After a trip overseas I've found myself addicted to falafel which is something that I never really ate a lot of before. I've attempted to make my own (with results both humourous and disastrous) but I think after visiting Munooshi Cafe that I'll just leave it to the experts. I've thought about keeping the place my own little secret but won't for a few reasons. Number one is that it really isn't much of a secret as the few times I've been there it's been quite busy. It seems to be popular with a wide range of people from business workers to university goers.
Munooshi Cafe sits opposite Rymill Park in the east end of Adelaide. It's sort of hidden away but not really. I guess I just have few reasons to be happening past it. Adelaide actually has a lot of little cafes like this one that I've been meaning to try for quite some time but just haven't gotten around to yet.
Boy, am I glad I finally made the effort to give this place a try. Each time I've visited (about once a week since my first visit) I've been impressed with the friendly service and the quality of the food on offer. There are tables out the front, and also upstairs. I have only eaten there once, as it's nice to get the food to go and sit in the park and eat.
A munooshi is an Arabic or Lebanese pizza. I've seen it described as a yiros crossed with a calzone which seems like a pretty good summation. It's folded over in half like a calzone but it isn't sealed up, and its fillings would be at home in a yiros. What really makes it so delicious is that it's the perfect combination of fresh, warm flat bread with the filling and sauces of your choice. And at about $9 each they aren't too hard on the hip pocket either.
I've had the falafel munooshi every time I've been, which may not be that adventurous of me but I feel little need to be adventurous when the product is so freaking good. My boyfriend has tried the falafel munooshi, the lamb mince munooshi and the kiby munooshi, and I think the kiby has proven to be his favourite thus far. His only slight issue is that the kiby munooshi doesn't have the pickled turnips and other salad on it that the falafel one has.
He's liked all of the fillings he's tried though including the lamb mince pictured below. When we ate in we only waited about ten minutes for our meals but depending on how busy they are it can be a bit longer.
On my first visit there was a girl who was waiting quite a while for a milkshake to come to the table next to us. Along with other meals offered including an Arabic salad, pizza and various wraps, Munooshi also have coffee, freshly-squeezed juices and sweets on offer.
My only concern is that when they are busy they can't really have more staff as the space is quite small and so offering so many different items means that things might get a bit frantic in there. However, the munooshi is so good that it doesn't bother me if I sometimes have to wait a little longer for it.