Your nose tingling with the sweet aroma of freshly roasted Saffron. Everywhere you look, you see incredible spices filling the air with rich aromatics. The warm smell of cumin and the zesty aroma of preserved lemon sweep across you, so intense you can almost taste them.One of the most frequent questions that we get asked is "What type of cuisine does Mecca Bah serve exactly? I can’t quite put my finger on it?" So we thought to shed some light onto the inspiration of our Tantalizing menu...
As you walk around the corner on your left is a Turkish Pizza stand. Equipped with a flame heated oven, this merchant is pumping out traditional Turkish Pizzas topped with Shaved Spit roasted lamb and salty tender Haloumi. You think to order one, when you spot something that catches your eye...
There is an old Turkish lady who, accompanied by her daughters, is rolling a Felafel filled with sweet potato, coriander and cumin. So you ask her about this dish... "They are filled with 3 cheeses, Middle Eastern parmesan, haloumi and feta. We threw in some mint and pine nuts too." She replies. "But what is the hairy looking stuff around them? "... "It is Katafi Pastry, a spun-wheat pastry". You thank her for her help and keep moving along.
Growing tired you find a large tent with a familiar sweet aroma drifting out….rose water. As you walk between the large cushions, you work your way to the counter which is covered in Turkish goodies. There’s Traditional turkish delight and Lebanese ladies fingers (which are similar to baklava). To your right, there’s freshly baked sticky date and banana pudding right next to a dense, rich looking brownie with turkish delight oozing out. As your time in the market comes to an end, you look back and realise that everything you tasted was very original, inspiring and authentic.
Open 7 days
Monday & Tuesday 11:30am - 3 / 5 - late
Wednesday - Sunday 11:30am - late
19-21 / 1000 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Phone: +61 (07) 3252 5299
Fax: +61 (07) 3252 0815