Oa­sis Bak­ery

This modern Mid­dle East­ern souq is a jewel of sub­ur­ban Mel­bourne

Time Out (Melbourne) - - FOOD & DRINK -

OA­SIS BAK­ERY, A three-in-one bak­ery, café and su­per­mar­ket deep in sub­ur­ban Mur­rum­beena, cel­e­brated its 18th an­niver­sary in 2016 with a ren­o­va­tion that trans­formed the shop into a on­estop-shop modern Mid­dle East­ern open air mar­ket­place, known as a souq. Out­side, Oa­sis looks al­most as it did be­fore – it doesn’t re­ally stand out from the semi-in­dus­trial sur­round­ings. In­side, it’s a dif­fer­ent story. With the ren­o­va­tion came a new dessert bar com­plete with a glass cab­i­net dis­play­ing mas­sive hills of Turk­ish de­light, nougat be­jew­elled with pis­ta­chios, and halva. There’s also a crêpe sta­tion and a deep fryer pump­ing out fresh Le­banese dough­nuts. Next to the dessert bar, the deli of­fers piles of cured meats and cheeses you can take home for later. But first, lunch. You can’t go wrong with the lamb shawarma. It’s wrapped in pita bread, packed full of salad (ice­berg let­tuce, tomato, onion and tabouli) and shreds of smoky, slow­cooked lamb. The nutty pucks on the falafel plate are crumbly and dry with a nice fried crust, and come with creamy hum­mus, neon-pink radish pick­les, dill pick­les and tabouli. When the place is bustling ser­vice stays friendly and very, very pa­tient while you um and ahh over whether to add tzatziki or even hot chips to your shawarma. Af­ter lunch, make a bee­line to the DIY nut but­ter sta­tion and crank it up to crunchy, or browse through the su­per­mar­ket aisles for Mid­dle East­ern spices, muesli, dips and fresh cheeses. Mur­rum­beena may be short on other at­trac­tions, but Oa­sis Bak­ery makes it worth the Sun­day drive. De­lima

Shanti 9, 993 North Rd, Mur­rum­beena 3163. 03 9570 1122. oa­sis­bak­ery.com.au. Sat-wed 8am-7pm; Thu, Fri 8am-9pm.

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