With Hurrem’s, India gets its first authentic Turkish Baklava store in Mumbai
While we aren’t sure if Baklava originated in the Middle East or in Greece, there is one thing that we are certain about -- it tastes delicious. The sweet dessert made of layers of filo filled with nuts and creme and held together with honey is mouth-watering but it has always been a challenge to find authentic and fresh baklava in India. And, while we have many stores across the country, the latest entrant in the market claims to be the first store in India that is offering authentic Turkish Baklava.
What makes it authentic?
“The baklavas here are prepared by Chef Sefa Sülüker, who hails from Turkey and learnt the art of making Baklava at the age of 10,” declares 28-year-old Ahmed Farid, Promoter and co-founder at Hurrem’s, as he suggest us to try Havuc Dilimi, a large triangular sliced baklava filled with dry fruits and served here with Pistachio or Vanilla ice cream. We tried it with Pistachio ice cream and instantly like the flavoursome combination.
The Pistachio, omnipresent in the offering at this confectionary, is also credited to the Chef Sefa who has spent mastering his skills of making Baklava in Gaziantep, the city of gastronomy which is known across the world for its pistachios.
Soon we were offered other offerings, including the traditional Pistachio Baklava, Kaju Bakalava and Walnut Baklava as well as exquisite varieties like Midiye, Chocolate and Hazelnut Baklava. And, since it is difficult to have so much sweet in one go, Chef Safa suggests us to indulge ourself in Turkish tea, which was extremely light, flavourful and acts as a palette cleanser and before we knew it, we were on our third cup.
Although they are aiming at offering authentic baklava, Hurrem’s also offers local Turkish dishes like Pide (a traditional flatbread), Borek (bread stuffed with cheese and spinach), some salad and soup options during lunchtime alongside their traditional tea and aromatic coffee. Besides, they also offer Turkish Delights (also called Lokum) in several flavours like saffron, rose and pistachio, Kunefe, Halva alongside hosting a Nut Bar exhibiting a rich assortment of nuts and dates. What interesting to note is that every item served here is 100 per cent vegetarian
Interiors to marvel
If you have crossed this lane in recent times, the chances are high that you would have peeped inside this boutique store. This space is designed by Turkish architects Özlem Kulaç and Berkay Kars and with high ceiling, spacious cafe section, large turquoise windows and a chandelier in the centre, it is certain to transport you into an environment that boasts of luxury, sophistication and calmness, all at once.
Pro Tip: When you are served a piece of Baklava, turn it upside down. That’s the correct way to have it.