözlemes I’ve had in Melbourne. It’s all because of the incredibly crisp pastry they used to house the myriad of traditional and non-traditional ingredients.
When I asked Goz City owner Taylan Aksoy how they achieved that superb flakiness he told me that they stretch their dough as thin as possible then fold it over nine times so that the pastry is as delicate as filo. Folding the pastry over so many times also allows them to stuff more filling into the pocket.
Their method is unlike the gözlemes you might find from your nearest food truck or market stall, which are normally of a more bready texture and folded over only once.
Goz City’s small menu contains a couple of staples – cheese and spinach, spiced minced lamb, herbed chicken and mushroom and veg – and then every Thursday they experiment with specials, including the infamous ‘Ryan Goz-ling’ with a warm, rich filling of dark chocolate, strawberries and walnuts. My recommendation is to order one of the spicier fillings as I found the relatively bland fillings less interesting – although there’s always the option of adding hot sauce, chilli flakes and lemon juice to give your palate a kick.
The place is small as it mostly caters for takeaway trade. While you’re waiting I suggest you watch the theatre being performed in the front window as little old Turkish ladies expertly roll, knead, spin and fold dough then cook your gözlemes to order on the flat grill. When it’s busy there are two women in the window making dough and one lady flipping, making the production line quite entertaining for the suits of Collins Street.
Goz City is a family owned business (the pictures on the walls are of Aksoy’s grandparents having a laugh in the kitchen) and it’s clear that they care about what they do. I hope they do well as their gözlemes are a cut above your average festival fare and they are only $10 or $12 with a drink, making it a cheap, filling lunch. They also serve burek, salads and a few sweet treats but my recommendation is to order what their named for – the goz.