Meeka is located on the upper end of Rockeby road in Subiaco. It serves Modern Australian dishes with flavours of the Middle East/Morocco. There are a range of tajine dishes along side eye fillets, duck and pork.
The service at Meeka was friendly and warm, although I must admit the waitress was rather flustered. We figured she must have been new. She was however, very patient considering we were too busy trying to catch up that we kept forgetting to look at the menu, and when we did, we had trouble deciding what to get.
In the end Wells, MM and I shared a bottle of red from South Australia and we opted to skip the entree as we were more interested in trying dessert. Except V who had the gozleme filled with pumpkin, spinach saffron, Persian feta and lemon.
It smelt absolutely divine and the warm gozleme with the sweet pumpkin, the salty feta and the when the half lemon was squeezed onto the gozleme the variety of flavours worked so well together.
A few of us had the taijines all of which filled our table with amazing aromas of spices and herbs. It's really hard to describe. Each taijine is served with labneh and Israeli couscous or quinoa. I didn't get a chance to taste any of the dishes because I was a little full from my meal. But everyone that had the taijines said it was pretty amazing, with a rich, diverse blend of exotic flavours and textures. I had a bit of food envy.
I let the photos of the taijines speak a little about the dishes, although it wouldn't do much to portray the flavours or the enchanting, mouth-watering aromas.
The rest of us who didn't have the taijine opted for the following;
Bf, had the eye fillet with za'atar sweet potato fondant, vadouvan olive butter, kataifi wrapped asparagus with jus.
Truth be told this to me just tasted like any other fillet, but it did seem to have been marinated in spices before being cooked.
I had the twice cooked spiced duck leg, roasted carrot almond puree, sauteed spinach, asparagus, dukkah crusted gnocchi and sour cherry glaze.
The duck was beautifully cooked to the extent that it fell right off the bone. The roasted carrot almond puree had such wonderful flavours of saffron with hints of masala. It want so well with the duck. The dukkah crusted gnocchi was just fried little potato balls. Nothing too special, but it did add a different texture to the dish.
CR and MR choice the slow baked eggplant stuffed with freekeh, prunes, spicy red pepper sauce, house made soft cheese, candied walnuts puffed quinoa and herb salad. (Except MR opted out on the house made soft cheese as she couldn't have diary).
The above dish had very intense flavours. It's almost curry like and I wouldn't have minded a bit of rice on the side. I would think if you had to eat this it will get a little too much.
Then the best part of the night... DESSERTS!
MM, SH and her bf had the Meeka's dessert tasting plate (which I really wanted but bf wouldn't share and I guess it really was a little two much for two people and I was stuffed). So the tasting plate gets you a mini Turkish delight stuffed doughnuts, yoghurt orange blossom panna cotta, candied saffron orange, date and nut filo cigar, nut dust cardamom coffee syrup and coffee date ice cream and raspberry peach liqueur sorbet. So basically it gets a little bit of the other dessert plus bonuses. It looked pretty amazing.
I shared my dessert with bf . The Turkish delight stuffed doughnuts, spiced chocolate sauce, cardamom sugar and substituted the pistachio ice cream for chocolate with chocolate flavoured fairy floss. The Turkish Delight stuffed doughnuts were nice and warm, but I don't think there was enough Turkish delight stuffed in it or at least I didn't get anything, and all I got was doughy doughnuts. But then I'm always disappointed by doughnuts and I rather not get them for dessert. MW's bf had the original version with the pistachio ice cream, which I think would have worked a lot better with the dessert, because it would have gave it a little bit of dimension with the nutty flavours from the ice. Otherwise it felt like eating Turkish delight chocolate.
MW and bf had the spiced dark chocolate white mulberry tart, mulberry syrup, chocolate rose mousse and choc pops. The dark chocolate tart was heavenly. While the chocolate rose mousse was a little lighter and cut through the richness of the tart.
If it wasn't for bf who wanted to share desserts, this would have been my choice - Meeka's Pav with orange honeycomb baby fig cream, orange blossom curd, peanut brittle. This was amazing. It was refreshing, zesty yet sweet. A pleasure to eat.