aMAHAzing great, how sweet it tastes…

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in CBD, Dining, Melbourne, Vegetarian | 3 comments

aMAHAzing great, how sweet it tastes…

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Ok, I have perhaps fallen to new low from a title point of view, but in my defense how well does the name fit?

Today I was lucky enough to be treated to the joy of Maha Bar and Grill on Bond St. This has to be one of the nicest snuggly restaurants in town as it’s warmly lit with lush decor and is below street level so no need to acknowledge the nasty weather outside.

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We ordered the Soufra which has three courses because two felt wrong and the sultans feast (lots of courses) seemed unwise given it was lunch time. It’s the sort of place where they encourage you to let them choose the dishes (very wise) and you just let them know any dietary requirements. In fact I love them even more because they ask the question when you book your table. They cater with ease for vegetarian, gluten free etc…

And then it began. Amazingness just started pouring forth from the kitchen. It is now that the meal is all over I wish I was the sort of foodie blogger who makes detailed notes of each course (all vegetarian), especially this pea and broad bean salad which has to be one of the yummiest things ever and I wish I was able to recreate. I would happily have the salad every meal…for a few weeks at least.

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Each course was delicious and tasty and meant that we didn’t even make it half way through the mains so full of all the starters were we. But of course we had space for dessert. The dessert had three components. The first, a brownie with rosemary ice cream and berry foam. I kept trying to split the three ingredients so I could taste the ice cream. Very rosemaryish which tasted interesting, not bad, but probably wouldn’t order again although naturally we both happily polished it all off. The next was the famous Turkish delight donuts – I would come here for these alone (and the pea salad too) all warm and sweet and delightish. Finally a poached pear filled with a dark chocolate ganache on rice pudding. Bliss.

We finished up with a Moroccan Mint tea in adorable colored tea glasses with fresh mint.

Devine. We chatted, we reminisced, talked shopping and Zara, about travels and sighed over the food. The whole experience was lovely. At the end of the meal they use a lemon oil to freshen your hands which is such a nice way to finish an enjoyable lunch.

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The crowd was mostly ‘business’ which I can understand…it being a business day and all. It’s also a $30-$65 lunch so a bit pricey for a quick lunch…or even a long one unless it’s a) a special occasion, b) someone else is paying c) your rich.

So my call, save your pennies and come for a special occasion or as a lovely treat and make sure you have at least two hours so you can soak it all up. I am already trying to find something to justify another visit.

On another note (remember I pre-warned you about my obsession here) I am very excited that I have just started planning my Christmas in July party!!!!! I was going to be all reserved and discreet until I shared my post with you – but the truth is I am very excited and already beginning to plan, plan and plan for it. Christmas, sigh.

Now just off to find a recipe for pea and broad bean salad…

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3 Comments

  1. Christmas in July ahoy!

    Love this blog!

  2. I LOVE Maha – been there for the lunch and it totally blew my mind. Have been meaning to go again but yes you’re right – it’s a bit pricey for lunch but great for a special occasion and/or if someone else is paying :P

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