Atayef and Ma'mul - Balha's Pastry, Brunswick

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    Atayef/ataif (front) and Date Ma'mul/Mamoul - Balha's Pastry, Brunswick.

    We dropped by for afternoon tea at a Balha's Pastry, Brunswick, a Lebanese pattiserie, on Sydney Road, Brunswick. I just had to explore this palatial looking pattisierie/cafe filled with exotic looking cakes & sweets. There was a curved staircase leading to the second floor area and a huge chandelier hanging from the second floor!

    The atayef was like a light chewy pancake filled with kaymak (a curd-cheese), with a texture like fresh mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with chopped pistachios and a red preserved fruit of some sort and drizzled with rose water syrup. What a magnificent dessert!

    The ma'mul has a rich butter pastry which almost crumbled in your mouth. It was barely held together by the smooth date puree filling with the occasional chunk of date flesh. Perfect with a strong cup of black coffee! or cafe latte :P

    From Postcards Episode of Sydney Road:
    Balha's Pastry has the most exquisite Lebanese pastry, where Lawrence was lucky enough to sneak a peek at how they create it. Situated in Melbournes famous Sydney Road, it is the perfect place to experience the true taste of Lebanon.
    Balha's Pastry
    761-763 Sydney Road
    Ph 03 9383 3944

    chompchompchoco, fudrucker, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. avlxyz 98 months ago | reply

      fudrucker, thanks for fav'ing this.
      I don't think my photo did it justice!

    2. avlxyz 97 months ago | reply

      iheartmyshoes, thanks for making this a fav!

    3. Michael Natkin / Herbivoracious 85 months ago | reply

      Looks awesome! Here's a recipe for the atayef.

    4. avlxyz 85 months ago | reply

      mjnsgicom, thanks for the recipe :)
      unfortunately, i don't get to eat these often enough!

    5. caoin 76 months ago | reply

      Love Balha's...from tiny shop to twin-level dining vault.

      Found in a search. (?)

    6. avlxyz 76 months ago | reply

      it's a pretty amazing place!
      definitely one for the sweet toothed :)

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