Hot in the City: Al Manoosh is serving up a Lebanese breakfast spread in Mawson

Sophia Brady 19 January 2021 31
Al Manoosh

Al Manoosh is serving up a Lebanese breakfast spread in Mawson. Photo: Facebook.

Al Manoosh, the newly opened Lebanese bakery in Mawson, is serving up breakfast with not a smash of avocado in sight but the lines are still out the door.

Opened in late October last year, the restaurant took charge of the large vacant Pizza Hut site, gutting and transforming it into a delightful neighbourhood destination. An industrial colour palette has replaced the red signage and furniture of old. A simple black and white logo with the restaurant’s name in a rolling pin hangs out the front. Inside the dominant feature are the exposed brick wall and a huge oven at the centre of the action.

Manoosh offers indoor and outdoor seating and printed menus are available on the tables and are displayed above the counter. But if you’re new to Manoosh and the art of Lebanese breakfast, the menu may require a bit of study and explanation from staff. They’re happy to help so you can make the most of your culinary travels.


A popular breakfast item in Lebanon, Manoosh is a version of pizza without the tomato sauce. Photo: Facebook.

The bakery’s speciality is flatbread, enjoyed filled as a wrap, dipped into silky-smooth hummus or the restaurant’s namesake, manoosh. A popular breakfast item in Lebanon, manoosh is a style of pizza without the tomato sauce.

At the Mawson family-run bakery, fluffy dough discs are transformed in the hot oven topped with fresh traditional ingredients of homemade spice mix, zaatar, labne, eggs and ground meat. All are freshly made to order or for those in a rush, fun-sized mini versions are available from the cabinet.

Living locally, I am clocking up quite a few visits and have learnt that the restaurant is best enjoyed with company so you can order a breakfast spread rather than an individual dish. As I make my way through the contents of the entire menu, my winning combination to date covers the table and satisfies curious appetites.

Breakfast spread

The restaurant is best enjoyed with company so you can order a breakfast spread rather than an individual dish. Photo: Sophia Brady.

It includes a mixed vegetable plate with fresh and pickled delights for crunch and brightness, and labne, the sour thick creamy strained Greek yoghurt is delicious smeared on the accompanying hot, crunchy piles of flatbread served with it. The hummus is freshly made with whole chickpeas in the centre for texture, but the absolute star on the table is always the foul (pronounced Ful). Foul is a chunky, warm hearty dip made with fava beans, chickpeas, lashings of garlic, lemon and olive oil. To top off the breakfast feast, my manoosh of choice is the Mighty Kafta, with a balanced combination of fatty ground meat, crisp pickles, tomatoes, basil and mayonnaise.

Look out for the fun-sized mini versions of the bakery’s best sellers ready to go in the cabinet. Photo: Facebook.

Al Manoosh is located at 47 Mawson Pl, Mawson, and is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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31 Responses to Hot in the City: Al Manoosh is serving up a Lebanese breakfast spread in Mawson
Ronya Akbar Ronya Akbar 3:09 pm 22 Jan 21

So delicious!!!!!!!! Kate Murray

Sommer Sherwood Sommer Sherwood 6:03 pm 21 Jan 21

Joon Li...might have 2 add this 2 our rotation 👌

    Joon Li Choo Joon Li Choo 6:50 pm 21 Jan 21

    Sommer Sherwood haha! We are going on Saturday

    Sommer Sherwood Sommer Sherwood 10:05 pm 21 Jan 21

    Joon Li Choo nice! Let me know what u think 👍🏼

Thom Vaan Thom Vaan 2:14 pm 20 Jan 21

Le Soumi something new to try

Georgina McDonald Georgina McDonald 8:16 pm 19 Jan 21

Libby Clark another place to try...we're going to need to double our walks!

    Libby Clark Libby Clark 8:18 pm 19 Jan 21

    Georgina McDonald oh wow that looks great. I.might need more than upping the walks at this rate!!!!!

John Phillips John Phillips 5:08 pm 19 Jan 21

Steph Phillips was delicious you must go

Hilary McClure Hilary McClure 4:07 pm 19 Jan 21

Ryleigh McClure next week? 😋

Nicole Fitzgerald Nicole Fitzgerald 2:32 pm 19 Jan 21

Looks sooooooooo good Moira Campbell 🤤

Matt Fallon Matt Fallon 12:07 pm 19 Jan 21

weekend breakfast Samantha Harding

Moira Campbell Moira Campbell 8:36 am 19 Jan 21

Nicole Fitzgerald this is the place I was telling you about!

Sue Borgo Sue Borgo 7:19 am 19 Jan 21

Thanks Sophia- can’t wait to try👍Sounds great!

Shell Emma Shell Emma 5:41 am 19 Jan 21

Casey Langler Cindie Deeker

Breakfast one of our PL days next week?

Kylie Olsthoorn Kylie Olsthoorn 3:16 am 19 Jan 21

Tara Olsthoorn we need to go here for zaatar. But without Abby lol

Clarissa Xenoulis Clarissa Xenoulis 1:18 am 19 Jan 21

OMG I am excited!!! Can't wait to try it out, one thing about moving here is that miss the Lebanese bakeries in Sydney!

Angela Edwards-Wells Angela Edwards-Wells 9:52 pm 18 Jan 21

Adam Edwards-Wells one to try

Mark Short Mark Short 9:23 pm 18 Jan 21

Monica Short one to check out!

Shannon Lee Shannon Lee 9:03 pm 18 Jan 21

Joanne Trounce we must do this!!

    Joanne Trounce Joanne Trounce 8:00 am 19 Jan 21

    Shannon Lee will make sure we do it!🥗🥗

Karina Nance Karina Nance 8:49 pm 18 Jan 21

Alexia Ivimey this is the one I was talking about 😊

Vanessa Essam Vanessa Essam 8:47 pm 18 Jan 21

Love this place!!

Jane Lloyd Jane Lloyd 8:42 pm 18 Jan 21

Tara! Have you tried here?

Jay Zed Jay Zed 8:33 pm 18 Jan 21

Dave Antony finally!

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