Is this Brisbane’s most exotic dining venue?
Step into Mecca Bah in Fortitude Valley’s Emporium and you’ll be whisked away to another world, one in which you’d almost expect a djinn to appear to show you to your table rather than one of the smiling waiters. But while you might not get three wishes here, what you will get is a deliciously exotic feast, in the vibrant surrounds of Mecca Bah’s indoor and outdoor dining area, where 1001 textures of velvet, tiles, glass, leather, pressed metal and even a water feature combine to create one seriously enchanting venue. Whether you bring a date for a quiet meal or fill one of their colourful velvet booths with a big group, you’ll be dazzled – and that’s before you’ve even seen the menu. Blending dishes and flavours from across the Middle East, the line up of eats features everything from spicy Turkish pizzas filled with tender spit roasted lamb, rocket and sumac, to steaming Moroccan tagines overflowing with seafood. If you’ve brought a few friends along for the start of a celebratory night, just throw a few mezze plates like sweet potato felafels, baked haloumi and flaky lamb boureks into the mix and add cocktails from the bar, and you’ve got yourself a pretty fab night out. Especially when those cocktails include sips like the Turkish Delight Martini with gin, Cointreau, Crème de Cacao, cranberry juice and rosewater, or the Marrakish Kiss with passionfruit, vodka, Cointreau, tequila and lime juice.
You can even take in a private cocktail or pizza making class if you’ve got at least 10 people to feed – which you’d have to agree sounds far more interesting (and delicious) than your usual family dinner or work bonding event, right? Finish everything off with a round of rich, dark, Turkish coffee and sweet Turkish delight or halva ice cream and you might just think you really did take a trip to the east. Want to leave ordinary behind and discover the exotic for your next lunch or dinner plans?
You’ll find Mecca Bah in the Emporium precinct at 1000 Ann Street in the Valley, open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Words by Ranyhyn Akui
Images by Judit Losh
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