I’ve been very late to the Teta Mona party. They’ve been providing homecooked style Lebanese food in a charming space on Lygon St East Brunswick for about two years. It’s a bit further south than the somewhat similar and established Rumi. Nouveau Lebanese pizzeria Mankoushe is also relatively nearby to the north I ate there recently with a friend and we mostly enjoyed what we ordered.
We started with the homemade lemonade, which is not too sweet and is flavoured with dried mint. We ate (from the top down): shanklish slaata; cigara bi lahem; arnabeet we Beethnjaan; and kebe dumplings. The lamb cigars have a deserved reputation as the star dish on the menu and they really are delicious. I wasn’t so impressed with the cauliflower and eggplant, which I thought a bit plain. I didn’t interpret ‘kebe’ as kibbeh, and was misled by the term dumplings, so I was surprised by what I got but I loved them, especially with ajvar as a condiment.
Teta Mona has been positively reviewed by many diners including Where’s the beef, and I’d definitely return. This section of Lygon St is feeling very lively at the moment and I want to spend more time there.