I’ve just ticked off a major achievement as a new parent – out for dinner with the baby. Even though she’s only seven weeks old my baby girl has already frequented lots of cafes for breakfast, lunch and coffees but I’m determined to get her used to hanging out in restaurants as well. Of course I’m not planning on taking her to Attica or anywhere like that anytime soon but I figure she can come along to cheap and casual restaurants without disturbing the other diners.
So for my first dinner with baby in tow I settled on The Moor’s Head in Thornbury. Set back off High Street in a converted warehouse this restaurant packs the diners in but there’s room for a sleeping baby to sit in a capsule under your table (there’s a high chair as well). But, most importantly, the food here is simple and good.
The menu at The Moor’s Head takes its inspiration from the Middle East with mezze style starters to share like a bowl of thick, silky labneh ($8) with moreish Turkish bread to dip in it. Bonus points to our waiter who offered extra bread (too rare an occurrence in most restaurants).
The thing you come to the Moor’s Head for though is its “inauthentic pizzas”. They’ve got a thick, smoky base and are shaped like a pointy shield. The Istanbuli ($14) was lovely and sweet thanks to a topping of roasted pumpkin and caramelised onion. Some spinach added greenery while dukkah gave it that Middle Eastern flavour. The accompanying iceberg salad ($8) was pretty unexciting. The iceberg was lazily torn and pomegranate dressing failed to enliven it. But all was saved by the fabulous dessert – a nutella pizza ($9) topped with strands of fairy floss. The goopy filling was every chocoholics dream.
The Moor’s Head is fun and I loved that staff were so accommodating about my (perfectly behaved!) baby. The food is tasty and packed with flavour. Inauthentic or not, it’s certainly good.
Details: The Moor’s Head, At the rear of 2/774 High St, Thornbury (Ph 03 9484 0173). Open 5.30pm-late.