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The Middle Store, on Winston Ave, Clarence Gardens, has been a place on my go-to wish list for some time. Ever since MasterChef, in fact. Readers may know I do enjoy MasterChef, especially when a local contestant is doing so well.

Former MasterChef contestant Rose Adam and her family opened The Middle Store while the 2015 series was still airing on television.

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Rose has tapped into her Lebanese background and produced a delicious sounding menu. Having a day off of work it was nice to go out for breakfast with my husband.

When we arrived, Rose was behind the counter and greeted us with a big smile. We took a seat and perused the menu.

I chose the bagel with avocado, home made labne and zattar (spice mix), fresh mint and cold pressed olive oil. I am not a big fan of bagels as I find them quite dense, but I really wanted to try this dish. I wasn’t disappointed. The bagel was light and the avocado fresh and there was plenty of labne to spread over the whole bagel. I really enjoyed the fresh mint and zattar spice mix, usually a blend of oregano, basil and thyme.

MiddleStore_02My husband had The Middle Store Lebanese Mezze breakfast consisting of fried eggs, tomato, cucumber, home made labne, Lebanese sausage, olive and zattar man’oushe (flatbread). It was a bit of a different combination to what we are generally used to and the tomato and cucumber was refreshing on the plate. I managed to grab a sausage to taste and I really liked the flavour although a little dry. It was a good option to spread the labne with the olive oil over the zattar covered man’oushe.

MiddleStore_03I love the look of the menu for breakfast and lunch and look forward to returning to this friendly café for some falafel or a burger.

The Middle Store Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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