حب السعادة والثروة (happiness, love and wealth)

3 Aug

Dinner tonight was at a Lebanese restaurant called ‘Rumi’.

Delicious!

The $45 banquet included (and this is not everything) slow cooked shoulder of lamb seasoned with rose petals and coriander served with a syrupy, sweet mint sauce. The lamb was so tender it fell to pieces as you picked it up and it just melted in your mouth.  Sigh!

Spiced, battered cauliflower deep fried into delicious golden brown balls were one of my favourite things of the night served alongside whole soft shelled prawns and succulent soft meatballs in  a tomato sauce with labna.

Small char-grilled quail were served on skewers resembling swords and yes, we had a mini sword fight. Mature, I know. But how can you resist?

Possibly the hardest thing about the night was that I am currently on a self-imposed alcohol ban so had to refuse the wine. I did have a ‘Rumi’ cocktail (vodka, pomegranate juice, lime and sugar) but I asked them to make it a virgin. It was so refreshing and delicious that I forgot that it didn’t have alcohol in it so I could happily pretend I was drunk.

Dessert comprised of rose and pistachio Turkish Delight,  sweet, plump apricots soaked in arak and stuffed with labna and a choice of sweetened Turkish-style coffee flavoured with cardamon (heaven!) or mint tea. They very nicely threw in a couple of complimentary bottles of sweet, pink moscato as we were celebrating a birthday. I promise I only had one little sip, just to taste!

I’m so satisfied and full from all of that lovely food, but  I wouldn’t refuse another round.  Anyone want to go again tomorrow?


Note to self: I must go and by some of those little swords. They make eating delicious little birds even more fun. En guarde!



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