Gannoush is a new vegan take away in Liverpool. Please note that they have a non-vegan sister-take away on the site, the burger and dessert kitchen Sammies. I like so many things about this new place. First of all it was open by Osama Mufti, a Syrian refugee who arrived in UK in 2015. According to Osama more than half of Syrian dishes are vegan. We went there twice because we both love Middle Eastern food. This is why the first picture is from home, but the others are from a picnic.
These are tapas. I’m going to talk about them, from top left to bottom right. Tapas are around £5 each.
Foul Mudammas – Fava beans simmered in garlic lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil topped with tomato, onion, and fresh coriander served with flatbread. Foul is a specific type of beans. You can’t see them in the picture, as there are tomatoes on top. It was delicious.
Batata Harra – Fried cubes of potatoes sauteed with garlic, coriander, pepper, and chilli spice. This was one of my favourite tapas, the potatoes were amazing and loved the amount of garlic in them.
Baba Gannoush – Smoked aubergine puree mixed with tahini sauce and topped with pomegranate and olive oil. Served with flatbread. I make Baba Gannoush often and this was so good. I think he added more tahini than I usually do, so I will try to change my recipe a bit.
Rosemary Olives – 3 types of green, black, and brown olives marinated in a Mediterranean recipe.
Warak Inab – Vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomato, parsley, and onion. I had stuffed vine leaves many times, but after Romanian recipes. These are very different and I liked them.
Muhammara – Red pepper and walnut dip. While I liked it a lot, it was a bit too spicy. So, next time I will keep it in the fridge and have it over a couple of days instead of just spooning it out of the bowl like this time.
Makdous – Baby eggplants stuffed with walnuts, red peppers, chilli, and garlic, served with pitta bread. We had these aubergines when we went for a picnic. These were absolutely amazing. We both loved them so much.
Falafel Plate, a main, 6 pieces of original falafel, Mediterranean salad, houmous, babagannoush, and pickles. Served with flatbread. This was, unsurprisingly, the main attraction. My husband and I have houmous almost daily and falafel a few times a month. We loved the mix of salad, the homous, and the falafels.
I loved the pickles. Middle Eastern pickles might be a bit strange for an western palate, a taste I loved but I remember the owner of the restaurant I had these traditional pickles saying that people think the taste is too strong and only people who grew up with the taste enjoy these (beside me, of course). But, unlike those, the pickles served by Gannoush are not as strong in flavour, so they surely appeal to a wider audience.
Bammieh – Okra, onions and garlic, cooked in tomato sauce topped with fresh coriander. Served with vermicelli rice. As you can see in the picture, Bammieh is another main. Okra is another vegetable we eat regularly. I loved the flavour of the sauce and the okra had a perfect texture. It was such a delicious dish. I would gladly have it again.
Gannoush is on 59 Granby Street, Liverpool, L8 2TU. There is nearby on-street parking. They have some tables outside or you pick up the order and make a picnic in one of the nearby parks, as we did. Here is the link to their website. You can order for delivery on just-eat. As we decided to take away, we placed our order directly with them, so they do not have to pay a commission.