Shane Delia to open Middle Eastern wine bar in Windsor
Shane Delia, the celebrity chef behind Melbourne's Maha and kebab joint and food truck Biggie Smalls, has plans to open a new wine bar with a Middle Eastern slant.
Moving into the old Biggie Smalls site on Chapel Street in Windsor (the Collingwood Biggie Smalls branch remains) will be a 40-seat wine bar celebrating wines from less-known regions in Turkey, Israel, Lebanon and the surrounds.
Maha East will be a casual offshoot of the 10-year-old CBD restaurant, which he renovated and revamped in 2017.
Food, by former Maha sous chef Simon Lillico, will be shareable and fun, like Moraccon-spiced fries with housemade za’atar and kefalograviera cheese; hummus with “Persian-style” XO sauce (made with middle-Eastern fermented fish paste, saffron and turmeric); and savoury doughnuts filled with taramasalata.
Some Maha favourites will piggyback across, including the slow-roasted lamb shoulder with pomegranate and smoked almonds, and the Turkish-delight doughnuts – upsized to bigger portions.
Maha East is slated to open June 27.