Cafe Global, 373 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Having satisfied our desire for new, fresh reading material, the Consider The Sauce lads find ourselves kicking around a part of Sydney Rd we didn’t expect to be anywhere near come lunchtime.
We’ve tried Mediterranean Wholesalers, open to the idea of cheapo pizza slices and cannoli, but we find all the tables taken.
So we wander on.
There’s no hurry, I tell Bennie, and this is Melbourne – let’s let the Food Spirits guide us.
And so it is that we contemplate what looks to be – from the outside – just another drab inner-city bakery.
We get a delightful surprise when we step through the door – here’s a grand room done out in rococo style with an emphasis on red and gold, a pizza oven at the far end providing a clue to the premises’ previous incarnation.
He looks at me. I grin. We nod to each other – this is it, this is lunch.
These days this is Turkish territory.
Cafe Global, we are told, has been open about four months and has family connections to another, famous Sydney Rd Turkish establishment.
As such, Cafe Global has the dips ‘n’ kebab landscape covered, but we like the look of the place for home-style food potential.
That’s all a moot point for us, as we’re immediately captivated by the gozleme production process being undertaken just inside the front door.
The pastry is being rolled out using the traditional wooden pole and stuffed with goodies on the one side, the completed parcels being cooked on the other.
There’s four fillings available.
We leave the four-cheese-and-mint and capsicum-eggplant-mushroom-onion-parsley for another day, going with the lamb-parsley and cheese-spinach for $6 a throw.
Our lunch is insanely good.
The pastry is rich and buttery and light. The fillings are flavoursome, their spare lightness and delicacy providing plenty of impact without heaviness.
The service is a bit muddled – we get no bread to go with the avocado dip we ordered. But it tastes like a regulation, if very smooth, guacamole anyway.
And we don’t receive the two stuffed vine leaves we requested.
But this is all to the good, so well fed and well pleased are we with our gozleme - so slim, so cheap, so delicious.