Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Location: Qld, Brisbane – Southbank
For my second day in Brisbane I took a long walk across Victoria Bridge to see what Southbank was all about and to also make a visit to Saj & Grill for a late breakfast. When researching my trip and eating spots, I was drawn to Saj & Grill as they made Lebanese bread in a traditional manner and filled it with different fillings. The traditional Saj bread dates back to over 5,000 years and has been handed down over the generations. It is cooked on a clay dome shaped oven which I saw before my very eyes when they prepared the Garlic Chicken Saj I ordered for $8.90. I think it’s interesting to see these traditional forms of cooking still operating today with a variety of cuisines the world over. So much of this has been replaced with automated mass processing that the art of cooking and culture has been lost.
The Saj was just a ball of dough that quickly was formed into a thin disc and thrown on top of the hot dome. Then some cheese was placed on top and I didn’t stop to watch the rest as I grabbed a seat in the outdoor and, fortunately covered, area as it had rained quite a bit of the way I walked here. A number of people dropped by for a chat and a coffee so this place obviously has it’s regulars. There’s a variety of Saj and fillings on the menu, plus Lebanese wraps, skewered kebabs, salads, dips like hommos and baba ghannouj, milkshakes, juices, coffee and tea.
After a reasonable while, my Saj was ready. The garlic chicken saj contains marinated tender loin chicken with homemade Lebanese garlic sauce, cheese, olives, mushrooms, and onion. The Saj is like a wrap. The bread was delicious like nothing I’ve eaten before. Light, flavoursome, delicious. The filling was also excellent. Tender, not dry chicken, with plenty of garlic flavour, melted cheese, succulent mushrooms, soft and salty olives, all topped off with a tasty garlic sauce. What a great start for breakfast. I really loved this meal.
Saj & Grill Food Review Summary
Verdict: It’s always wonderful to discover something new and different and while this may seem like any other Lebanese joint where you pick up a wrap and off you go, this is certainly not the case. The Saj is a traditional Lebanese bread cooked on a clay dome oven and the taste is just delicious. Nothing like the normal pita breads you get at the shops or eateries like this, but something completely different. It’s really tasty, light, and flavoursome. The filling was also delicious. Warm gooey melted cheese, tender chicken pieces with ample garlic flavour, succulent mushrooms, soft olives, and a moist delicious garlic sauce. I really enjoyed this meal for a late breakfast. Fantastic.
Recommendation: Highly Recommend
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