Fateh - Oasis Bakery AUD10

A jumble of chickpeas smothered in smooth, cool, creamy mix of tahini and yoghurt, studded with toasted pinenuts and almonds, drizzled with olive oil, piled atop crisp pita chips. The soggy pita underneath was a bit of a treat soaked in the goodness of tahini and yoghurt.

That is the beauty of having a Middle Eastern Oasis in the middle of Murrumbeena!

Housed in a non-descript warehouse in the middle of suburbia, this Lebanese bakery is a bustling hive of activity. Not only does it have a bakery churning out loads of bread by the truckful, it also has a wonderful cafe with tasty shawarmas, a bain marie full of stews and irresistable desserts!

Just before midday on a Saturday, it was already half full with brunch munching diners. Come lunch time, a wave of parents with kids in sportware and Middle Eastern families pile into the cafe.

Service is brisk with an army in the kitchen dishing up food without breaking pace. Helpful staff describe dishes in Anglo-friendly terms and how it should be eaten. Although, I do like the mystique when it explained with gestures, much hand-waving, and the inevitable misundertanding. That's part of the fun, right?

The decor is modern blonde wood with Middle Eastern flourishes, like the metal lamps in a corner of the dining area and Lebanese music videos on the large LCD TV on the wall, which provided a background to the chatter.

This wonderful discovery is definitely worth visiting again, if only to try the array of dishes and sweets on offer.

Oasis Bakery - Bakery, Groceries, Cafe, Catering
(03) 9570 1122
Unit 9, 993 North Rd
Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Monday - Sunday 8am - 7pm

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