Mashawi offers a range of dishes representing Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine. With an inviting atmosphere, friendly service and delicious, flavoursome, well balanced cuisine, I really enjoyed my experience here. The mixed tapas presents a range of items to share. I liked the filo encased cheese and spinach cigars, the fried kibbeh is tasty and well balanced, not too salty, I loved the falafel which is spiced but subtle and not too intense with a lovely crunch, and the sambousek is kind of like a curry puff with a delicious filling. All enjoyed with some tasty dips. For mains, I really enjoyed the chicken, olive and potato tagine as well as the seafood tagine. Generous serving, tasty, flavoursome and moist tender proteins cooked perfectly served with loose moorish cous cous. I also liked the mixed grill which presented a range of skewered meats perfectly cooked, moist, tender and flavoursome with a delicious rice pilaf and refreshing salad. The sausages were also interesting and unique. I couldn’t help myself in obtaining a selection of baked sweets on the way out and really enjoyed them, particularly, the baklava.
A family business coming from a passion for food, the chef, Riki Kaspi, used to run a North Perth restaurant for 12 years before starting The Cooking Professor in Mt Hawthorn. The night is all about the new website launch of Shak Shuka which featured different Moroccan canapés as well as featuring some other small businesses and their products. The venue actually comprises 4 businesses in one:
A Professional Cooking School – learn to cook from a range of cuisines
Catering – for special events like weddings, corporate events, birthdays, as well as running the Shak Shuka stall at various markets around Perth
Event Hire – cocktail night, hens & bucks nights, corporate team building
Commercial Kitchen Hire – access to one of two professional kitchens to prepare dishes for an offsite event, market etc
Chee Tayeb is a relatively new addition to the Perth CBD. Located on Murray St, they serve a range of coffees and teas but they also serve Lebanese cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch, I popped in for lunch. I decided on the tawouk, marinated chicken skewers that were removed from the skewer and served with super light soft warmed pita bread, a rocket salad, tender slices of thick grilled potatoes, and the chicken of course which was moist, tender, and carried a light subtle marinade. The flavour wasn’t overpowering and a touch of the mayo added more pep to each bite. Deceptively filling. I was also keen on dessert and the customers next to me got something interesting that wasn’t on the menu. I got it too, knafeh, a semolina dessert with a most delicious gooey stringy elastic cheese topped with a fine crumb and served with a touch of syrup and pistachios and walnuts for some crunch. Oh wow, what a delicious dessert! Cheese is unusual in a dessert, but while rich, the touch of sweetness works wonders in this wonderful traditional Lebanese creation. Excellent service, pop in for a coffee, a takeaway wrap or come in and taste the menu.
Chef Nimrod Kazoom and his staff provide a friendly atmosphere to enjoy the delicious array of Middle Eastern cuisine packed with flavours. The braised beef tongue is super tender and the richness is contrasted with sweet roast pumpkin. The squid ink chorizo dulled the spicy tones of the chorizo I was expecting. The spice and dukkah flavoured pumpkin pastilla encased by light filo pastry was delicious. The lamb 8 ballers presented a lovely lamb flavour in the moist meatballs but lacked oomph via acid or a sauce. The dukkah and harissa tiger prawns were oozing flavour and were absolutely fantastic. Packed full of flavour, the prawn flesh was tender and the flatbread soaked up the marinade. The sea shakshuka was also fantastic, the herbed garlic butter and spinach was unbelievable, perfect for sopping up with flatbread before moving on to the delicious eggplant and turmeric infused Barramundi. These latter two dishes were absolute knockouts. For dessert, I thoroughly enjoyed a blueberry cheesecake. Hiding away in the E Shed markets, Kazoomies is a hidden gem which should be on Market Street or South Terrace for the masses to discover and enjoy.
