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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Middle East Cafe
23a Wellesley St. West, Auckland
09 3794843

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.

One word to describe the food here: fantastic! I like everything we ordered and I think we've tried almost the entire menu. It's great that the cafe is so near my apartment since I can always have a quick bite here to satisfy any craving for falafels.


7:44 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


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