Walking into Juanita's was a bit overwhelming. There was so much to look at. It felt like being in a
Seeing the table and chairs by the bar reminded me of my childhood. My Mum's cafe, Il Panino, in Mt Lawley was decked out with mismatched chairs and tables. I sent this photo to my Mum and cousin and immediately both replied saying "IL PANINO!".
The friendly guy at the bar gave me a bowl of complimentary olives. I was STARVING so it was much appreciated.
Sitting in a bar alone was a strange experience. I tried to feel relaxed and enjoy own company but I felt really awkward and was not really sure what to do with my self. I ended up gluing myself to my phone and sending out tweets like
A handsome stranger did not approach me and I only stayed for one drink before heading next door to Meeka.
As we the restaurant was quiet, the main hostess (owner?) talked us through the wine list and allowed us to taste a few wines before we made our choice.
We decided to share entrees and mains. I think we were a little piggy ordering two entrees but have no regrets that we did. I enjoyed the stuffed dates but I LOVED the falafel. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with beautiful subtle flavours. Both entrees were gluten free. Gluten avoiders will be pleased to know that the menu offers quite a few gluten free dishes which are notated by an asterisk.
|Sweet potato falafel, chili beetroot relish, mint labneh, herbs $14. Vegetarian dates stuffed with almonds, preserved lemon, three chesses, lightly fried in chickpea batter $15|
|Sweet potato falafel, chili beetroot relish, mint labneh, herbs $15.|
|Vegetarian dates stuffed with almonds, preserved lemon, three chesses, lightly fried in chickpea batter $15|
For mains, we share the braised greens from the side menu and the dorper lamb tagine.
|Braised greens, garlic tomato sauce, goats feta $14|
|Dorper lamb, chickpeas, prunes, zucchini, ras el hanout, red pepper sauce, harissa almonds, hummus yoghurt $37|
The greens were just ok but am glad we ordered them because it made me feel like we were being a little bit healthy. The tagine was amazing! Melt in your mouth meat with crunchy almonds and a perfect blend of sweet and spice. The tagine usually comes with Israeli couscous but as we were eating gluten free, we had quinoa.
V and I loved our meal at Meeka. Our two entrees, main, side and 2 x glasses of wine came to $99 ($49.50). It's one of the best meals I've had in a while and I will most certainly be back.