3/21 Nash St, Rosalie Qld
While the Middle East hasn’t developed a specifically vegetarian cuisine the way India and China have, the possibilities it offers vegetarian diners are enormous. We began our meal at the Rouj with flat bread and appetisers (pickled turnip, olives and chillies), before moving on to a trio of dips, hommos, baba ghanouj and labneh, a dish of yoghurt into which olive oil and garlic have been mixed; it is said to be delicious. For mains we tackled the vegetarian platter of ftayer (a pastry stuffed with greens), silverbeet roll, fried pumpkin kebbi, a mjadra of lentils and rice with a fried onion topping, and tabouli, and, a separate main dish, the beautiful freshly cooked falafel kebab. On the way out we noticed how fresh and appealing the fatoush looked, and a cabinet full of sweets! This is a sophisticated, remarkably wholesome cuisine of strong but not overpowering flavours, well prepared and served at the Rouj.
A few days after this restaurant opened in January the premisses were flooded. This was a great disappointment to its proprietors, who are most worthy of support.