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Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Middle East Cafe
23a Wellesley St. West, Auckland
I've been eyeing this cafe near my apartment everytime I walk past it on my way to school. Finally, I got to have dinner here since Don and I decided to meet up to discuss our upcoming roadtrip.
The Mezze Platter (NZD$12.50) has a variety of olives, hummus, pickles and dips. I've got a thing for hummus and dips ever since I went to the Auckland Food Show.
Toasted pita wedges are served with the platter. They went very well with the hummus and dips!
The Falafel (NZD$7.90) is the main reason why I want to eat here. The toasted pita pocket is filled with salad, hummus, tabouleh, and four deep-fried falafel patties. They were delicious but a tad too salty.
The Cafe is famous for its award winning Chawarma (NZD$7.90) which is a toasted pita bun filled with spiced lamb from the spit and lettuce salad. The lamb was very tender and fragrant!
Since the food was fabulous, we also ordered the Sis Kebab (NZD$12.50). There were cubes of skewered marinated lean lamb with onion, tomato and capsicum, served with hummus, tabouleh, lentil and rice salads. The tabouleh was very refreshing and I couldn't find fault with lentils which I eat almost everyday.
For desserts, Don ordered the Baklava (NZD$4.50) for us. It's a traditional sweet commonly found in the Middle East. The filo pastry is filled with finely chopped pistachio nuts and sweetened with honey. This is my 1st time eating Baklava and I like it! But it was a little too sweet.
I always thought that the cafe is very small and can only seat about 10 people but I was wrong as there's an extension at the back. The whole cafe is decorated with all things associated with camels, from paintings to miniatures.
Labels: New Zealand
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