One of our customers has opened a new restaurant in Elsternwick, with a creative feature wall made of Uludag Efsane cans purchased from Grand Foods. Seating 40 people, The Moor’s Head Restaurant was recently featured in the The Age Good Food and provides delicious manoushe, pide and sweet fatayers to an eager and hungry audience.
Joseph Abboud and business partner John Farha opened their second Moor’s Head Restaurant on the former Manakish Middle Eastern bakery site. Their first Moor’s Head Restaurant is firmly established in Thornbury, and Abboud also owns Rumi on Lygon Street in Brunswick East. The Moor’s Head name was derived from the still top used to make Arak – a native Lebanese aniseed drink.
The “Inauthentic Banquet” starts from $30pp and offers a sample selection of Moor’s Head food. Or try the Lunch (available at Elsternwick only). Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available and there is an “Arak of the Day” as well as the famous Lebanese 961 beer.
Lunch at Moor's Head Elsternwick includes plates of grains and pulses, vegetables and meats.
The décor includes simple black and white tiles, raw wood and the mural Uludag wall, which was dedicated to the process of making arak.
The making of the Uludag Efsane feature wall.
Manoushe is a Lebanese style round pizza and comes in six Moor’s Head varieties, including some deliciously gourmet flavours, like the Saladin (Red Z’atar, felfeleh – red pepper and pomegranate – labne, mint, walnuts, cumin and roquette) and the “Fred The Deaf” manoushe (Free range chicken minced with baharat and garlic, green olives, roquette and tahini yoghurt).
The Beiruti Manoushe available at The Moor's Head, Elsternwick. Photo by Nat Stockley.
The pide is also equally inviting, with an Istanbuli (pumpkin, spinach, caramelised onion, tahini yoghurt, dukkah and parsley) and the Erkin Koray (tomato, beef sujuk, red pepper, haloumi and olives). With several varieties of unique gourmet pide to choose from, it’s hard to choose between them and settle on just one!
The Bosphorus Pide and Baby Peppers (stuffed with fetta and walnuts).
The triangular shaped sweet fatayers make the perfect small dessert after filling up on the savoury mains. There’s a Nutella Tilyan, a halva and banana Ya’oub and a ricotta, honey and walnut Jamil to sample, along with Turkish delight, fairy floss and Lebanese ice cream pops.
The Jamil Fatayer (ricotta, honey and walnuts).
Lebanese supplies can also be purchased at the front counter to take home. The Moor’s Head Elsternwick is available for functions and parties with prior booking.
Open daily 10.00am to 10.00pm.
Moor’s Head Restaurant
480A Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick
Phone: 03 9523 1198