Fitzroy’s fav Lebanese joint Mama Manoush has upsized to a brand new Brunswick location.
Since 2014, Mama Manoush has been feeding its band of loyal followers with delicious nosh and Middle East flavours. Now they’ve set up shop on Lygon Street with a fresh new menu, an updated Lebanese-focused wine list and, even better, a summery beer garden – the perfect sun-filled spot to enjoy Mama’s best.
The restaurant’s name is derived from the Lebanese word manakish, a popular Lebanese breakfast dish that triggers a sense of nostalgia in many expat communities. Mama Manoush’s owner, Elizabeth Kairouz, has deliberately played on her childhood memories of food for her culinary business venture.
“In my town [Becharre, one of the oldest villages in Lebanon], my daddy used to invite a lot of people and I learnt cooking from my grandma and mother,” says Elizabeth.
Supporting the venture is Elizabeth’s business partner, childhood neighbour and lifelong fan, Anthony Hachem. Over their years in Fitzroy, Elizabeth and Anthony have built an unyielding reputation for top quality Lebanese food, from kafta to tabouli, riz al jaj to marinated chicken drumettes and shish tawook skewers to falafel.
After a three-year stint in Fitzroy, Mama Manoush has started a fresh new chapter with the establishment of the Brunswick East eatery.
“We decided to move our business to a busier location where we can really showcase what Lebanese people are about – hospitality, tasty food and fun people with a great vibe,” says Anthony.