Above Par has dedicated a new venue to their traditional Turkish sweets. Say hello to Malika Bakehouse!
There’s always room in our hearts and bellies for a new bakery in Sydney. Although it’s hard to live up to the lofty standards of Bourke Street Bakery, Rollers Bakehouse in Manly or Iggy’s Bread in Bronte, the team behind renowned CBD Middle Eastern restaurant Above Par are rising to the challenge. Malika Bakehouse is bringing something new to Botany with an entire bakery dedicated to showcasing traditional Turkish sweets.
The bakery fit-out can be best described as minimal with warm orange interiors. Choose your seat between booths, communal tables and the large outdoor area that’s perfect for the summer mornings. The space is rather inviting to perch up for a work meeting, catch up with friends over a Turkish coffee or settle in to have a quiet moment on your own so you don’t have to share your Baklava.
Behind the bench is a team of Turkish bakers, which means it’s about as authentic as you can get without visiting the country. You can pick up a selection of freshly baked pastries daily including traditional Borek (filled pastry made of thin flakey dough), Baklava (layered pastry dessert made of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey), Corek (salty-buttery seeded muffin) and Acma (a soft Turkish bagel which is an absolute must-try).
If you don’t want brown sugar for breakfast, you can pick up something more substantial from the breakfast and brunch menu. You can get Simit Sandwiches which is the national breakfast dish of Turkey, Menemen (Turkish one-pan eggs), Handmade Gozleme, or the Kofte Plate with Turkish Style Meatballs, Muhammara, Bulghur Rice and Lavash.
As far as coffee goes, Malika is competing with the best with 6 different brews available every day. You’ll be able to keep caffeinated and try a variety of Turkish coffee blends made in-house. You can also get your lips on something called Turkish Apple Tea.
At the heart of the bakery is authenticity and bringing a taste of real Turkey to Sydney. We’re all about this!
The cafe is opened Monday – Friday 5:30pm – 3pm, Saturday 7am – 3pm and Sunday 8am – 3pm so make sure to get down there and try it.