A dinner for two at the Mecca Bah Canberra @meccabahact

Last night Bron and I went to dinner at the Mecca Bah in Manuka. We’ve been there a few times before but this is the first time since I’ve started the low carbohydrate (low carb) way of life.

We arrived at 7 pm and were shown to a table we’d sat at before. The restaurant was already busy and it didn’t take long for it to be filled. Everyone around us looked like they were enjoying their meals. There were lots of pizzas being ordered judging from the number of wait staff carrying them to various tables.

The menu has changed a little recently with the addition of Duck Baklava to the Mezze selection. Bron has a work mate who recommended it to her. It didn’t take us long to work out what we wanted. We decided to share the Duck Baklava between us as well as the roasted pumpkin salad (with toasted cumin seeds, pinenuts and shanklish cheese) with our main meals. For a main I asked for the Moroccan spiced calamari with Turkish bean salad while Bron elected to have the Moroccan potato cakes filled with goats cheese and pinenuts from the mezze menu for her main.

A photograph of Duck Baklava

Duck Baklava

A photograph of Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Toasted Cumin Seeds, Pinenuts And Shanklish Cheese

Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Toasted Cumin Seeds, Pinenuts And Shanklish Cheese

A photograph of Moroccan Potato Cakes Filled With Goats Cheese And Pinenuts

Moroccan Potato Cakes Filled With Goats Cheese And Pinenuts

A photograph of Moroccan Spiced Calamari With Turkish Bean Salad

Moroccan Spiced Calamari With Turkish Bean Salad

All of these dishes were delicious. The pumpkin salad was a really pleasant surprise. The spice mix really gave a big wow factor. Short, sharp and delicious with no lingering burn. Just the way a hot spice should be.

From a low carb perspective, the Duck Baklava was pretty sweet and syrupy so I knew I was already going to go over the limit. In the end, there’s no harm from the occasional blow out and I had decided as I was sitting down that I was going to have dessert.

For dessert Bron chose the cheese cake and I went for the flourless orange and almond cake. We both went for the Middle-Eastern Halva ice cream to accompany our desserts. When they came out we each gulped. The desserts are very generous (and very delicious).

A photograph of Orange Blossom Cheesecake With Pomegranate, Raspberry And Honey Syrup and Middle-Eastern Halva ice cream

Orange Blossom Cheesecake With Pomegranate, Raspberry And Honey Syrup and Middle-Eastern Halva ice cream

Sorry the image is not well focused. I was excited with the prospect of dessert 😉

A photograph of Flourless Orange And Almond Cake and Middle-Eastern Halva ice cream

Flourless Orange And Almond Cake and Middle-Eastern Halva ice cream

It was a really enjoyable evening with good food and company. The service at the Mecca Bah is helpful and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. We were never waiting too long for anything and we weren’t interrupted to have plates cleared too soon after finishing a course. At the end of the meal, we were given our bill swiftly and payment was quick and simple. I’d happily recommend the Mecca Bah in Canberra to anyone who wants a satisfying, flavoursome meal in a pleasant relatively quiet atmosphere.

I’m sorry about the strong yellow hue to the images. The lighting is atmospheric and everything was slightly yellow-orange. I used my Canon PowerShot G16 and had the aperture wide open at 1.8 with an ISO at 200 while shooting in manual mode. I captured the images in RAW and did a little post processing in Adobe Lightroom.

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3 thoughts on “A dinner for two at the Mecca Bah Canberra @meccabahact

  1. Reblogged this on cbrfoodie and commented:

    and here’s another great review by Gary of the Mecca Bar in Manuka. haven’t been for a while but this review and photos make me want to go again soon!

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