I’ve gone to a few Middle Eastern type restaurants on the east coast but not in Perth. Meeka Restaurant’s Moroccan cuisine really impressed me. Generous servings big on flavour and taste are what Meeka offers up. I thoroughly enjoyed the super soft pork belly tajine which cut like butter, but the delicious and fragrant spice mix was the engine room of this dish, delivering all the flavour. The soft sweet potato has absorbed these flavours like a sponge and the apple salad is an excellent partner to pork. I loved the dish, as too the rich buttery pearls of Israeli cous cous. I also ordered dessert and the savoury doughnuts with a touch of tartness form the lemon curd balanced the doughnuts nicely. The dessert is not too sweet, despite the variety on display. The Persian fairy floss brings out the inner kid in you, before revealing a rich creamy ice cream. Some popcorn to round things out and I left very very full but very satisfied.
Recipe Restaurant offers patrons Persian cuisine, particularly skewered meats, but they also have pasta and risotto dishes, plus seafood and burgers for the Western palette. Overlooking Langley Park and the beautiful Swan River, one can enjoy a plate packed with food for the highish price tag. We ordered chicken, beef and lamb skewered meats to share amongst ourselves but while they were tender, they were quite bland, lacking spice, or flavour from whatever the meats were skewered over (e.g. grill or coals). Maybe the skewered meats are cooked just like in Persia, but I was expecting far more flavour. The loose grained rice is nice, the barbecued chilli packs some heat, the grilled tomatoes help cool your mouth as too the Shirazi salad. The entree of roasted eggplant was nice with delicious Turkish bread and the Persian style profiteroles with sweetened cream were good but I prefer the French variety. For my palette, I want far more flavour and Recipe didn’t deliver on that front.
In the most unassuming places one can stumble upon a gem. Sahara Middle Eastern Cuisine offers up some fine dishes. I really enjoyed the different elements of the mixed platter, particularly, the hummus and falafel. The baba ghanouj was rich and creamy and the acidity of the pickles tempers the flavours of all three. With pita bread to enjoy, it’s a lovely dish to eat in summer. The shish kebab carried plenty of flavour, lots of tender lamb, had a bit of a chilli kick, and along with delicious spiced rice and a salad, this made for an excellent lunch. Very filling and totally stuffed. It’s worth the walk.
Q International Cuisine offers something for everyone but has a menu mainly geared towards Middle Eastern, French, Mediterranean and Australian cuisines. I focused on dishes from a Middle Eastern background and started off with a refreshing, moist and tasty baba ganuj enjoyed with pita bread. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the pomegranate seeds adding a touch of sweetness and acidity to cut through the creamy flavour of the eggplant. The hummus had a strong chick pea flavour and also a hit of garlic, but it was carefully controlled to give the garlic flavour without the garlic breath. The fried kibbeh are a very meaty and filling dish. The kibbeh are slightly crunchy on the outside and contain a lightly spiced mince filling which is tasty but not intense in spice. The mixed grill presents a meat heavy dish offering a variety of skewered kebabs. I particularly liked the chicken flavoured Shish taouk and the herby flavours of the Kofta kebab. Once again, lightly spiced, subtle flavours that let the flavours of the meat shine through. The rice, salad, humuus and mayonnaise are additional elements to take the edge of the meatiness. I was stuffed and disappointed I couldn’t squeeze in a dessert. Tasty spice laden flavours without the intensity. Excellent meal in lovely surrounds with friendly staff.
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.
I haven’t eaten much Middle Eastern food so I’m keen to explore other cuisines. The staff are friendly and welcoming and helped advise what dishes would be a good choice. I was really surprised at the selection of almonds placed on the table. Their preparation to give different flavours was unique, something I’ve never come across before. That led me to buy a jar to take home with me. For entrée, I loved the tender calamari but the light mild spice mix really added a delicious flavour to the meal. The succulent tender and flavour infused beef cheek was superb. The red wine and grape molasses the beef is prepared in gives a rich vibrant flavour. For dessert, I tried booza which is an ice cream with an elastic texture and spiced with mastic. Rather foreign but enjoyable. I was really full and really enjoyed the delicious array of flavours in the dishes I sampled. I’d love to come back again but will have to save that for a future trip to Sydney.