Tanoor Breakfast House, 1/69 Forsyth Road, Hoppers Crossing. Phone: 8360 3468
As the less established parts of Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina and Williams Landing have become more so in recent years, a number of eating houses have opened in response to a demand for Indian food.
That has not been the case for those desiring Middle Eastern and/or the food of the eastern Mediterranean – until now.
Tanoor Breakfast House – don’t worry, it does lunch, too! – is here to make our day and maybe even our year.
It doesn’t serve full-blown Lebanese food as found at Riviera at Edgewater.
Instead, it serves (see menu below) a wonderful range of pizzas and pies (man’oush and man’oush calzone) right through to a Lebanese Big Breakfast and a Turkish Big Breakfast.
Best of all, for our tastes and wants and needs, it serves a wonderful line-up – under the heading Traditional Breakfast – of dips and the like served with accompaniments and house-made bread.
This is the kind of thing for which CTS routinely travels to upper Sydney Road.
Now Tanoor Breakfast House has rendered those sometimes tedious and stressful traffic-light drives to Coburg superfluous – and we couldn’t be happier.
“Hummus b Lahme” comes with three components:
These still-warm and fresh-as housemade breads.
The full suite of salady and tart accessories – pickled turnip, cucumber and chillis; green olives; fresh mint, tomato and onion.
And – oh, the glory of it! – a generous bowl of smooth, fresh hummus, in the middle of which sits an equally generous serve of lamb mince studded with toasted pine nuts.
It all works and tastes like a dream, the sourness of the pickles complementing perfectly the sweetish sheep meat.
The pine nuts – with their unmistakable yet subtle flavour and characteristic soggy crunch – are the icing on the cake.
This is simply fabulous food.
It costs $10.
Which is frankly ridiculous, as it is tantamount to a light meal that could easily serve two.
The falafel plate ($12), with a slightly different configuration of bits and pieces, is just as good.
Just the turshi (pickled turnip) in terms of pickles.
And, this time, a wonderful wet-and-lemony tabouli and small bowl of tahini to join the hummus, bread and tomato.
The half a dozen falafel orbs are superbly fried, of mild flavour and quite delicate.
Our takeaway coffees are great.
Tanoor is open seven days a week from 6am to 3pm.