100A Lygon St Brunswick East
03 9380 6680
Shoe Queen lovessss Lebanese and hadn’t had Lebanese since she gave birth more than 4 months ago, so we decided to go on a girls night out. I even brought my SLR camera for the occasion which I haven’t been lugging around since pregnancy :)
I don’t actually know how I stumbled across Teta Mona, I think I googled best Lebanese in Melbourne and saw a Broadsheet article about it.
Shoe Queen loves her dips so we ordered the trio $16- smokey baba ghanouj, garlicky hommus and labne. I love the baba ghanouj and hommus the most, while Shoe Queen was a huge fan of the hommus and labne. Interestingly the bread they gave us for the dips was crispy, but then we realise the bottom 4 pieces of bread was actually soft. I have always had soft breads with dips but I actually quite like the crispiness of Teta Mona’s.
We ordered a medium share bowl next, the D.I.Y. Falafel $13.5. You get this bowl of four falafels and two pita bread with bits and pieces of pickles and you do a wrap it yourself thing. This, is probably the best falafel I have ever had, although admittedly I am no expert on Lebanese food, I found this falafel had a really distinct flavour. One thing that really annoyed me was that the pickled olives had pits in them. I didn’t know and wrapped it into the falafel wrap, this could have resulted in a broken tooth! Thankfully my teeth won this round but it’s a bitch to try and pick out hard broken pieces of olive pits from my mouthful of falafel wrap!
Hubby’s friend Dave has cooked this Lebanese dish for us before and it was seriously delicious, so when I saw it on Teta Mona’s menu I had to have it! Kousa mehshi $17.5 is zucchini dish stuffed with rice and beans, cooked in tomato and served with yoghurt on the side. I really like the nice clean flavours of this dish, although I must say it’s a LOT of rice- stuffed into the zucchini and on the side.
We were so full but what meal is complete without dessert? Shoe Queen confessed that she doesn’t like Lebanese desserts cos they are so sweet, but I managed to convince her to try one: Baklawa Cocao $6.5, which I THINK it’s a chocolate version of baklava. OMG this is filled with hazelnuts, cocoa, linseeds and sweetened with agave syrup. I convinced Shoe Queen it’s totes healthy :P Shoe Queen was simply surprised how much she enjoyed it. Yes it is still a bit sweet for our liking, but the beautiful flaky pastry and chocolate made this dish simply irresistible.
I must admit whilst I quite like Lebanese food, I am not a huge huge fan like Shoe Queen is. But surprisingly, I felt like going back to Teta Mona the very next day to try more stuff- it was seriously yumgasmic and I couldn’t stop raving about it on the way home. I would love to try some of their meat dish next time, but I felt very satisfied eating nice, clean(ish) vegetarian flavours today. 9/10
Teta Mona Reloaded!
Oh why hello there! Since writing this blog post (and before it was published) I visited Teta Mona again. Other than ordered the DIY falafel again, I got to try all these different things. As I am with two boys, BasketballFreak and Hubby, this time, this meal was more meat focussed. Our first dish was the pastry envelopes filled with fetta and haloumi $13.5. The pastry and cheese combo was simply sensational. I was so glad that BasketballFreak decided to order this!
Next we had mains- 7 spice chicken with brown wild rice $17.5. Look, the flavour of the chicken was nice, but it was slightly dry. I am a bit disappointed cos I did rave on about Teta but sadly our first meat dish wasn’t that great.
We were still hungry so decided to order two more medium share plates. The first one was a cigara with spiced lamb. As BasketballFreak mentioned, their pastries were super delicious. I also tasted some super yummy fruitiness on my palatte and thought it was a different kind of fruity yoghurt… but in closer inspection of the menu I realised that the cigara was drizzled with pomegranate molasses, which cuts the heaviness of the dish.
Our last course was the beef and cracked wheat parcels filled with spinach and feta $13.5. Weirdly we thought it was like a pastry, but it’s more like a slightly paleo version of a beef sandwich, except you have beef as the sandwich. I actually quite like it, but the boys didn’t rate it that much.
Overall for my second visit, I reckon their vego meals tasted way better than the meat dishes. Hubby still thinks Tibas is the best. 7.5/10