Mornington is fast becoming a hub for trendy, rustic coffee houses, bars and restaurants serving international cuisine and the best coffee in the southern hemisphere.
One draw card is the variety of fresh farm produce locally available, attracting food entrepreneurs and restaurateurs.
When news hit the streets that Oasis Bakery, a modern Middle Eastern grocery store, café and bakery from the South East suburbs of Melbourne was opening a pop-up store in Mornington, the excitement was too much for some!
Owner George Makool, together with his sister, brother and his mum, Marwa opened the pop-up café/kitchen on Nepean Highway last week serving modern Lebanese breakfasts and lunches.
Marwa has one cookbook under her belt and is in the process of writing another. She said, “I cook simple food that’s interesting and full of flavour. It’s not hard to create lovely meals for the family.”
The passion shared among the Makook family reflects the vision they have for the old Adam’s Garden Supplies site (between the Hyundai & Kia Car Dealerships) on Nepean Highway.
George said, “We plan to develop the 1.6 hectare property in to grassland, a huge Middle Eastern and international grocery store, restaurant, café, food market, function room, gardens and a petting zoo. It will be a family friendly experience.”
“We know people from the Mornington Peninsula are shopping at our store in Murrumbeena so we thought it was a great opportunity to set up here and use local fresh produce in our dishes,” he added.
Jackson Clements Burrows, award winning architects are involved in designing the complex.
Don’t let the old shed and fake green turf on the floor deter you from experiencing this kitchen that is full of atmosphere serving the best Lebanese food.
Go visit and see what the fuss is all about!
988 Nepean Road
Open 7.30am -3pm Wednesday – Sunday
It certainly shows we have become a foodie culture – always looking for something new and exciting in the café and restaurant scene.
Pictured on feature story – sister and brother, Jess and George Makool