Where: Rear 774 High St, Thornbury
When: Every night from 5:30pm
Contact: 9484 0173
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Erkin Koray; tomato, beef sujuk, red pepper, haloumi, olives ($19)
Up the quiet end of High Street you’ll not only find plenty of parking but also The Moor’s Head; a place which describes it’s pizza as “inauthentic”. I’d just be happy to say it was Lebanese and Turkish pizza, as the flavours aren’t so much inauthentic as they are Middle Eastern. There isn’t actually any frontage on High Street, so you’ll need to enter via the side street (Collins St). The building looks to be one converted from an old warehouse, in solid red brick with high ceilings. Inside the kitchen sits open-plan in the middle of the venue, so wafting smells and heat from the ovens set a cozy mood about the place. There are a few booths and comfortable benches distanced enough from each other that you feel like you really have your own space. The staff is incredibly welcoming and do their best to make sure you have everything you need.
Pizzas come cozily encased in either a boat-shaped pide, a rectangle or a traditional circle. Although they may look it, the dough isn’t too thick or over-bearing, but thin-crust pizza it is not. They are all served with heavy duty roller cutters for you to divide them up whichever way you wish.
Sultan Mehmet, tomato, lamb ma’anek, red pepper. Feta, black olives ($19)
We tried the Sultan Mehmet with tomato, lamb ma’anek, red pepper. Feta, black olives ($19). The quality of ingredients was good but the lamb was plain, and would’ve benefited from some seasoning, as could the tomato base. Generally though the flavours were pleasantly warm and spiced with cinnamon.
We also ordered the Erkin Koray; tomato, beef sujuk, red pepper, haloumi, olives ($19). Again the tomato base fell a bit flat but there was a good middle-eastern-flavoured sauce which had traces of cumin and other spices. The tasty sausage pieces on this pizza filled in the flavour well.
One the side we had a salad of cabbage, mint, soused onion, caraway ($9). The natural sweetness of the cabbage probably wasn’t enough to balance out the powerful, tangy dressing. In small doses, it made for a refreshing garnish but it was difficult to finish the bowl.
You’ll find some interesting drinks on the menu too, including crisp beers from 961 and the Turkish Uludag Gazoz soda which offers an unusual and delicate bubblegum/champagne flavour. Quite bizarrely, you’ll even find the Balinese rice-wine spirit ‘Arak’.
If you haven’t got room for dessert, consider ordering the Persian Fairy Floss, which dances on your tongue with flavours moving from nutty to vanilla to creamy before melting away into oblivion. It’s truly a delicious experience that won’t fill you up.
The Moor’s Head offers a truly snug and relaxed atmosphere where you can have a leisurely dinner and really enjoy your company. And while the food isn’t outstanding, the fantastic service and wonderful ambiance will most likely see a return visit from me in the near future.
Salad of cabbage, mint, soused onion, caraway ($9)