Melabes – Israeli Pitta joint
It is not very often you get an Israeli restaurant open up in London and Melabes has recently launched with pitta as their main feature. Pitta is a prominent staple in Middle Eastern cuisines and I definitely had my fair share while out on my travels to Israel.
The core of the menu offers a variety of pitas filled with meats, like minced beef and lamb or Mediterranean chicken with tahini and vegetables or sea bass with tzatziki. I was excited when I saw Shakshuka and Hummus on the menu, really bringing back memories of my visit to the Holy City. The former was a nicely slow cooked tomato and spicy stew with poached eggs, tahini, picked cucumber and coriander. It is always hard to find a good shakshuka and this one was just spicy enough and with just the right amount of tomatoes and neatly cooked eggs. It comes with a small bit of hummus, pitta and some picked vegetables. A real delightful breakfast that can also come in a pitta if you wanted!
Next was a large plate of creamy hummus, bringing back memories of Abu Hasan in Tel Aviv! Thick, fluffy and creamy pulped chickpeas mixed with tahini and a healthy heap of olive oil. Add some of that lemon juice for some extra flavour and freshness!
The Royal Giros was a open laffa bread topped with char-grilled lamb, tahini, a unique ama-tahini sauce, finished with grilled onions and tomatoes and topped with parsley mint. Meaty flavours of lamb coming in a cross between a pitta bread and a pizza!
All in All
A nice new cafe style eatery offering some incredible pitta combinations. The shakshuka and hummus does bring back memories with the flavours of each dish all very tasty and delicious. I cannot wait to see what new dishes are going to come soon!
Also published on Medium.