Mu’ooz Eritrean Restaurant & Catering~ Moorooka

11 Sep

Over the past year I have had some followers ask me if they can get themselves an invite when Timbob and I venture out for dinner around Brisbane. So I went ahead and created the Bytes of Brisbane Dinner Club, where members can dine together once or twice a month at nominated restaurants across Brisbane and its surrounds. With a mixture of peoples opinions and tastes, I hope to create a review that offers more than just my personal view.

Mu'ooz

I hosted the very first Bytes of Brisbane Dinner Club the other week at Mu’ooz Eritrean Restaurant. You may be asking yourself, ‘What is Eritrean Cuisine?’ And in turn I will say to you, ‘It is Awesome!’, if I may be so bold.

Eritrean cuisine, funnily enough, comes from Eritrea. A small country on the African continent situated between Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Red Sea. Eritrean cuisine resembles its neighbours, Ethiopia and nearby Somalia, and also includes interpretations of classic Italian dishes due to its colonisation by Italy in the late 1800’s.

Mu’ooz is tucked away downstairs in the Ranchhod Arcade on Beaudesert Road, Moorooka. The Director, Saba, is one of the many behind the Mu’ooz enterprise that was set up in 2003 by the Eritrean Women and Family Support Network. Its aim:

‘To create training and work experience opportunities for refugee women from Eritrea and surrounding African countries. As well as providing an opportunity for paid employment for refugee women and their families, the restaurant improves cross-cultural understanding and assist with breaking down barriers in the local community.’

Once inside, the warmth of the decor was ever present. We were greeted by the manager, Denise and our waitress for the evening, Adram.

Our Wonderful Hosts ~ Adram & Denise

Throughout the evening, we were well looked after. One of the diners joining us was pregnant and requested some carrot to crunch on during the meal and they were more than happy to oblige. We went ahead and ordered a share platter ($22pp and dish selections increase with number of diners). Our platter came with Enjera (sponge like flat bread, great for sopping up tasty goodness), Brusn (red lentils stewed with mild Eritrean spices), Shiro (finely grounded chickpeas and spices served with stuffed chillies), Qulwa (tender lamb sauteed in tasame with onion, garlic, rosemary and green chillies), and Beef Zighni (traditional spicy curry flavoured with berbere, onion, tomato, garlic and tasame). All of these dishes were delicious and surprisingly filling. I was particularly taken by the Lamb dish.

Share Platter

‘Interesting food, brilliant staff!’ ~ Mel, Teacher

Eritrean Coffee Ceremony

Roasted BeansJebena

‘Great food and lovely atmosphere. Really good dishes to share. Loved the coffee.’ ~ Liam, Noodle Lover

Dinner was finished up nicely with a traditional Eritrean Coffee Ceremony performed by our waitress Adram. We had the best seat in the house for this one. The ceremony is held in front of a beautifully hollowed out clay stone wall filled with decor originating from Eritrea in design. Firstly, the green coffee beans are roasted in a pot over an open flame. Once roasted, we were given a chance to each take in the aromatic smoke. The coffee beans were then taken and ground, boiled and served in a traditional piece of pottery called a Jebena. The coffee was strong (which I don’t mind), and had a great depth of flavour. Highly recommended.

I have to say, I think this place is just great and this was definitely the vibe I got off the group as we left the establishment.

‘Great for sharing, and completely unlike anything I’ve had before. Very recommendable..’ ~ Tim, Mayor of Awesomeville

Bytes of Brisbane Dinner Club

Food: 4.5        Drink: 4 (cool drink range lacking however BYO and coffee ceremony are of note)        Service: 5       Ambience: 4.5

Ranchhod Arcade (Downstairs)
197-201 Beaudesert Road
Moorooka QLD 4105

07 3255 8992

Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 3pm and 6 – 9pm
Bookings of over 10 Available Monday and Sunday by request

Mu'ooz Eritrean Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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