Meadow Heights Classic Lebanese Bakery, 19/A Meadow Heights Shopping Centre, 55 Paringa Boulevard, Meadow Heights. Phone: 9309 8206
Sweet World, Shop 20, Meadow Heights Shopping Centre, 55 Paringa Boulevard, Meadow Heights. Phone: 9309 2552
Working at Airport West has changed the way I think about the Ring Road.
So, too, has the cessation of the long-running works that made the road a sometimes stressful route.
Instead of ploughing my way across the city, it now seems like a breezy avenue to foodie riches in the northern suburbs, especially on a sunny if cold Saturday with light, free-flowing traffic.
Take the Pascoe Vale Road exit, a few clicks past Broadmeadows central, turn left on Paringa Boulevard and I’m at Meadow Heights Shopping Centre.
It’s a mid-sized centre with a nice, relaxed vibe as folks go about their business.
Inside, there’s an Asian grocer, an IGA, a halal butcher and so on.
Outside to the left, there’s what looks to a pretty good Turkish kebab place and, right next door, a halal pizza joint.
On the right are the two businesses a colleague has given me a great tip about.
Meadow Heights Classic Lebanese Bakery has, I’m told, been on these premises for about four years.
But it’s got a lovely, warm, lived-in vibe and the staff are super.
The range of pies and pizzas is mostly regulation, superbly and cheaply priced, and attracting a steady stream of hungry customers.
I choose for my lunch, though, a pizza I have never come across before.
The zayban ($5, top picture) has tangy yogurt, fresh mint, olives, cucumber and tomato.
Right here, right now its seems like a brilliant contender for my meal of the year.
I grab four spinach and cheese pies for home use. They’re $3 apiece, also outstanding and more heftily filled than is often the case.
Then it’s time to switch from savoury to sweet and Lebanese to Turkish with a stroll right next door to Sweet World.
The baklava, as fully expected, is excellent and full of dusky flavour.
I like it that it is served in a modest, $1.50 size, too.
Coffee can be a bit of a lottery in such places, so I am happy to report that my $3 cafe latte is expertly done.
I get a modest package of take-aways here, too.
But not of the baklava or the other syrupy items; instead I get lovely looking, and buttery, cookies.
I know not the Turkish name for them, but they look awfully similar to Italian biscotti!
The wikipedia entry on this suburb is blunt: “Meadow Heights offers little in the way of attractions …”
Consider The Sauce disagrees!