Mu’ooz offer North-East African cuisine which is complex in flavour and authentic. The restaurant and catering service is a not-for-profit social enterprise by Eritrean refugee women.
I had the chicken zighni which was a traditional spicy curry flavoured with berbere, onion, tomato, garlic and tasame. My husband ordered the qulwa which was lamb sautéed with tasame with red onion, capsicum, garlic, ginger, rosemary and green chillies.
The main meals were served with enjerra which is traditional bread. It’s a little bit yeasty as it is sourdough risen flatbread. The meat is served in the centre and you tear apart the bread and use it to soak up the sauce. (You can ask for cutlery but we used our fingers.) The meals were filling and super delicious.
Tip: Mu’ooz is an African (Tigrinya) word meaning ‘tasty and healthy’
There is a children’s menu and a small selection of desserts. The drinks menu is also small, but you can try traditional Eritrean coffee which is made in a clay vessel called a Jebena and boiled with herbs.
You might need to be patient for your meal and the décor is casual, but we’ll be back because this is a great initiative.
The restaurant is open 6 days a week for lunch and dinners, including takeaway. They also offer cooking classes.
The restaurant is a social enterprise which provides training and employment to newly arrived refugee women from many parts of Africa. They also offer internships for university students and school-based hospitality training programs.
Mu’ooz is located on 54 Mollison Street, West End.