When my Aunty suggested lunch at Maha one afternoon, I obviously didn’t argue. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I was quite excited!
As you enter the restaurant and take the stairs downward, you enter a different world. The leather and wood fill your eyes and the incense fills your nose. It’s a transformation! The staff here only contributes to this, with divine service. A rare experience where the staff make you feel comfortable and relaxed and completely taken care of all at the one time.
Now to the menu… with only time for two courses, we opted to start with mains as we all have a bit of a sweet tooth.
The main affair…
With three of us, we managed to order nearly the whole main selection.
My aunty ordered the Tunisian brik Bangalow Pork Belly, Pork Popcorn, Lebanese Kimchi and Onion Mayo.
My sister, the non meat eater at the table ordered a slightly altered version of the New Zealand King Salmon, Crab Mafouf, Corn Custard, Sucuk and White Asparagus.
They were both absolutely blown away. In addition, my sister noted that the Smoked Eggplant, fenegreek, seeds and nuts with Gbejniet Cheese which we ordered on the side, was the best side dish she has ever eaten.
I went with the 12 hour roasted Mt. Leura Lamb Shoulder with pistachio and green olive tabouleh. It was accompanied with an almond pilaf and labne on the side.
The lamb was simply divine. The meat was tender and moist, with charred pieces on the edges, which exploded, with flavour in my mouth. The tabouleh added tart flavours and crunch, which balanced out the richness of the lamb perfectly. The Labne also added perfect contrast.
A sweet ending…
After a flawless main experience we eagerly received the dessert menu. My aunty admitted the Turkish Delight filled doughnuts with Olive oil Chocolate Mousse, Rosewater Honey and White chocolate Dust was what made this a must visit venue for her, so she ordered them.
She was not at all disappointed. While the doughnuts, she told me were absolutely beautiful, she could have easily just eaten the mousse on its own! A perfect ending to her meal.
My sister and I both ordered the Salted Caramel with Bitter Chocolate Ice Cream, Crunchy Cous Cous and roasted Peanut Foam.
While choosing a favorite dessert is impossible, this dish is most certainly up there. The rich creamy salted caramel paired with the ice cream was a sinfully delicious combination. The cous cous and the peanuts on top expertly provided crunch and contrast, while the peanut foam brought through the delicious peanut flavour to just top off the dish.
If I could have licked the bowl I would have!
Maha, is a transformation. A time machine into another world where we all eat like kings! I cannot recommend it more highly. I am eagerly awaiting my return visit to sample the banquet menu.
For more information:
Maha Bar and Grill
21 Bond St
(03) 9629 5900