The King of Cauliflower isn’t a title Eyal Shani wears lightly. He’s a true pioneer when it comes to serving up our beloved cream-coloured brassica, and he’s brought his recipes for authentic pita pockets all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Melbourne’s Hardware Lane.
Eyal is renowned in Israel for his quirky cooking style that combines traditional flavours with contemporary cooking methods. His signature roasted cauliflower has earned him celebrity chef status, and (as a result) a place as a guest judge on MasterChef Israel. Now it’s Melbourne’s turn to get a piece of action, with Eyal’s gourmet Israeli street food establishment, Miznon, opening its doors on Hardware Lane.
Miznon (the Hebrew word for kiosk) champions Middle Eastern fare based around one beautiful concept: everything in a pita. Eyal’s execution of this simple idea relies on quality produce to create gourmet ingredients, which are – obviously – enveloped in pita bread. This also allows the flavours within these warmed packed pockets to develop. It’s nothing fussy – just good, old-fashioned, wholesome food.
Expect flavour combinations such as cauliflower and tahini, lamb rib stew served with tahini, pickles and chilli, and Merlan fish stew with spicy tomato sauce (or hraime). But don’t feel pressured to stick with pita alone. Spread the love to the selection of sides, including green beans seasoned with Israeli spices or potatoes with sour cream, garlic and green onions.
The best part for visitors to the busy CBD? Miznon is super easy to find. You can smell the fragrant aromas of Israeli street food a block away, and when you start spotting pleased Melburnians with their hands wrapped around a delicious meal, you know you’re in the right place.