Skip to main content

Ooh Mami opens at Oxford Street, Bulimba

Wholesome and healthy doesn’t mean flavourless or boring at newly opened Ooh Mami in Oxford Street, Bulimba.

Just like the play on the word ‘umami’, this food packs a flavour middle-eastern punch and it’s straight from a mother’s heart.

My mother never cooked like this when I was growing up but times have changed and the vibrant salads in Ooh Mami’s cabinets can now often be found on home menus. However most home cooks wouldn't have  the same food flavour twists which makes this cafe stand apart.

Ooh Mami’s founders, two brothers and their best mate, hail from Sydney and love nothing more than a home-cooked meal made with fresh ingredients without any fuss. They’ve designed the new dining spot to serve busy locals, who are looking for a quick, yet nutritious feed that tastes just like it would at home.

“Our mother’s love goes into each and every one of her recipes, so there is nothing as loving as a home cooked meal,” said Mohammed Khcheiche, one of the founders.

“We wanted home-style cooking to be more accessible to people who have limited time to prepare weeknight meals, but are looking for a healthy option – either to takeaway or dine-in.”

The brothers ate a lot of wholesome meat dishes growing up and they really wanted to replicate this with their 'square meals' section of the menu. As their mother always focused on, a good lunch or dinner should always include all of the food groups and be packed with nutrients.

You will notice ingredients such as chickpeas, sweet potato, pumpkin and fetta as menu heroes, because they were often used in their mother's cooking. The tabouli is a very traditional and authentic recipe, prepared exactly as their mother taught them.

I asked Mohammed if he would share a recipe but the look of horror that passed over his face said it all. I don't think Mama would approve if Mohammed gave her secrets away!

The menu includes sharing plates with assorted dips that look familiar but all have Ooh Mami's signature flavour twist.

Their list of hearty salads, all priced at $12, includes a selection of eight and all can have a variety of meats added to them.

There's also gourmet rolls on bread specially baked to Ooh Mami's specifications and plenty of sides available.

Chickpea and sweet potato

Red cabbage salad

Ooh mami salad

It's casual dining with plenty of tables stretching onto the footpath and BYO.  The dessert selection is the seasonal pie of the day but if that doesn't appeal there are plenty of other dessert options in busy Oxford Street.
Best tip:  Great quick pre-movie option.

Bottom line: Prices range from $12 for salads, $14 for sandwiches, up to $20 - $24 for their 'square' meals.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest at the media launch for Ooh Mami


Popular posts from this blog

Brisbane's top 10 'chew with a view' restaurants and cafes

It's a beautiful day! Where can you go and dine in the warm sun with a view that you'll never want to leave?

Here are ten top places in and around Brisbane to while away a lunch hour or a whole afternoon when the weather is warm and the skies are blue .

River Quay, South Bank

South Bank’s River Quay precinct has plenty of opportunities to relax in the sunshine and just about any restaurant at River Quay will offer a great spot for a winter lunch with a large, grassed lawn rolling down to the river bank.  You can even lie in the sun if you so desire.

Stop for champagne, oysters and more at Cove Bar and Dining, enjoy French provincial food at Aquitaine Brasserie, take in the river view from a Balinese daybed while you tuck into the contemporary menu at The Jetty, feast on Italian cuisine at Popolo or sip a long drink on the riverside deck of Stokehouse Q where the menu draws on local produce combined with bold flavours from the Mediterranean.

River Quay is the spot for Sunday …

Thar she blows - how to hunt whales the friendly way

A grunt and a spurt of seawater rising into the air show the position of a mother humpback whale and her three-week-old calf.

I'm on purpose-designed whale watching boat and we have motored for an hour over the calm seas of the great sandy straits up the coastline of Fraser Island

Captain Phil tells the 50 or so people aboard that the tip of the island is where we will see the whales and he is right.

Our first mother and calf are a little shy at first, keeping the boat at a good distance but I can clearly see the much smaller calf swimming strongly beside its mother.

I'm fascinated by the large circles of calm water that float past us and Phil tells us these are whale footprints

"They break the water tension when they flick their tails to swim down resulting in the clear circles on the water,” Phil says.

Sailors used whale footprints to track whales back in the bad old days when whales were valued more for their blubber than their beauty.

Our next mother and calf are a l…

Lunch amongst the lavender in the Scenic Rim

It was time to brush the cobwebs off the motor bike over Easter and head out of Brisbane into the beautiful Scenic Rim.

We started down the highway towards Beenleigh in beautiful autumn sunshine and stopped for a coffee at The Outpost Cafe at Canungra.  This is a well known bikies hangout but don't expect too much in the way of chains and dreadlocks - it's more favoured by the middle aged bikie enjoying the freedom of the road second time round.

The road less travelled is always our favoured route for this type of outing and we back tracked through Rathdowney before reaching our destination for the day, Kooroomba Lavender Farm about 65 minutes from Brisbane in the Scenic Rim at Mt Alford near Boonah.

Autumn is not the premium time for viewing either the vineyard or the lavender but the view across the valley to the mountains was still outstanding.  The building has a New Zealand lodge feel to it with plenty of stone walls both inside and outside, complimented by timber and ex…

Ten top things to do in Noosa Heads

It doesn't matter how many times I head down the hill on Noosa Drive towards the ocean, I still get a little shiver of excitement every time. This very special part of the world has achieved international recognition for its unique environment and I am privileged to be able to dip my toes into it on a regular basis.

Here are ten of my favourite Noosa pastimes.

1. Although it’s always tempting to sleep in, I don't like to waste a moment of the day when I wake up in Noosa. The best way to start is in the coffee queue at Sails on Hastings Street and then a stroll along the winding boardwalk to the National Park, koala spotting along the way.

Depending on my mood and energy level, I continue the walk through the park to enjoy the beachside views. Some like to run it. You can pick up a coffee at the information hut in the national park as well.

2. After a bit of exercise there's nothing like a big breakie at Aromas and a spot of people watching. With t…

Lots to explore at Brisbane's South Bank

Four markets in one day - what a way to spend a Sunday!

We started at the organic markets at Downy Park, Windsor which was not such a good idea. Why? Well we took the dog and the place was full of puddles - he's a corgi with very low legs - it all ended up being very messy.

Also, these markets definitely finish up on their advertised closing time of 10.30am.  Call me slow or just plain lazy but I find it hard to get out and about early on a Sunday morning. We arrived primed for breakfast at 10am just as everyone was shutting up - they had even run out of bread for French toast!

However, this market was just the first on our list. Next, we drove to South Bank Parklands to explore the Young Designers Market and the Granite Belt Flavours Market - both on the same day.

Several designer/clothes/jewellery purchases later, K2 subdued his inner male and agreed to look for the Granite Belt Flavours market which was not in its usual spot.  On the way, we walked through the regular South Ba…