Mashawi offers Middle Eastern/Moroccan cuisine in three outlets across Perth – Mount Lawley, Vic Park and Currambine – we went along to the Mount Lawley venue a couple of weeks ago. We had been to a wine tasting earlier and just wanted a small meal which may not have allowed us the opportunity to fully appreciate what was on offer – but what we had, we enjoyed, so will get along again and try more of the dishes on offer.
The menu is extensive and offers a host of dips, hot starters, seafood dishes, vegan and vegetarian options, tagines and a lot more besides – they are unlicensed but with an outstanding liquor store on the next corner that poses no problems for those looking for a wine or some-such to accompany their meals.
We ordered a couple of the hot starters (or tapas as they list them) – garlic prawns, cheese cigars and then a vegan tagine style dish – Black Fez.
The prawns were well cooked, retaining a pleasing crunch to the bite, the flesh sweet and moist – a little garlic aromatics and flavour with olive oil and lemon to add a spot of pizzazz.
The cheese cigars – filo pastry encasing a mix of fetta and spinach – hit all the right notes – crisp pastry, moist filling, nicely seasoned, with creamy tzatziki to dip. Liked these a lot.
And the last – couscous, tomato, crumbed eggplant, chickpeas, all cooked in a mildly spiced tomato ragu – very filling and very pleasant.
All in all the food was enjoyable and we will certainly be back to check out more of the menu.
Mashawi, from what we saw, is turning out pretty good Middle Eastern food in attractive and comfortable surrounds. Well worth a look.