Wid Flavour, Dundee
Today’s review is for an Algerian based baker in Dundee, with the name Wid Flavour.
Wid Flavour reached out to me via Instagram to do a review of a few items. The owner Widad told me she would make some authentic Algerian food which I was really excited about. Interestingly, I haven’t really eaten much Algerian food so I was curious as to how it would taste compared to my usual Indian cuisine.
I collected this sample order, as this company doesn’t deliver, which I was totally fine with. However, I think this is something to keep in mind if want to order from this company.
Wid Flavour Packaging
The goods were given to me in a standard white recyclable bag which I thought was nice since it reduced the amount of packaging waste.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting but when arriving I realised I had been given a lovely focaccia bread (pictured below) as well as some baklava and makroudh.
Wid Flavour Food Review
Firstly, starting with the focaccia bread, I really enjoyed eating this! It was topped with some peppers filled with goats cheese which I LOVE! In addition to this it had full green chillies. I was not expecting them to be as hot as they were, but I loved the spicy zing it gave to the bread. Moreover it was soft, tasty and baked to perfection.
If I were to order again, I would definitely request more peppers filled with goats cheese on top of this focaccia.
Next up was the Turkish style baklava. Anyone who knows me know the way to my heart is beautifully made baklava. Since travelling to Turkey I am constantly trying to find baklava that even resembles the authentic flavour. Because of this, I loved the cinnamon flavour which Widad gave to the baklava. Additionally, the almond and rose flavour combined were the perfect compliment to make this baklava something to rave about. I will definitely be ordering this again and I recommend to everyone reading this that you do too!
Lastly, the makroudh (bottom line) was the only baked good I had never tried before. Traditionally, makroudh is a type of cookie. Generally it is filled with a date and nuts paste or almond paste, and is named makroudh after the diamond shape. Uniquely, the dough is made from semolina and flour giving it a very specific texture and flavour.
After finding out it was made from semolina, I was very intrigued as to how the texture of this dessert would be. This makroudh was filled with a date paste and above all Widad told me it was very traditional in both the making process, and the shape. It was definitely different from anything I have ever eaten, but I really enjoyed trying it. It had a more grainy texture, and the date paste gave it a lovely sweet flavour.
Despite this, I have to say that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you enjoy trying new foods with interesting textures and flavours then this one’s for you!
To conclude, I really enjoy connecting with small businesses in the local area and I’m always looking to find something different. Wid Flavour is just that with her authentic Algerian flavours, coupled with the amazing goods she makes. She makes focaccia breads every Friday and is always posting up new bakes. I will definitely be visiting Widad again for some more of her baked goods!
Overall Experience: 9/10