I know I’ve said numerous (countless) times, how much I love brunch. But I need to say it again. I LOVE brunch! Especially since there are so many different varieties of brunch we can get here in Melbourne. The first time I went to Bayte, I went with 3 beautiful ladies (Ashley, Lee & Sofia) and as it was my first time meeting them, I was a bit too nervous and didn’t get to snap photos with my camera! haha So it was due to head back and have brunch, this time with some of my favourite and closest friends.
Yes. This my dear readers is my favourite girl who steals my heart every time I see her, Paige. hehe Isn’t she just gorgeous? hehe She was all smiles that afternoon and couldn’t stop playing with us and have short burst of laughters! Just absolutely adorable! hehe Such great company we had for brunch that day!
The menu is a true reflection of what lebanese food is and should be. Full of robust flavours and worth celebrating about! Chef Julie Touma came up with the menu which was inspired by her grandmother’s recipes! Just reminds me of how much I miss both my mum’s and grandmother’s home cooking and how I am constantly inspired by them too! (Can you tell I’m a little home sick?) Bayte means home in Arabic, and you definitely feel welcomed the moment you step in. I couldn’t wait to have the food again and definitely couldn’t wait to have their freshly brewed chai!
Their freshly brewed chai was with Bonsoy (my favourite) and had flavours of cardamom and cinnamon. Definitely hit the right spots! hehe If you would like an extra kick and you’re a coffee lover, ask them for a shot of espresso in yours. The combination is DA BOMB! I recommended it to Peggy as she loves both chai and coffee, and she really enjoyed it! She even said it was nicer than the chai itself! But I do love my chai pure. hehe
I really wanted the baked eggs as it had everything I was craving for. Perfectly cooked eggs (which were still molten and gooey), with an okra and tomato spiced stew and shanklish cheese! OH-EM-GEE! It was love at first bite! The cheese was the right amount of richness and hit of salt and had a crumbly and soft texture. The okra was so soft and the stew had the right amount of spice to leave a warm and fuzzy feeling in your mouth and tummy after! A perfect winter warmer! I couldn’t be happier and more contented with my choice! (:
Peggy had the zaatar spiced poached eggs with a pumpkin and pinenut kibbeh and hummus, with some freshly made flat bread. The zaatar had a nutty flavour to it and the eggs were perfectly poached! The bread was so delicious that even our youngest foodie enjoyed it!
If you’re hungry and you would want to try a bit of everything from the menu, then the breakfast mezza for one (there is for two as well) is for you! That’s exactly what the boys went for! I mean, why wouldn’t they? It’s like the best of what the kitchen has to offer all on a plate. I have to say, the lamb skewer was delicious! Even for a person who doesn’t eat lamb! hehe
It even came with a spiced fried egg! A celebration of lebanese food, a party in their mouths!
Melissa decided to have the sumac spiced fried eggs with kafta lamb skewers and baba ghanoush. I could have ordered a whole plate of baba ghanoush to myself! Smooth and creamy mashed eggplant and went perfectly with the spiced lamb! Nomtastic!
So the next time you’re thinking of having something different for brunch, do head down to Bayte! You will definitely not regret it! Amazing food with friendly staff and great company! There’s no better way to spend the weekend, really! I do hope you all had a brilliant weekend too!
Have a great week ahead, and remember to always cook and bake with love! xx
20 thoughts on “Bayte : A Lebanese Feast !”
G’day! I LOVE Lebanese food, true!
Just blogged about our Lebanese Feast too!
Paige is very cute and I love brunch and your photos today!
Thanks Joanne! (: hehe Paige sure is a sweetheart and thank you for liking the post and photos!! xx
I love Bayte – although I went for dinner which was delicious! I have to drop by for breakfast one day soon 🙂
hehe Never had dinner at Bayte! We shall do a swap of the times we need to visit Bayte again! You’ll love the breakfast, I’m sure! hehe xx
What a feast! And I’d happily devour every plate too 😀 And look at that face-I love smiley kids!
It sure was! (: My belly was definitely happy when I walked out of the place! hehe Don’t you just want to cuddle her? She’s gorgeous! Love smiley kids too! hehe xx
Loved your post! I am craving some baba ghanoush, delicious red tomatoes with home made flat bread right now 😦 … By the way Bayte means (My home) while Bayet is home. I am from Jordan and our cooking is highly influenced and similar to Lebanese and Turkish cooking, I recently started my own blog about Jordanian and Middle Eastern cooking, if you have the time please stop by http://procrastinatorcook.wordpress.com/
You definitely can make some baba ghanoush then! hehe Have them for dinner tonight! hehe Gonna follow your blog now and read it when I’m back from work! hehe Thanks for sharing your delicious blog with me! xx
aw Paige is so cute! I’m part Lebanese so all the food looks delicious, especially the baked eggs with the tomato and cheese!!
thanks dearie! (: She is precious! hehe aww you must have great food all the time! Love the spices and the robust flavours! hehe
What a gorgeous smile on a cutey! Bayte looks great! Your first pic looks just like the front cover of a cook book that they can produce…!!!
awww thanks dearie!! (: You’re too kind!!! hehe You should definitely give Bayte a try and it’s child friendly too! (: hehe x
The only real Lebanese food I’ve had is charcoal chicken and garlic sauce hahha. This actually looks so good! Maybe I need to venture out a bit more lol
hehe (: I think this was my first lebanese experience too! hehe Can’t really remember if I had others. haha But venturing out is good! hehe can try more flavours and cuisines! hehe xx
THOSE EYES!!! So big and cute 😀 I know how you feel cuz that’s how I feel towards my nephew hehe!!! I still haven’t had the chance to try Bayte gosh lol seriously need more time in the day and definitely need that CHAI!!!
hehe you DEFINITELY do!!! Let’s go together!!! hehe You’ll love it!
OOooo wish I had time to go this time around! It looks fab! *sigh* I guess I’ll just have to go back to Melb again…what. a. pity. =P haha Love that pic of Paige..it’s like she’s saying ‘all for meeeee!’ haha.
hehe You just have to come back! hehe and we can go there the next time u come! You’ll love it! hehe x
I think that it is safe to say you have a chai addiction 🙂
But seriously I feel like i’m missing out on brunch places in Melbourne. I have stopped going out for brunch. It’s usually cheap as Chinese lunches for us now. HAHA
Haha I sure am a chai addict! You hit it on the nail there love! hehe I dont think I can ever give brunch up! I can skip all meals but brunch!! hehe x