Edge of the Sahara
With Perth’s oldest mosque around the corner, The Edge of the Sahara has been packed with North African clientele since it opened in December 2013.
Charming and intimate, it’s as if chef and owner Enza Adem has invited customers into her home for lovingly prepared family classics. Everything is house made, including the dips, flat bread, falafel, meat curries (zgni) and baklava.
As you’d expect, the restaurant specialises in cuisine from the areas surrounding the Sahara, including Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Ethiopia. The crowd-pleasing lamb tagine is cooked in a Moroccan sauce with prunes, cinnamon, ras el hanout, preserved lemons, crushed almonds and honey.
Given most mains range between $17 and $22, and are designed to be shared, group bookings fill the place quickly. Lively groups linger to sip on Arabic black tea with cardamom and cinnamon; and Ethiopian Habesha coffee.
Five per cent of the restaurant’s profits go to refugee camps in Kenya and Sudan, making Edge of the Sahara a good pick for your belly and conscience.