As Murrumbeena’s famed Middle Eastern bakery, cafe and grocery shop Oasis Bakery gears up to celebrate its 20th birthday in a few weeks, a second outpost has been announced.
“It’s an experience that we’ve wanted to transplant to another location for many years now,” says co-owner Ely Makool.
The first Oasis opened in the late ‘90s, when Emad and Marwa Makool took over what was then a fledgling business. Enthusiastically supported by three generations of their family, they transformed it into one of the city’s finest Middle Eastern food stores.
The Fairfield shop will be split over two levels, with shopping and dining at ground level, and a second, “brighter and comfortable” dining spot upstairs.
Expect the same spectacular freshly-baked bread, Lebanese pizzas, tagines, shawarmas and falafel as at the original, with a few new additions and a new breakfast menu courtesy of newly-appointed head chef Craig Penglase (former kitchen manager at now-closed Circa, the Prince; and Docasa cafe in Ivanhoe). There’ll be an equally decadent sweet selection, too, including baklava, rosewater-almond Turkish delight, and pistachio-filled shredded pastries with orange blossom sugar syrup.
The grocery store will be stocked with herbs and spices, nuts, dips, beans, pulses and specialty ingredients.
Oasis Fairfield is due to open at 96 Station Street, Fairfield in December 2018.