Salad Plate with 3 Falafel Balls ($13)

VERY GOOD FALAFEL

Very Good Falafel opened on Sydney Road about 6 months ago, and it sells – you guessed it, falafel. But is there a market in Brunswick/Coburg for expensive (read: $12pp as opposed to $7pp) Middle Eastern vegetarian food? There sure is, and here’s why: If you go back to the beginning, Very Good Falafel actually had nothing to do with falafel at all. Instead, it [...]
Mixed Grill ($22.5)

ANTALYA TURKISH RESTAURANT

What’s better than a Turkish platter? If your answer was ‘nothing’, then you’d be absolutely correct! I don’t think there’s been a single time in my life where I have said no to a meal of salads, dips, and meat off the spit, and I hope I never will. And the best bit? With Coburg being such a hub for middle-eastern food, I can always [...]
Spanner Crab Manti ($16, 4pcs)

SEZAR

My only knowledge of Armenia comes We Need To Talk About Kevin, a book in which the narrator – and the mother of the titular character – hails from Armenia. Rather woeful, I know, but hopefully this will soon be remedied by a visit to Sezar. Despite the out of the way location, punters seem to have no trouble finding the little eatery at the [...]
Baklava ($2.5)

ZAATAR

I’m going to confess to a bad habit of mine: I stop off at Al Alamy about three mornings a week for breakfast instead of making my own like a grown-up. And the worst bit is, I can’t find anything wrong with doing that. After all, a spinach and cheese pie fresh from the oven within 2 minutes covers all 4 bases of the holy [...]
Kibbeh Meklieh ($15.5)

AGRABA

I have done something very uncharacteristic. In a combination of warm weather and serendipity, I went out and had vegan food not just once, but TWICE in a row. Mind you, I wouldn’t call Smith and Daughters ‘real’ vegan food on account of how outside of the box and non-vegan tasting it is, but still. By the end of the two meals however, I was [...]
A-Rab ($10)/The East Coast ($14)

BIGGIE SMALLS

Kebab joints are a dime a dozen in Melbourne, so what’s so special about Biggie Smalls? Well for starters, there are no other places in Melbourne where you can get kebabs designed by Shane Delia, the brains behind the ever-popular Middle Eastern restaurant, Maha. I’ll never understand how some of these big-name chefs always seem to nab the prime real estate, but Biggie Smalls sits [...]