Good Food Month | Once Upon a Toum in Mexico
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Good Food Month | Once Upon a Toum in Mexico

Good Food Month | Once Upon a Toum in Mexico

Bar Saracen will be throwing a fiesta of Middle Eastern appearance to celebrate the Mexican wave of Lebanese immigration that took place in the 1960s. During this time in Mexico, Lebanese immigrants opened their own restaurants and began to combine the food of their heritage with local cuisine.

One of the most exciting dishes created by the merging of the two cultures was ‘tacos árabes’, where lamb shawarma was served in a pita style bread called ‘pan arabé’. This later evolved to ‘tacos al pastor’ where pork is marinated with pineapple, chillies and spices then slowly cooked, thinly sliced and served in tortillas.

A chicken version of al pastor was brought back to Lebanon the early 2000s called ‘Shawarma Mexici’ and uses toum (Lebanese garlic sauce).

Chef Tom Sarafian will cook a three-course menu exploring these Lebanese and Mexican flavours.

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Mexican mezze

Tacos Arabes (lamb)
Tacos al pastor (pork)
Shawarma mexici (chicken)

Yoghurt tre leches cake

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - New Kids on the Block
Mar
18
8:30 PM20:30

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - New Kids on the Block

Venues: Longsong, Bar Saracen, Annam

There’s been a changing of the guard in the Punch Lane precinct of Melbourne’s CBD. Swapping Hobart for heritage-listed horse stables, chef David Moyle wows at Longsong with his wood-fired snacks and skewers. Old-school hospitality prevails at Bar Saracen, described by chef and owner Joseph Abboud as a restaurant “of Middle Eastern appearance”. Meanwhile, over at Annam chef Jerry Mai draws on her family’s Vietnamese and Cambodian roots to deliver hawker-style menus in slick surrounds.

This event is part of our cult classic Crawl ‘n’ Bite series. We take you to three handpicked restaurants or bars in one night to show off the best of Melbourne’s vibrant dining scene. You’ll enjoy a bite and matched drink in each before being guided to the next.

Simply choose your session (6:00pm-8:00pm or 8:30pm-10:30pm) and your starting venue below. The order or your crawl will vary depending on where you choose to start, as outlined below.

Longsong (starting venue) / Annam / Bar Saracen
Annam (starting venue) / Bar Saracen / Longsong
Bar Saracen (starting venue) / Longsong / Annam

Only the dietary requirements/allergies listed on the event page can be accommodated by each venue. For any other specific allergies, please email info@foodfest.com.au no later than one week prior to the event

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - Restaurant Express
Mar
8
to Mar 24

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - Restaurant Express

Bar Saracen

From the team behind Rumi comes this self-described restaurant ‘of Middle Eastern appearance’. Bar Saracen aims to represent the complexity of the region’s cuisines but isn’t afraid to put a twist on the classics. The borek is stuffed with n’duja, egg and cheese, while the lamb kofte is enhanced by pistachios and served with Turkish cacik. Rock on.

Available lunch, Tuesday-Friday, 8-24 March

Book via phone - 03 8639 0265

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