Lamb and labne for breakfast anyone?

Julie Touma comes from Lebanon – the land of lamb and honey. Which means you can expect a lot of both on the menu here, along with a healthy thwack of tangy yoghurt and more shanklish than you can poke a sheesha at. Shanklish is a herb-rolled and yoghurt-based cheese, BTW.

Sitting opposite the Tote, Bayte is a regular bazaar of glass and copper trinkets, elegant water vessels, and dark wooden nooks for those who can’t quite contemplate eating a lamb kofta wrap by daylight – and with a bright courtyard for those who can.

We say hit that fresh flatbread anytime/anyplace with its left hook of parsley, lemon, coarse chickpea hummus and skinless sausages of lamb mince with aromatic spices. Almond meal cookies filled with a sticky pistachio mix show up that Lebanese sweet tooth – as do the conical vessels of soda, sweetened with bright rose-water syrup. They’re like little potable lava-lamps.

It's different, to be sure, but a regular latte and eggs are still on the agenda if heading all the way East is a bit far for painful Sundays.

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By Gemima Cody   |   Photos by Graham Denholm   |  

Bayte details

Address
56 Johnston St

Collingwood 3066

Transport
Nearby Stations: Victoria Park

Telephone 03 9415 8818

Open Mon & Wed-Thu 5.30-11pm; Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat-Sun 9am-11pm

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