Bit by bit, more Lebaneese food and related Middle Eastern goodies have become available in Melbourne’s inner west.
But that doesn’t mean it’s no longer worth a short drive to Essendon for a visit to A1 Bakery (18 Napier Street).
It most certainly is.
I’m sure the pies and pizzas remain the mainstay of this place, but as ever I am irresistably drawn to the glass display cabinet of “mum made it” brilliance.
I have a fabulous smallish plate custom made.
Excellent kibbeh and stuffed vine leaf.
Warmed, incredibly fresh za’atar.
A big dollop of baba ganoush packed with smoky flavour.
And – best of all – zingy, damp, utterly perfect tabouli.
It’s an incredible lunch, the charge for which is $10.