My dear sister has been visiting from Sydney this week and we’ve managed to get around to some tasty places in Melbourne. On Tuesday night we wanted something light, quick and close to home so we strolled to Smith Street and fell upon Gigibaba. I’ve read only positive reviews about this Turkish delight and we were not disappointed.
The warm, quirky interior and comfortable armchairs set the scene; it was almost like sitting in someone’s aunty’s living room. From decided to share some small plates and chose lamb sausages, garlic broadbeans, baked salmon and an eggplant dish. The flavours were strong and sizes just enough although if you’re hungry you may like to follow the small plates with a main or double up on the amount we had.
A great Turkish experience although it didn’t grab me enough to go back there when there are so many other places I haven’t tried yet. Our waitress was a little abrasive – I’ve worked for many years in hospitality and an detect even a whiff of forced ‘niceness’ in service staff.