UPDATE: Nazar Gozleme has closed down
Once again, it took all of our strength to walk past Newton Circle in pursuit of something new and exciting in the Carillon Food Court. As we've mentioned before in our review of Levant Cuisine's Shish Kebab Roll, some food tends to get tarred with the 'hangover food' brush. Turkish food, along with its friends Lebanese and Mexican, is definitely one of these and it's a damn shame. Sure, we've all had a kebab or pide which was cheap, nasty and greasy but authentic Turkish food is packed with flavour, incredibly moreish and (when prepared fresh) not greasy at all. A freshly rolled gozleme is the perfect example.
Gozleme is a savoury Kurdish pastry made from a simple thin dough that is stuffed with various fillings, sealed and cooked on a hot plate or griddle. The result is a pastry that is both crispy and chewy at the same time. Nazar Gozleme have various fillings on offer and we couldn't go past the spicy beef: ground beef, spinach, crumbled feta, parsley, spring onion and chilli. The gozleme was freshly rolled from small balls of dough that the staff are constantly preparing and served with a side salad and a slice of lemon. It was a very generous serving with a good amount of spice.
Our only qualm with Nazar Gozleme is that they are fairly understaffed. There was one woman in impressive Kurdish dress serving customers, putting together the gozleme and grilling away at the front of the shop while another staff member prepared the dough and fillings in the kitchen. The result was a 10 - 15 minute wait at busy period. We've also noticed that the shop is often closed, which is fairly bizarre considering the rent they must be paying. The drinks fridge is still stocked so it doesn't appear to be closing down. I guess if worse comes to worse, you can always grab a chicken rice or Beef Massaman Curry from Ruby Thai next door. But if it's open and you're not in a rush, we strongly recommend giving it a shot.