Who would have thought that in the middle of an estate full of newly sprung up houses, that one would find a wonderfully delightful café full of surprises. This is exactly what we found in the new suburb of Rouse Hill. In the middle of rows and rows of newly built houses is this hidden delight, Meze Me, a café which serves food with a Moroccan and Mediterranean flare.
A delightful cafe in the midst of a new development
Though I had seen a notice board beside the road with an arrow directing passers-by to the café, it had never tempted me to go and have a look. Maybe subconsciously I had reserved to the notion that the café the board was pointing to would be one of those boring newly erected kiosk type cafés, with a large fridge full of fizzy drinks and a freezer full of ice blocks just to entice neighbourhood kids. How wrong was I on that assumption. Meze Me cafe is far from a hurriedly erected kiosk with a freezer and a fridge. It is nothing but a well-established restaurant with a hub of activity flowing from the court yard all the way through to the inside.
A tagine full of aromas
The staff in Meze Me are exceptionally friendly. It’s like each and every one working there are co-owners of the establishment, hence that eagerness to please. Who knows, maybe they are. But one thing was clear; the staff gliding in and out through the cafe in their black attire seemed to be enjoying their work to the utmost.
Israeli couscous for the first time
As the staff went on enjoying serving us, we settled in, enjoying a plate full of colour and taste. The meze plate ($30) is a massive sharing plate which consists of many unfamiliar but quite delightful treats, from dips of colour to fried cauliflower sprinkled with spices, and then on to thick squares of flavoured fish and chicken winglets. All this and more were laid out only to please our taste buds.
Not a massive place but one that sure is popular
The tagine, which was a special on the day was special indeed Near melting chunks of meat sat submerged in a pool of broth inside a tagine full of pearl couscous. Mouth-watering aromas flew out of the dish as the serving staff removed the lid of the tagine, in which could only be described as a dance pose. I assure you that the flavours were not at all second to the aromas. Even if I was not in a ravenous state by then, I could not resist the temptation of finishing every last sumptuous bit of the tagine dish.
350g grain fed Sirloin ($29) is one main that shouldn’t go unordered. It was an absolute new taste, yet one which I would not resist to try again. The highlight of the dish would undoubtedly be the feta Israeli couscous that came with roasted pumpkins.
Meze Me a delightful experience indeed.
Although the counter was stacked with delightful tempting desserts, I refrained from savouring any only in the hope of returning soon to a much lighter meal and subsequent tastings of sweet delights the Meze Me café has to offer.
Where: 16 Bellcast Rd, Rouse Hill NSW
Why: For that welcoming feeling of homeliness. Good food. Great service.
Cost: Dinner mains from $25.00 - $29.00
When: From breakfast through to dinner