Sometimes, when I’m invited to try out a restaurant, things don’t go quite how I expected them to go. For example, when I was invited to MANOOSH PIZZARIA in Enmore, I was picturing your classic little Italian pizzaria, probably with wooden floors and plastic chairs, and a red and white checked table cloth. Not so! Turns out MANOOSH is a takeaway joint! For those who already knew this, please forgive my gullibility! This is not a negative comment in the slightest. If anything, it highlights that I should be more open-minded. In fact, as I was to find out soon enough, MANOOSH PIZZARIA is one of the most sought after Lebanese pizza joints in the area. It was incredibly busy, even on a Monday night!
After a slight confusing about why I was there asking for free food (not literally, but I had been invited!) the manager brought out a selection of their most popular items. That included the Vegan’s Paradise – Spinach, mushroom, capsicum, tomato, olives, onion, garlic & oregano drizzled with tahini sauce with a tomato base ($17) (also available with a Zaatar base) which has a secret vegan cheese recipe. To be honest, we weren’t blown away. However I’m sure the vegans out there will rejoice at having a pizza option for them. Both DS and I tried to figure out what the ‘vegan cheese’ was made of. We concluded it had to be something to do with cashews.
Next up a couple of wraps came out. These were HUGE! Definitely too much for us to eat them, pizza and snacks! My pick was the Chicken Wrap – Lettuce, tomato, pickles & onion topped with our famous garlic sauce with oven roasted breast ($8.50). Incredible value at that price and so tasty. But – helloooo garlic breath (for days)! For the vegetarians and vegans out there there’s the Falafel Wrap – Freshly cooked falafel, hummus, lettuce, tomato & pickles drizzled with our tahini sauce (vegan) ($7)
Finally we got to try a selection of sides including the Triple Cheesy Balls (a stretchy blend of mozzarella, parmesan and cream cheese encased in a crumbed potato dough) and Pumpkin Kebbeh (chickpea, spinach & onion filling encased in a burghul & pumpkin football). By this time we were well and truly stuffed so we tried a few bites of each. The Triple Cheesy Balls were definitely a stand-out (sorry, vegan cheese!).
All in all, it was a bit of an unusual food outlet for me to review. But we can’t complain – we had a feast! Thanks for having us – we’ll definitely recommend MANOOSH PIZZARIA to all vegans and vegetarians we know!
170 ENMORE ROAD
Disclaimer: talk&spoon and DS were invited to dine at Manoosh Pizzaria. All opinions, however, are our own.