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Almazett

208 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North 9509 8959

 

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Pickled turnips (stained pink with beetroot), Pickled carrots, Hommus, Baba Ghanouj and Tabouleh, served with warm pita bread

= Good

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Fatayer Bi Jibneh (filo pastry with feta cheese and herbs) and Fatayer (filo pastry with spinach and pine nuts)

Crisp golden pastry filled with tasty fillings.

= Good

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Falafel

Deep fried mixture of chickpeas, broad beans, crushed wheat and spices, served with Tahina.

Slightly dry, so be generous with the Tahina.

= Not bad

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Chicken wings

Char grilled chicken wings with garlic and lemon. Simple yet AMAZING.

= Excellent

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Roast potatoes with herbs

= Not bad

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Whole grilled fish with Tahina, walnuts, coriander, garlic, pine nuts and chilli

= Not bad

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Shish Tawook (barbecued skewers of chicken fillets with a garlic sauce)

= Good

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Lubia Bi Zeit (green beans, tomato and olive oil) and Riz Moufalfal (rice with pine nuts)

= Good

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Rahet El Halkoum (traditional Turkish Delight) and Baklava (layers of filo pastry filled with crushed nuts in blossom syrup)

=  Good

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 Mahalabiya (milk pudding served with pistachio nuts and blossom syrup)

= Good

 

Overall:

I love the Almazett Mezza Menu that they have here. You are served a set menu but can go back and order more items from the regular menu at any point in time, essentially making this an ‘all you can eat’ menu option (which always leads to me devouring plate after plate of delicious chicken wings). The atmosphere is comfortable and the service is fantastic (accommodating, efficient and very friendly). Note that this place only opens for dinner and that a belly dancer performs on Friday and Saturday nights (so be prepared for some up-close staccato hip movements, belly rolls and plenty of shimmying!)

 

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Soba noodle salad

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I went to a potluck a little while ago and a friend of mine made this amazing salad. It was light, crunchy, sweet, tangy and had a distinctive sesame flavour to it. I was desperate for the recipe and when I asked for it, my friend simply stated that it was all in the dressing: Roasted Sesame Kewpie Japanese Dressing.

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So this dressing can be found at asian grocery stores, particularly the ones that stock Japanese and Korean items.

 

Recipe:

  • Soba noodles
  • Kewpie Japanese dressing
  • Carrots (cut julienne)
  • Cucumber (cut julienne)
  • Baby Spinach leaves
  • Sesame seeds
  • Hard boiled eggs (optional)

 

Method:

1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions

2. Once the noodles are cooked, drain under cold running water for a few minutes minutes until they feel silky

3. In a large bowl combine the noodles, carrots, cucumber, spinach, hard boiled eggs (sliced) and Kewpie dressing. Mix well.

4. Serve with a sprinkling of sesame seeds