Family Lunch @ Maha Bar and Grill, Melbourne

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
Melbourne 3000

(03) 9629 5900


6 Comments on Family Lunch @ Maha Bar and Grill, Melbourne

  1. Susie Collins // October 2, 2011 at 7:39 am // Reply

    I totally agree. Having wanted to visit for so long, I was not disappointed. Not really knowing what to expect, I was delighted by the whole experience.

  2. Is it as small as it looks?

  3. It doesn’t look like much but that’s probably;y just because it’s on different plates. Looks soooooo good.

  4. Hey Amy,

    I’m a bit slow…. but I only just discovered your blog and your review of Maha…! Sorry, I’m just getting used to all this internet stuff! Slowly getting the hang of it though – I’m finally on Facebook and started a blog too.

    Thanks for the great post, I’m glad you enjoyed your meal (especially dessert!) when you dined at Maha last year. Have you been back to try the Sultans menu as you hoped?

    I’m wondering if you’ve considered coming along to the Problogger Food & Wine Blogger event I am hosting at Maha in next week?

    I’d love to meet you and show you what we’re going to plate up at this event! It’s going to feature Darren Rowse (Problogger himself!) and three great speakers discussing their approach to food and wine writing. I’ll be cooking up an exclusive three course Maha feast (some new dishes!) for everyone and there will be some great give aways for the best questions to the panel of speakers. I’d love to see you there?

    Maybe your readers would be interested in coming with you? As a thank you for this post about Maha, I’d like to offer you and your readers a $10 discount off the normal ticket price for the event. Just use the promo code FOODIES when you register or share this with your readers.

    Bring your video camera, maybe you can do a quick vox pop interview with me or Darren!

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