In Hardware Lane, one of Melbourne's most well-known lanes lined with restaurants, a newcomer has opened its doors wide and with the sound of fun. There is laughter, there is energy, there is music and there is food served in pita bread. This is exactly how you would imagine street food being served in Tel Aviv. You expect the young staff at Miznon to start dancing any minute, they are so energetic and so friendly and so full of fun chatting with customers.
But there is more to Miznon than just street food and a fun atmosphere, it is street food with a difference. Most of the food is served in the soft pockets of delicious pita; there are chickpeas with tahini and a boiled egg, a wagyu burger, lamb ribs, tuna, cauliflower, and ratatouille, all fresh, seasonal and delicious. The pita is served in a paper bag to catch all the yummy sauces, but you still have to be careful not to get some of it on yourself. Not all food is served in the pita, some appear in paper bags, the signature grilled cauliflower and the bag of 7 types of beans, for example.
Miznon is an Israeli food chain with 6 branches all over the world, Melbourne being one. If you are sitting on the upper level of the restaurant, it is almost like watching a performance down below with pita bread being made, meat grilled, sauces poured over food and even though it may appear chaotic, there is an efficient system in place. The funky furniture, industrial furniture and decor give Miznon special appeal amongst some of the more conservative restaurants of Hardware Lane.
Besides originating in Israel, Miznon's philosophy on food is to capture the energy, groove, and food of the city, in this case, Melbourne, and to present it in one pita. This is certainly what Miznon has achieved in the relatively short time that it has been a newbie on the Melbourne food scene. When you go, make sure you don't have a business meeting afterwards as you could be giving away where you had lunch by that spot of tahini on your shirt or dress! Oh, and Miznon means 'kiosk' in Hebrew.