Amanie’s Bakery, Shop 4/280 Main Rd, St Albans. Phone: 9364 5333
No matter where you head in Melbourne for your fix Lebanese pies and pizza, they remain some of the very cheapest and finest food available.
The shop at the Circle in Altona is our default Lebanese pizza shop, due to both its excellence and the neighbouring shops, several of which have become firm and regular favourites.
It has a limited range, though, and in terms of an enjoyable eating-out-in-public experience, it doesn’t get more spartan.
Sometimes it’s only natural to want something a bit more colourful and entertaining.
Both offer broader menus that include things such as dip and falafel platters.
And both are way up there when it comes to interest, human and otherwise, and entertainment.
Amanie’s Bakery in St Albans resides somewhere between those two approaches, both in travelling distance from Yarraville and overall vibe.
The decor and furnishings are your basic ethnic cafe stuff, but the food list has all the basics and a few other items as well.
Mr Amanie, who has been here about 10 years, is a cheerful and obliging host.
I’m here today to buy pies for the coming week – and, of course, for lunch, for which I desire something other than pies!
So I order the omelette “with lots”, which is going to cost me $5.50.
I’m half expecting that this will be served as the scrambled eggs are at Al-alamy – with pita bread, tomato slices, pickles and olives on the side – but I’m up for whatever eventuates.
That’s all to the good, as what I receive is a sort of egg pizza, with the omelette spread on the base and studded with tomato, olives and capsicum.
It’s been dusted deftly with chilli powder, which delivers a nice and spicy glow to what is just the sort of light lunch I craved.
Ms Baklover gives her rundown of this bakery’s gear here at Fooscray Food Blog.
Meanwhile, it continues to be a profound mystery to me why Lebanese pizzas and pies – and sundry other dishes at the places that serve them – are not more widely celebrated as a brilliant and magical slice of Melbourne’s food scene.