What comes to mind when you think of Middle Eastern and Moroccan food? Dips? Tagines? Meat skewers? Baklava? Turkish Delight? Yes, the list can go on….
Located in Mount Lawley, Mashawi brings authentic Moroccan and Middle Eastern food. They have just opened a second branch at Victoria Park too for those on the East/South side of the river. Bookings are highly recommended as they are quite popular especially weekends.
If you love dips, you have to order Mashawi’s mixed dips platter. The mixed dips platter comprised of hummus, baba ganoush, batata ganoush and moussaka. Our favourite dip was the moussaka which was a combination of eggplant, roasted capsicum, mixed with chickpeas in Moroccan Neapolitan sauce. The hummus, baba ganoush and batata ganoush were as flavourful, smooth and creamy. So good.
We shared a mixed seafood tagine. There’s a combination of fish, prawns and squid in Moroccan Neapolitan sauce and a choice of couscous or rice. We chose couscous. The seafood was fresh, well-marinated and bursting full of flavour. A squeeze of lemon on top added a hint of zest and acidity to the tagine. It’s one of our favourite!
We had the Lamb Afrah as one of our meat mains. The Lamb Afrah is a dish traditionally served at weddings and celebrations. There’s slow cooked lamb with prunes, garnished with sesame seeds and silvered almonds. This dish was more on the sweeter side from the prunes which complements well with the tender slow cooked lamb. Truly melt in your mouth.
Last but not least, the Mashawi Grill. When you order the Mashawi Grill, you get to choose two skewers of your choice from Shish Taouk (chicken skewers), Kofta Kebab (lamb and beef mince), Shish Kebab (marinated scotch fillet cubes) and Prawn Kebab (marinated prawns). For an additional skewer, it’s $8 each. The Mashawi Grill also comes with garlic dip, Mashawi salad and with a choice of Mashawi rice or chips. For our skewers, we chose the Kofta Kebab and Shish Kebab. Both skewers were very tasty and juicy and the garlic dip was truly delicious!
We actually had some of their sweets too (not pictured) which were the Turkish Delight, Sweet and Crispy Pistachio, Lady Fingers and Pistachio Baklava. At $2.50 each, they were the perfect finish to a hearty feast with a spiced black tea.
From our experience at Mashawi, the food was as good as what I’ve been told or heard. The food here is full of big flavours that will satisfy your tastebuds and will take you on a Moroccan and Middle Eastern journey. There is always something for everyone at Mashawi as the menu offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. It’s a great place for all!