Last year in November the Run4Fun was held at Olympic Park. A few of my work mates participated, along with over 6000 other participants, altogether raising over $114,000 for organisations across the country, including The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
My friends Mary and Paul and I, of course, had every intention of participating, until we discovered we'd have to wake up at 5am to get there on time.
HELL NO. On a Sunday?
Of course, we still participated in the celebratory breakfast at Efendy. Our athletes arrived tired, worn-out and thirsty, so we ordered drinks straight away. The wild orchard powder in this drink had a sweet, earthy flavour that was emphasised by the nutmeg and cinnamon, and the salep ice-cream gave some body to the drink.
This iced coffee had a weaker coffee taste than I'm used to, but the inclusion of crushed sour cherries injected their own unique flavour to the drink.
My Turkish Delight smoothie was awesome! Salep icecream was blended with rose syrup, small bits of chewy Turkish Delight, and almond flakes to create a cool, sweet drink with a silky texture.
We ordered a board full of pide to go with our meals. They're made in house, and have a sort of authentic, rustic look to them. Apparently what we normally call pide is actually called "lahmacun"; the pide we received was what we'd call Turkish bread, and had a solid, wood-fired base and a dense interior.
These were quickly gobbled up, and with good reason: the pastirma (air-dried beef) reminded me of prosciutto, except a bit less salty and more tender; the kashar cheese (a hard, sheep's milk cheese) melted beautifully, lending its ripe flavour. These were fried in parcels of filo pastry until golden brown.
The gozleme were big, chunky triangles of thick dough filled to the brim with spinach and feta. They were supported by a little pot of olive tapenade and wedges of tomato and lemon to freshen the flavour up a bit.
Also known as the "Big Breakfast", this dish includes a choice of eggs (we all chose scrambled), perfectly sauteed mushrooms, sucuk-merguez sausage (a dry sausage spiced with cumin, garlic and sumac), pastirma and tomato. It was filling and well executed, and the breakfast of choice for the poeple who ran the race.
We ordered this because it was described as a traditional Turkish breakfast . Gorgeous, fluffy scrambled eggs were cooked with juicy tomato and banana pepper, fresh red onion and parsely, and I much prefered this dish over the others.
After our visit I could definitely see why Efendy is so famous for their breakfasts. Every dish was beautifully presented, packed with flavour and immensly satisfying. It was definitely the place to go after running the Run 4 Fun - if there's one next year that starts after 10 o'clock, I'll be sure to participate, if only to partake of such a breakfast again ;)
Efendy Turkish Restaurant
79 Elliot St
Phone: 02 9810 5466