Brunch at Turkish restaurant Fatma’s Kitchen in the Rosnay Golf Club in Auburn is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. The restaurant’s decor is authentic and elegant and incorporates a few touches that will immediately transport you to some magical room in some Ottoman palace. The colourful tea cups, shisha sets, divans, dark brown tables and chairs are all reminders of chef Fatma Tas’ native country.
Making a choice among the many morning offerings proved to be difficult so we decided to try the Anatolian breakfast ($25 per person). She started us off with a spread of typical Turkish sweet and savoury breakfast staples: pastrami, feta cheese marinated with oregano in virgin olive oil, vintage cheddar cheese, chilli parmesan cheese, garden fresh tomato wedges, freshly picked baby cucumber slices, Fatma’s homemade jam selections (orange, strawberry, sour cherry and fig), honey comb, helva (sesame seed paste), tahin-pekmez mix (boiled grapes), Turkish olives (black and green), dried and simit (sesame covered Turkish bagel) and toasted wood fired oven Turkish bread.
If you’ve never had honey and butter, I can almost guarantee that you will fall in love with combination. It is an absolute delight.
The generous spread was then accompanied with two hearty dishes; an egg and vegetable cassolette called menemen made with free range eggs and sojouk (Turkish spicy salami) and grilled hallomi served in a butter tray. The egg and vegetable cassolette cooked in a lovely sophisticated metal dish was exquisite but my favourite was definitely the haloumi cheese cooked in a tray of butter, served in a very light base mixture of water and vinegar. The profundity of flavours and heartiness made these dishes the perfect comfort meal to start off an active Sunday.
The sun shining outside over the green grass and trees in the club and the colourful decor paired with the sophisticated flavours certainly put a smile on your face.
The tahin-pekmez mix spread for example, is so simple to make and yet so delicious. It’s something that Turkish parents would feed their children before sending them to school in the mornings. It reminded me of early mornings, home, fresh Turkish bread or simit (sesame bagel)and how the humblest of ingredients can become a feast when shared with loved ones. Perhaps you too can share this lovely brunch with your loved ones this weekend.
If you’re looking for a unique kind of brunch, one that will transport you to the kitchens and breakfast tables of Anatolia and make you discover a new cuisine, then go right ahead to Fatma’s Kitchen this weekend for a delightful sunny breakfast you won’t soon forget. And guess what? The menu won’t break your bank!
Fatma’s Anatolian Kitchen is located in Rosnay Golf Club at 5 Weymouth Avenue, Auburn.
[address]5 Weymouth Avenue, Auburn NSW[/address]
[phone]0478 102 378[/phone]
Tuesday and Thursday : 10am – 2pm
Friday and Saturday : 9am – 9pm
Sunday : 9am – 6pm
UPDATE: According to the website, the restaurant is closed. [17/03/2016]