Having just mentioned Elle and Al, we're joining them for dinner at Maha. Our booking was for 8.30 and having arrived early we found a spot at the bar where we could enjoy our pre-dinner drinks.
It was a considerably more pleasant experience then our wait at Nobu and at 8.32 we were escorted to our table.
We'd pretty much decided before hand that we would be trying the Soufra menu which for $70 a head you get a selection of small cold dishes, small hot dishes, grilled meat and fish and dessert. You basically get what the kitchen decides but you can ask for certain dishes to be included. Dietary requirements and/or Allergies are also catered for.
The first course comes out on a large board
roasted red pepper and feta dip, deep fried school prawns, chicken liver mousse, sumac coated cauliflower
assorted marinated olives and lemon and saffron soup. This also came with a large plate of pita bread which was refilled during the course of the evening.
The second course
Ma'ahani sausages served with cumin roasted pumpkin
and ravyul malti - semolina and ricotta ravioli, toasted hazelnuts, cumin and tomato braise
Vine leaf wrapped sardines stuffed with chermoula and served with a chickpea, tomato and mint sauce
Lemon and Coriander crushed potatoes and fattoush salad
and Rabbit Tagine
liquorice ice-cream, watermelon with rosewater cream, jallab jelly (in glass), chocolate coffee mousse (in cup)
turkish delight filled doughnuts, rice pudding
Orange blossom lemonade with pinenuts and mint
and lastly Baklava.
I think it's pretty obvious that you won't be going away hungry - the quality of the dishes are excellent and the service is pretty sharp too, something it shares with sister restaurant The Press Club. With a full restaurant and a lively buzz, it definitely has that winning formula.
Maha Bar and Grill
21 Bond Street, Melbourne
Phone: 9629 5900
Lunch: Monday to Friday - noon to 3pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday - 6pm to 10.30pm
Supper: Thursday to Saturaday - 10.30pm to 3am