Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oasis Bakery


I was silly enough to do Tough Mudder Melbourne 2012 earlier this year and came out of it wet, cold, muddy and bruised, yet somehow happy enough to sign up for round 2 in January 2013. With an event such as this though, there's a whole lot of training that needs to be done beforehand in order to not collapse in a withering heap. I like to exercise (generally) but have always loathed running.

Pity running was on the cards on an otherwise wonderful Sunday. Thankfully, there was shawarma to look forward to as a reward. Large chunks of juicy meat and vegetables wrapped up in pita bread.

Far away from my usual grazing grounds, Oasis Bakery in Murrumbeena serves up very good shawarmas and doubles as a specialty grocery store that has an incredible selection of produce. I was particularly taken aback by how many spices and nuts were available.

Oasis Bakery Spices
Oasis Bakery Nuts

I bought some Turkish delight to share, but there was no going past a lamb shawarma for lunch, served with lettuce, tomato, pickled cabbage, onion and tahini sauce.

Lamb Shawarma
With that combination, you can't really go wrong. 

Lamb Shawarma
There was a generous amount of filling and the meat was beautifully tender. It was pretty popular with my fellow Mudders, and indeed with the rest of the restaurant. 

Hot Chips
The chips here are also done very well; chunky cut and crispy on the outside, without having too much oil. There was perhaps slightly too much salt, but hey, restoring salt lost through sweat seems like a good idea anyway. 

One of the boys decided that having chips inside a shawarma was a good idea and so ordered The Shark. 

The Shark
[Apologies for the blurry photo but it's not easy convincing starving boys to pause for the camera.] A combination of meat, fresh tomato, garlic sauce and chips, I'm not convinced that it worked (the chips lost their crunch after all) but each to their own. 

If lots of meat and carbohydrates isn't your thing though, Oasis Bakery also serves up plenty of mains (mostly with a Middle Eastern spin) and sandwich type meals.

Oasis Bakery

Oasis Bakery
[Apologies for the blurry photo but it's not easy convincing starving boys to pause for the camera.] A combination of meat, fresh tomato, garlic sauce and chips, I'm not convinced that it worked (the chips lost their crunch after all) but each to their own. 

If lots of meat and carbohydrates isn't your thing though, Oasis Bakery also serves up plenty of mains (mostly with a Middle Eastern spin) and sandwich type meals.


Oasis Bakery
Sure, Oasis Bakery is a bit out of the way for most people but it is still very popular - enough so that they seem to have bought the shop-front next door and converted it to a garage. There were a lot of families there which is understandable given that there really is something for everyone, the prices are reasonable and as an added bonus, you can do some grocery shopping while you wait for your meal. Everyone wins. Now I just want another Shawarma, without having to run for it.

Oasis Bakery
9/993 North Road  Murrumbeena
Mon-Sun 8am-7pm, Public holidays 9am-5pm

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