Mezze Bar & Cafe, CBD

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Hidden away in a little alcove on Durham street, Mezze Bar & Cafe serves Mediterranean-style food – cafe meals for brunch and lunch, and tapas for dinner. We came across the place by accident over a year ago, after wondering where the upstairs exit from Whitcoulls led to. That exit has now been closed up, but the cafe can still be accessed through Durham St.

Their brunch menu ends at 3pm and is rather limited, but the few dishes that they do serve are done quite well. I’ve returned time and time again for their Huevos Flamencos ($18.50) – chorizo, spinach, potatoes, and fried eggs served in a sizzling pan with crusty Turkish bread. My partner had eggs benedict with salmon ($18.50) – the hollandaise and eggs were great, but he found the salmon slightly disappointing as he was expecting the usual slices of smoked salmon instead of a big chunk of grilled salmon. We’ve also tried their moorish eggs, toast, and french toast, before – all of which were pretty good.

Service can be a bit hit and miss, and on our most recent visit we ended up waiting 40 minutes for our food. But the place was packed to the brim when we arrived, so it’s fairly understandable. We also enjoyed the Mediterranean-inspired ambience, with the colorful pillows scattered around the couches and little palm fronds for deco. It’s a nice little cafe with a bit of a twist, and we usually return on a semi-regular basis. Haven’t tried the tapas or drinks yet, but we might in the future, as I’ve heard they make a mean sangria.

 

Cost: $15 – $20 pp
Food: 4 Stars
Service: 3 Stars
Ambience: 4 Stars
Value for money: 3 Stars

 

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