Izmir delicatessen is a deli-market in the Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill. Established in 1999, the family-owned and operated business stocks an array of Turkish and international foods. Customers can choose from a cornucopia of inspiring gourmet delights overflowing from the shelves as well as local-market essentials such as bread, milk, coffee and tea.

Born and raised in Turkey, owners Osman and wife Sevim came to Australia in 1970. After many years in Sydney, they decided to open a place where people could come and experience exotic foods and Mediterranean delicacies.

After 11 years of very hard work, the delicatessen has cultivated and perfected its offerings. The product lines have broadened and the menu expanded. A selection of tasty and fresh homemade dips has been added to the mix and a catering arm was recently launched, offering scrumptious homemade food and home delivery at very reasonable prices. The catering specialises in meze bars, ideal for celebrations, barbecues and family get-togethers, and has already enticed and won over customers who have heard word-of-mouth promotions from those who have sampled the food. Sevim presides over the catering menu which includes Izmir Delicatessen’s specialty, a homemade hummus, which draws people to the store from far and wide. Sevim also makes traditional Turkish dishes, the main ones being cacik (garlic yoghurt dip), roasted eggplant dip, capsicum dip and babaganoush; these are a taste sensation.

Brimming over with Turkish and other international delights the shelves hold items such as beans, dried apricots, sun-dried figs and the popular dolma which is tightly packaged so it remains absolutely fresh. Other well-liked foods include nuts, seeds, olives, pickles, biscuits and a selection of fresh Turkish Pide, Lebanese bread, sliced Vienna Bread and Afghan and Simit breads – both of which are available every Saturday. To go with the bread, the range of natural, delectable jams include flavours such as cherry, quince, apricot and fig. The molasses doesn’t disappoint either with pomegranate, grape, mulberry and carob varieties.

The fridge holds imported drinks from Turkey and scrumptious cheeses from around the world. These cheeses are from Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece and Italy. Being Turkish, Izmir Delicatessen highly recommend two Turkish cheeses - one made from yoghurt called Cokelek and a popular semi-hard cheese produced from raw milk called Tulum.

Lauren Mulhull

We welcome people to come and have a look around our store. We are also happy to take email orders from customers all around the country, posting items to any address in Australia. So, for something authentic, interesting and fantastically yummy, call, email or drop in and see us at Izmir Delicatessen.

As we say in Turkey, Afiyet olsun!



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