Where: 48 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea
When: Weekdays: 7am-5pm, Weekends 8am-5pm
Contact: (03) 9523 8155
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Lamb Shawarma with hummus, tabouli, pickles and harissa on flatbread ($13.50)
Ripponlea is barely a dot on the map but it sure holds its own when it comes to hot places to eat. Local favourite, Spout is a good solid winner on the strip. Playing it cool with a short menu, all-day breakfast and Allpress coffee, it draws a mighty crowd and you could be waiting for a seat even mid-week. There are some rather oddly proportioned outside tables for such occasions, although they might be more fitting for the under 10’s age-bracket. If you’ve been lucky enough to land yourself a seat inside the cosy, brick interior, service is usually pretty snappy with water and menus pronto.
To eat you’ll find delicious Jewish and Middle-Eastern influences such as the Challah French Toast, Shakshuka and a Lamb Shawarma, the latter of which I ordered. Lamb Shawarma’s just don’t come with pickles like that in the North where I’m from so I couldn’t resist.
The deconstructed wrap was a generous size and the delicate lamb pieces really melted in your mouth. The hummus felt like a genuinely excellent homemade one and the tabbouleh avoided the usual “too prickly or too bland” traps. The highlight was the spicy tomato harissa on top and of course, those big juicy pickles. The only downside was that it was difficult to figure out how to eat the beast, as it was too massive to roll up but hard-work to saw though the flat-bread without a steak-knife.
My food was excellent although I have to mention that my chocolate milkshake was a bit of a weakling. Even kid-sized milkshakes deserve a chocolaty taste I believe. Yet overall, I left Spout a rather heavier, and very satiated customer. Pretty happy with the service with the exception of one sullen-faced waitress who just didn’t fit with the vibrancy and helpfulness of the other ladies. Ripponlea, you’re alright.