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Published October 2nd 2013
Bring your family and friends
In Greek Mythology, Adonis is the God of Beauty and Desire. This is the link between the Greek God Adonis and the Adonis Tavern, a beautiful Lebanese Restaurant located in the very classy stretch of cafes and eateries on Lygon Street in Brunswick East, which will stir a desire in you to keep coming back for more. Adonis Tavern opened in June 2012, offering a variety of Mediterranean specialties, from Spanish Paella, to Moroccan Tagine, and a lot more.
Even before you enter the restaurant, you know that you are in for a treat, as the coloured tiles at the entrance and the murals in the foyer remind you of the exotic Mediterranean culture. It is impossible to fathom how large the interior is as you pass it by, with room for throngs of diners. Bookings for large groups to hold birthday parties, anniversaries and other occasions can be made, and rest assured, they cater splendidly.
The interior decor is eclectic: rustic with a touch of class and style. One of the corners houses the wood-fire oven, from where the aromas of freshly baked pizza fill the entire main hall. Dessert platters adorn the glass displays as well.
Walls adorned with beautiful artwork: murals, paintings and photographs
The walls are decorated with murals in the cafe style enclosures close to the entrance. The main hall is decorated with photographs of sceneries from Lebanon, Greece and other exotic countries. The corridor that leads to the restrooms also has Oriental paintings dotting the walls.
We visited on a Friday evening and were happy to get very personalised service as it was not busy at that time, but as we were ready to leave, swarms of weekend celebrators were settling in. We ordered a platter of Baba Ghanoush, a dip with an overwhelming taste of grilled eggplant, and a side dish of Falafel accompanied with Tahini and traditional pickles. For mains, I ordered "Samki Harra", which is a snapper fillet coated with a mix of herbs and walnuts. Absolutely divine. My husband ordered the Seadfood Paella, which came out looking delicious, and so it was to the last bite. Both mains were accompanied with fries, Tabouley (traditional salad) and fresh salad. My children ordered a Vegetarian Pizza.
Top to bottom: Seafood Paella, Samki Harra and Vegetarian Pizza
We all had a hearty meal and enjoyed the wonderful ambience. The baklava and dessert menu looked absolutely mouth-watering, but we could not take one more bite after we were finished with our meal.
On weekends, you might be lucky to catch a live musical performance (not a regular feature). The full menu is available on their Facebook page. The restaurant is open only for dinner from 5pm to late every day of the week. It is best to call ahead and make reservations, lest you miss out on your fine dining experience.