Brisbane foodies rejoice! Well renowned Za Za Ta Bar & Kitchen, known for its extraordinary vegetarian cuisine, is dishing up its Winter menu with meat-free Middle Eastern & Mediterranean delights. Join new head chef Michael Douglas Jackson throughout the cool months as he brings a modern take on Israeli cuisine to the tables of the luscious and exotic eatery.
Be prepared to dig into clean and delicious meals filled with the utmost of flavours that support the farm to table movement. Start with the likes of charred capsicum, rose harrisa, goat’s curd and mint, perfectly paired with braised carrots and red pepper mahummara sauce – an absolute treat of an appetiser. But it doesn’t stop there. Spread the mahummara sauce on your freshly woodfired za’atar flatbread to finish off your entree with a hit!
Did somebody say dumplings? Yep, we sure did. Jackfruit, leek & thyme dumplings, to be exact, served with potato crem and charred corn. Can it get any better? We’ll be forever drooling over these. Fill up your plate with vegetables such as charred cos heart seasoned with basil tarator and dukkah or charred broccolini served with crispy shallot and smoky feta (you won’t be denying these greens). One of the greatest hits from the menu is, without a doubt, Za Za Ta’s notoriously delicious winter beetroots complete with sumac labneh and sweet & sour berry conserve. Because what’s a Middle Eastern feast without a red beet?
And now that you’re almost rolling, it’s time for the most important part of the night, dessert, of course. Fill up the last of your stomach with the sweet classic mahalabi, pomegranite sherbert sorbet topped with blueberries and raspberries to cleanse your palette. Or opt for Za Za Ta’s version of the bombe Alaska aka the rakia burnt meringue served with a 16-hour slow-cooked quince & almond parfait and blackcurrant sorbet. They had us at meringue!
Although, if you’re more of a chocolate fiend, we highly suggest going all out with the decadent and rich chocolate & orange blossom baklava served with pistachio ice cream to end the night on a high. All or nothing, right? As chef Jackson said, you won’t leave Za Za Ta Bar & Kitchen feeling hungry (and boy was he right).