We’ve been aware of Jazeera Cafe (16 Paisley Street, Footscray) for a long time, but simply haven’t gotten around to visiting until now.
No doubt because we’ve established such a happy groove in going to Racecourse Road, Flemington, when we desire Somalian food.
Which is often.
However, recently CTS friend Juz has given Jazeera a couple of goes – and his feedback has been heartening.
So here we are.
I suspect there may be a menu available here … but our ordering is reduced to admirable, happy simplicity.
“Can we get some dinner here tonight?”
“What sort of food do you want?”
And with that – and a big smile – our server disappears into the kitchen.
That’s fine by us.
We understand that on a low-key week night, we’re going to get what’s actually in the kitchen – or nothing at all.
As it turns, what we are provided is what we would’ve ordered anyway – soup, lamb, rice.
The soup is thicker than we’ve become used to elsewhere – more like a cream soup or a chowder.
It’s fine, but doesn’t have the zesty, lemony tang we love so much.
Our rice platter is most excellent.
It could be described as “lamb three ways” – there’s a stew, a sort-of Somalian bolognese atop the spaghetti and a big, meaty piece of braised/baked sheep meat.
Bennie has already eaten elsewhere this night, so our $15 meal does fine for both of us.
And as ever, it’s the fabulous, fragrant rice that crowns our dining as top notch.