Mezmez, 42 Ferguson Street, Williamstown. Phone: 9397 8804
We sometimes have a laugh about how fickle the winds are that blow Consider The Sauce this way and that as it embarks on its adventures.
It’s our Saturday jaunt, we’re hungry and feeling virtuous after about an hour’s worth of house-cleaning in our low-maintenance home.
Heading towards Fehon Street, we are confronted with road signs ruling out a right-hand turn and destinations such as Seddon, Footscray and beyond.
So a left turn it is … and Williamstown, with no specific destination in mind.
We park and check out a cool pizza place that is on our “to do” list, but they’re not rolling yet despite it being 12.30pm.
Maybe next time for them.
So we are happy to return to Mezmez, which we wrote about just a few weeks back – it’s a beaut and significant addition to the Williamstown food scene, and we’re eager to try some more of their dishes and write about them.
Bennie has been given the run of menu, including the more substantial and expensive meals, but goes for the pide with BBQ zatar chicken, peppers, spinach and chipotle mayo ($14).
It goes down a treat.
He especially like the herby nature of the chicken.
My salad of baby beetroots with walnuts, goats cheese, witlof, pasrley and orange dressing ($15) is fabulously brilliant.
It’s a big serve – I take a while longer to eat my lunch than Bennie does to eat his sandwich – and filling for a dish made up so much of water-based ingredients.
The way the various goodies both play off each other and meld together is magical.
The key ingredient is the witlof, the bitterness of which moderates the beet sweetness.
Mezmez today has some keen-looking baklava on display but we find we are unable to do anything but order another of their Nutella doughnuts ($3.50).
Both myself and the occupants of the adjoining table are bemused by Bennie’s display of inexpert cutting the sees us end up with two unequal doughnut halves.
Oh well – even the lesser of the two tastes divine to me.
Just like that, Mezmez has become a CTS favourite.