Following the success of now legendary Melbourne Mexican institution Mamasita, co-owner and former head chef Jason Jones has set his sights on conquering North African cuisine with his latest venture, B’Stilla.

Tucked away behind Chapel Street in South Yarra, B’Stilla delivers authentic and approachable Moroccan food, celebrating essential flavours and fresh local produce.

With a range of both familiar and truly exotic flavours on rotation in the kitchen, B’Stilla offers light sharing plates such as the in-house cured duck ham with pear, crackling and honey, alongside vegetarian options that stand on their own two feet (a salad of freekah, apple, celeriac, chard, green chilli and almond, for example). For something slightly more generous, B’Stilla’s signature tagines come filled to the brim with slow cooked ingredients including braised goat, quince and almond, or mussels, cod, squid, fennel, spinach and saffron, just to name a few. A thoughtfully selected, yet unassuming, selection of Victorian wines and beers are available on and off the tap, not to mention fresh mint tea, which can be appropriately enjoyed before, after or during a meal.

But it would almost be an insult to walk away without having at least sampled the b’stilla itself – a traditional Moroccan brik-like pastry usually savoured for special occasions. It’s filled with pigeon, duck, cinnamon and almond and then sprinkled with icing sugar. Whether the B’Stilla pastry denotes the beginning or the end of your night, this sweet-meets-salty cultural archetype is not to be missed. With a rustic charm and warm, approachable personality, B’Stilla is a welcome addition to busy South Yarra and maybe even a friendly challenge to the Mexican wave sweeping the city.

B’Stilla
30b Bray Street, South Yarra
(03) 9826 2370

Hours
Mon 5.30pm–late
Tues to Sat noon–late

bstilla.com