It’s an oasis, it’s a bakery, it’s a food store, it’s a café.
This local favourite, hidden in a Murrumbeena industrial precinct, serves up Middle Eastern breakfasts, grills, pastries and notorious Lebanese sweets. And with Executive Chef Colin Wilson (ex Thierry Marx, Rockpool) at the helm, the bakery has launched a contemporary brunch menu, with – of course – a Middle Eastern twist.
It’s typically hard to find a free table come weekend peak hour at this family-run bakery. With the addition of the new brunch menu, we don’t imagine this problem easing. The Spring Eggs and the Breakfast Tacos are tasty, healthy, familiar names, but incorporate elements like citrus labne and smoky chipotle hommous.
Traditionalists – don’t be dismayed. The shawarma or the massive and impressive Lebanese Breakfast (which can really be shared between two) are still available. There is a grand number of appealing dishes on the menu but perhaps the most visually impressive – and most fun to eat – are the desserts. Though the sheer volume of flavours in the PB & J Waffles and Carnival Hotcakes are perhaps too overwhelming, you’re definitely going to have fun tackling the breakfast dessert with a brunch partner.
Don’t forget to peruse the adjoining food store for imported goods like pulses, grains, oils, sauces and incredible frozen lamb pizzas.
In a sentence: A tasty trip to the Middle East when in Murrumbeena.
Verdict: Would Go Back.
Words & Images by Menique Fernando. Melbourne Food Blogger dined as a guest of Oasis Bakery.