Doughnut

Maha Restaurant

21 Bond St, Melbourne 9629 5900

 

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Cherry, Pomegranate & Bitters Mocktail

(uludag sour cherry soda, pomegranate juice, rhubarb bitters)

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Smoked hummus, lamb, cashew, cumin seeds, almonds

Local olives, maltese fel fel

‘Aegean coast’ – Wild greens, beach bananas, oyster cream and pork crackling

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Zucchini falafel, almond, handmade haloumi and radish

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Braised lamb neck, brik pastry, smoked eggplant and harissa pickled cabbage

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Silverbeet borek

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Market fish, parsnip, sesame, wild autumn mushrooms and hazelnut

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Cracked wheat pilaf, barberry, date and almond

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Fattoush, caramelised garlic, tomato and cucumber

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 12 hour roasted lamb shoulder, sumac, garlic, green olive tabouleh

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 Crispy skinned chicken leg, Iranian smoked rice, BBQ corn and egg

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Vanilla rice pudding, toasted marshmallow ice cream, pekmez ganache and almond biscuit

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Peanut butter and chocolate opera cake, brioche ice cream, salted caramel and lemon meringue

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Turkish delight filled doughnuts, honey and walnuts

 

Overall:

Each serving comprised of a spectacular array of flavours and textures, and I truly enjoyed each dish down to the last bite. However I do want to give special mention to:

1. The hummus – fantastic! The underlying smoky flavour took hummus as I knew it to a whole new level

2. ‘Aegean coast’ salad – the smooth oyster cream was simply divine and provided a lovely contrast to the crispy pork crackling

3. Turkish delight filled doughnuts – crispy light dough with a tasty dollop of sweet Turkish delight inside

This place transcends you to somewhere else with its exotic rhythmic music and its dark elegant decor. In addition it is located in a sub-basement venue so that it perpetually feels like night. The service is efficient and the portion sizes are quite generous. (I originally had my eye on the 6 course menu but as it turned out the 4 course menu was already a struggle to finish) Note that the menu here changes regularly so that there is always something new and exciting to tantalise your tastebuds. If you haven’t been here before, put this on your places to try list!

 

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Nieuw Amsterdam

106-112 Hardware Street, Melbourne 9602 2111

 

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 House baked sourdough

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Black kingfish ceviche

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 Chicken waffles

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 Smokey beef brisket

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Rabbit meatballs

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Grits fritters

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Baked eggplant

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 Peanut butter sandwich

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Pumpkin donuts

 

Thoughts:

House baked sourdough – tasted more like regular bread than sourdough as it did not have that mild sour taste. However this bread did have a crispy yet oily crust reminiscent to that of pan fried pizza base = Good

Black kingfish ceviche – served with daikon, dashi dressing, crunchy quinoa and finger limes. A fresh and cool combination of flavours and textures = Good

Chicken waffles – strong flavoured pate, terrine, crispy chicken skin and orange caramel = Not bad

Smokey beef brisket – juicy pieces of beef served with carrot remoulade = Good

Rabbit meatballs – dry gamey meatballs, undercooked tagliatelle, sofrito, and roast tomato sauce. Note that this dish is no longer on the menu = Bad

Grits fritters – marvelously fluffy fritters served with a variety of sweetcorn and heirloom beetroots = Good

Baked eggplant – served with grilled tofu, mushrooms and spiced yogurt = Good

Peanut butter sandwich – served with cherry ripe ice cream, peanuts, salted caramel and chocolate sauce. It’s such a shame that this dessert is no longer on the menu as it was delicious! = Good

Pumpkin donuts – crispy deep fried donuts served with Kentucky bourbon whipped cream. The donuts by themselves are quite dry so need to be eaten together with the cream = Not bad

 

Overall:

Great food, good service, dark and sleek atmosphere. This place is absolutely worth visiting.

 

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Big Lou’s Donuts

318 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 0407 007 166

 

 

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Thoughts:

Bear Claw – an enormous claw shaped donut that had an apple pie like filling and a sticky vanilla glaze. This monstrous pastry was bigger than my face, making it perfect for sharing = Good

Vanilla slice – a custard and cream filled donut covered in a thick layer of sugary icing and drizzled with chocolate = Not bad

Cookies and cream – this donut was PACKED full of cream and was topped with crushed chocolate cookies = Not bad

 

Overall: The actual texture of these donuts is different to those found in donut chain stores. The donuts here are more dense and chewy (similar to bread) as opposed to being light and airy. Worth trying if you happen to be in the area.

 

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