Stars reflecting off a wine glass Along comes Mama Ganoush. Although officially the restaurant of Geoff Malouf and Michael Baroud from Arabesque in Elsternwick, the star right now is brother Greg. Waiting for Momo to reopen in the Hyatt next August or September he had time on his hands. A $200,000 budget upgrade, an interior designer and a few more bits of kitchen equipment later and we have something pretty special at the Windsor end of Prahran. Greg will only be there for four to five weeks. I can only hope the kitchen learns as much as possible from him before he leaves. First is the design of this converted shop front. Quite sober and not on drugs we were mesmerised by the stars reflecting on the china and glassware. Last to leave… We visited on Saturday, night two of opening. And it was packed. We were told to arrive a 9pm. There were a few forgivable blips in service. Both the white and the red wines I wanted had run out – my taste obviously being a bit mainstream and populist. And it took some 40 minutes to seat us. But it really is the food that this place is about and no doubt the service will settle down. “Better than Abla’s,” asked a friend. Yes. Better and far more refined but also more expensive. Still Mama Ganoush represents good value with starters about $17 each and mains about $28 and sides at about $7. Our starters were Kibbah (above) an amazing spicy kid kofta (below) with goats cheese cream and herbs. Cheesy Ladies thigh pastries came with honey cardamon stewed leeks. The leeks were a particular highlight. The double lamb chops was about as good as lamb gets but overshadowed by what has to be one of the best dished I’ve eaten this year – Claypot roasted free range chicken with giant cous cous, Turkish Sausage and Sweet Spices. It is made with a seven year old master stock liberated from Momo. It was so good that we were instant messaging all Monday about it. At this point we were full but we couldn’t ignore pudding. I was so overcome I forgot to write down what it was.
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- Grass Fed vs Grain Fed revisitedCows eat grass, right? Well yes, but beef raised for meat can be fed grass, grain or a mixture of both. Dusty feedlots, grassy knolls, seaside vistas, Gippsland grazing – just what do you get for your money and can y0u taste the difference? What: Dinner featuring beef and education. When: 7pm Thursday 29th August Where: The […]
- Barolo vs Burgundy (which will reign supreme!)They say expensive habits beget expensive habits. Sorry but we’re not going to be helping anyone here with this mega-super-special event. What: Extraordinary Wine Selection, with matching food. When: Thursday 22 August 2013. Where: Ombra Salumi Bar (Guy Grossi’s Salami Bar)- 76 Bourke Street, Melbourne. How much: $225.30 including booking fee. How to book: […]