Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Meeka Restaurant, 6008

Meeka engage the heady flavours of the Middle East - the aromatic spices, the slow marinades, the exotic mix of meat with fruits - and enhance them with the wealth of contemporary cookery.

The décor is simple and subtly upmarket but relaxed at the same time. The only traces of Moroccan in the interior decoration are a few striking tajines dotted around the room.  

The menu is divided into enticing entrees, mains, tajines, sides and desserts each with influence from Morocco to Syria to Turkey.

Cheese Boreks $11

After much deliberation, three of us ordered the ‘Twice Cooked Duck Leg, Roasted Carrot and Almond Puree, Sautéed Silverbeet, Asparagus, Dukkah Crusted Gnocchi, Sour Cherry Glaze’ and our fourth diner had the Duck Shank, Baharat, Pumpkin, Orange, White Beans, Sugar Snaps ($33). For entrees we had Cheese Boreks with Saffron Eggplant dip ($11), Dates Stuffed with Goats Feta, Walnuts, Prosciutto, Lemon, Thyme, Wrapped in Kataifi ($15) and Dates Stuffed with Almonds, Preserved Lemon, Three Cheeses, Lightly Fried in Chickpea Batter ($15).            

Dates in chickpea batter $15

Dates in Kataifi $15

My Duck Leg main was sumptuous – so many different components; the succulent duck meat just melted away in your mouth and the pureed carrot was garlicly and smooth. I loved the added element of the crusted gnocchi pieces - soft inside with a mildly crunchy coating.  

Twice cooked duck leg $33
The Duck Tajine was a bang of flavours; very heavily scented with sweet cinnamon and nutmeg; marrying the tremendously tender duck meat and honeyed pumpkin. Divine. 

Duck Shank Tajine
Even more luscious were the desserts. Again having wars over what to order, we reasoned to share three between us. Wrap your mind around these sensations; Turkish Delight Stuffed Donut Balls, Rose Spiced Chocolate, Cardamon Yoghurt Parfait, Persian Fairy Floss; Fig Soft Cheese Cigar, Pistachio Dust, Salted Caramel Parfait, Turkish Coffee Syrup and; Meringue, Caramelised Wild Baby Figs, Almond White Chocolate Mousse, Orange Blossom Curd (All $14). Two between the four of us would have been plenty but they were just too good to stop eating.

Turkish delight filled donuts $14

Soft cheese cigar $14
The donuts seem to be somewhat of a signature dish and are definitely worth a try. The sweetened cheese filling in the cigar was deeee-licious too.  

I cannot stress enough how scrumptious all the desserts were. The exotic homemade ice creams and Persian Fairy floss served with each dessert were amazing enough on their own. You absolutely MUST save/make room for dessert. You wont regret it. Promise.

My only carp was the forgetful service. The waitress was a bit vague and didn’t really know the menu that well. The food went a long way in making up for it though.

The dessert was such a high note to end on and we all agreed that Meeka was the best meal we had had in some time. It really is a journey for all your senses. I’m only sad I didn’t try it earlier!

Food: 4.5/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Service: 2/5

Meeka Restaurant
361 Rokeby Rd 
Subiaco, WA 6008
Dinner: Tues-Sat

08 9381 1800

Lunch: Friday

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