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Opened in 2008 (and named after Chef and owner – Shane Delia’s wife) Melbourne’s Maha restaurant is renowned for its fresh, contemporary Middle Eastern menu with a cutting-edge style that has resulted in Maha earning One Chefs Hat in The Age Good Food Guide annually since 2009. Using a fresh, innovative and unrestricted approach with Mediterranean influences, Maha skilfully redefines this ancient cuisine through modern dining.
Shane is principally known as a chef and owner of restaurants – but he is also recognised as a television presenter, host of his own TV shows Spice Journey and Recipe for Life, author of cookbooks and a charity and brand ambassador.
A Taste of Maha at SOUL Bar & Bistro
Harissa braised abalone & charred cucumber
Lamb kibbeh neya, beetroot, toasted sesame, burghul tart
Wine Match: Akarua Sparkling
Hummus, spiced crispy pork, pickled apricots, parsley
Chemen cured kingfish, pickled cucumber, urfa biber
Fried buns, taramasalata, salmon caviar & dill
Poached chicken, harissa, coriander, tahini
Arak pickled cucumber, yoghurt, candied black olive
Wine Match: Chaffey Bros Tripelpunkt Riesling 2017, Barossa/Eden Valley
Spanner crab turkish dumplings, shellfish & capsicum butter, almonds, pickled fennel
Winter foraged leaves, toasted sesame dressing, nigella seeds
Wine Match: Akarua Chardonnay 2018, Central Otago
Wagyu shin tagine, baharat, chestnuts & winter mushroom
Pickled pumpkin, whipped tahini, macadamia, pomegranate, seeds
Aged rice, seven spice, cloves, cinnamon & barberries
Wine Match: Chateau Musar 2010, Lebanon
‘Sutlac’ toasted rice ice cream, honey & lemon, puffed rice
Wine Match: Fromm Late Harvest Gewürztraminer
Shane is Maltese by birth and has always had a deep connection and love for the Middle East. It is not only in his bloodline – he is Phoenician (an ancient civilization located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea), but his wife is Lebanese. The restaurant style is communal, influenced by Shane’s upbringing within his large Maltese family where food was as much a chance for people to gather and eat with the comfort of love and a shared history as it was a meal.Shane and the Maha team will join Gavin Doyle of SOUL Bar & Bistro to create a one-off menu of full flavoured Middle Eastern dishes and a night of a shared love of food and company.
With SOUL’s show-stopping waterfront position and Shane’s progressive Middle Eastern food – this dinner will be a favourite with Aucklanders and SOUL regulars.
Part of American Express Restaurant Month 2019