I was first introduced to Munooshi on East Terrace on the Feast on Foot Tour run by the very knowledgeable, passionate and lovely Caitlin. Let’s just say we loved it so much we have been fans ever since. Since we both don’t work in the city and I no longer have Saturdays available, we grab every rare chance we have to dine at city lunch time establishments.
That shall be our table
The staff are friendly and the fabulous ladies are always hard at work creating delicious meals. The signature here is of course the Munooshi, an Arabic pizza if you like but it really tastes quite different from pizza bread or normal Western bread. There’s quite the variety of fillings and so far we have liked all that we have tried. Decisions, decisions.
Our meal isn’t complete without coffee, after all a little caffeine fix keeps us going. The coffee here is strong. Bold and strong but not bitter, I noticed they use Di Bella Coffee. I saw packs on the shelf, I’m not sure if you can buy them for home but like sandwiches, coffee always tastes better when someone else makes it.
I like sitting upstairs at Munooshi. I like looking at greenery, something soothing and pleasant to the eyes amongst the concrete, bricks and mortar. Only thing is I feel bad for the ladies having to bring our food and coffees up the stairs.
As I mentioned earlier we’ve visited a few times and are working our way through the menu. We’re still on savoury although every time the Cheese & Honey Munooshi really tempts us. While all delicious, my favourite so far is the Lamb Mince Munooshi. Filled with fragrant spiced lamb mince, tahini, tomatoes and fresh mint, all the flavours really really hit the spot.
Lamb Mince Munooshi $8.90
For a bit more of a Western touch, try their Pastrami Bocconcini Munooshi with tomato, basil, cracked pepper and olives. The pastrami they use is delicious, I wonder where they get it from.
Pastrami Bocconcini Munooshi $8.90
We have also tried a Cheese, Sausage and Veg Munooshi which comes with olives and tomatoes too. The sausage is a spicy beef sausage sliced thinly and very flavoursome. With the addition of mozzarella cheese we just love pulling the stringy cheese with every bite.
Cheese, Sausage and Veg Munooshi $8.90
If you’re not in the mood for Munooshi, there’s pizzas, wraps and salads too like this Arabic Salad. It’s a tangy salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber with vinaigrette dressing and pickles but to soften it up and smooth things over, it comes with some delicious hommus and labni. Carefully sitting on top are chicken breast strips, falafel and kiby. I’d first seen kiby on a TV show about Lebanon and was very curious to try it. It’s made with cracked wheat and minced lamb, shaped and then deep fried. I like it, it’s quite filling too.
Arabic Salad $11.90
Munooshi really is a gem that I’m glad was introduced to me. The meals are affordable and great value, really a fantastic lunch spot especially if you work nearby.