Dukkah seeks to impress with the flavours from various cultures of the Middle East.
Wooden furnishings with splashes of colour against walls provide the large space with a cosy feel. The simple yet playful design is inspired by daily life in the Middle East.
Staying true to Middle Eastern style of dining, Dukkah’s menu is designed to share with a selection of small and big plates. The menu is a contemporary take on many Middle Eastern home-style dishes.
On the drinks front, expect to find a solid list of beers and non-alcoholic options. There is also a commendable wine list which is short and concise and heroes local wineries including some interesting labels that you will struggle to find anywhere else.
We loved tasting our way through the menu.
To start we recommend the delectable dips served with crusty Turkish bread. We found every dip to be as moreish as the next. Dukkah’s take on the humble hummus included a dash of lemon and turmeric and boasted a hearty, earthy flavour. The Fel-fel was similarly delightful – a rich and creamy char-grilled capsicum, cream cheese, sweet paprika, walnuts and chives dip. For something lighter, the Beet Labneh was perfect and made from caramelised beetroot, yoghurt and black sesame seeds.
Next up, the Cheese Cigars were simple but simply delicious – Think cigar shaped pastries filled with an addictive mix of haloumi, feta and mozzarella.
Dukkah’s rendition of the Mahshi was yet another highlight. Stuffed vine leaves with spiced rice and lemon dressing were served warm and as a result simply melted our mouths.
From the “Big Plates” section of the menu, the Chicken Shawarma Tagine was a must have. Tender layers of 24hr marinated grilled chicken shawarma was served with saffron rice, crispy pita chips and topped with pomegranate and roasted almonds.
For something heartier to share, we recommend the Lamb Tagine Advieh which comprises of spiced slow cooked lamb pieces sitting atop fluffy pea and apricot Moroccan couscous with the most wonderful lamb jus and a fresh garden salad.
Dessert time continued the trend of the evening – excellent. Pleasing to both the eyes and palate, both the Kunafa and Om Ali concluded our visit on a sweet end. Dukkah’s Kunafa was a refreshing and lighter take on the traditional with layers of shredded angel hair pastry, mango and cream topped with pistachio dust & rose petals. The Om Ali on the other hand was sheer decadence – a Puff pastry pudding slathered with coconut, cinnamon milk, hazelnut and sultanas, served warm in a tagine. A dessert that is just perfect for wintery nights.
Dukkah is a neighbourhood gem where guests are taken on a delicious journey of comforting and heartfelt food that is perfect to share with family and friends.
Location: 23 Vernon Street, South Kingsville
Phone: 03 9399 3737