Move over Yotam Ottolenghi. Make way for Israeli restaurant rock star Eyal Shani, who will open the latest in his global chain of cult pita eateries in Hardware Lane tomorrow night.
Miznon Melbourne is the sixth in Eyal’s chain of gourmet street food restaurants, joining branches in Tel Aviv, Paris and Vienna. A seventh is set to open in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District before the end of the year.
Opens 5pm, Wednesday, August 23
59 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Open: seven days, 11am-11pm
Miznon (kiosk in Hebrew) has gained a cult following overseas for its flamboyant service and pita pockets stuffed with high-end ingredients, including Wagyu steak, slow-baked ratatouille and, in the Paris outlet, boeuf bourguignon, that reflect the owner’s fine dining background.
“I ran fine-dining restaurants for 23 years,” says the celebrity chef, in Melbourne this week to oversee the opening of his latest venture. “But I wasn’t happy. I was serving old, rich people. The food was dying on the plate in front of them. I couldn’t do it any more.