Mankoushe Brunswick East opened in 2010 and it wasn’t long before it became a favourite amongst locals, eager for brothers Jad and Hady Choucair’s affordable, tasty and authentic Lebanese pizzas.
Since 2010, the brothers have opened a cafe next door, which has been greeted warmly by locals. There you can get more than just pizzas, with the brothers serving a rotating menu of “the food they like to cook at home” depending on “whatever ingredients they can get their hands on”. What then, of the original Mankoushe? Is it as good as ever?
The most noticeable change is the refurbished interior. The space is still very warm and welcoming (and very small), however it is now a more rustic, mature offering than it used to be. The wood fired oven which gives all of Mankoushe’s pizzas their crispy, charred finish is still the star of the room.
Moving on the pizzas, and the prices have gone up slightly, with some menu items nudging above the $10 mark. Given the quality of the ingredients and amazing taste of the pizzas, they still represent great value. There are a number of items on the menu that will fill you up and only set you back between $5.50 and $8.00.
“Jadoule Extra” Jadoule cheese topped with fresh tomato, cucumber, onion, olives and mint ($7.00)
I’ve eaten a few things from Mankoushe since moving to Melbourne, and have never been disappointed. On this occasion, I tried the Jadoule Extra, jadoule being a traditional salty Lebanese cheese. The ingredients were fresh and bursting with flavour, and the pizza really hit the spot while I sat at a table on the footpath out the front, watching the world go by.
Mankoushe continues to do what they do best, and offer some of the best tasting, best value Lebanese pizzas you’ll find in Melbourne. With a small selection of desserts and drinks on offer too, Mankoushe remains one of the best options in the area for a feed.
325 Lygon Street
Telephone: (03) 9078 9223
Wed: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Thu – Sun: 9:30am to 3:00pm; 5:00pm to 9:00pm