Things that make you go mmmm: The Moor’s Head

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.

Baby peppers stuffed with fetta at The Moor's Head
Baby peppers stuffed with fetta at The Moor’s Head

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).  

An "inauthentic" pizza at The Moor's Head
An “inauthentic” pizza at The Moor’s Head

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.  

Nutella pizza at The Moor's Head
Nutella pizza at The Moor’s Head

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. 
Damage: Reasonable
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  1. That pizza looks delicious! I love pumpkin & caramelised onion, such a simple but delicious combination

  2. What a delicious looking meal!! YUM!
    Good on you for continuing with your normal way of life with bub. My children are so adaptable and well behaved because from day one they have been included in our lifestyle. We are all off to Thailand again tomorrow 🙂

  3. I love that you’re doing child friendly reviews just as I’ve had my first.

    I was wondering what your eating out with bub routine is? Do you time your outings between feeds and/or when she’s asleep?

  4. I think you’ll have no issues at all with your perfectly well behaved baby 🙂 She was perfect on Saturday too so nice to finally meet you!

  5. Liz – I know – it’s one of my favourite combos to order

    Gourmet Getaways – Oh have a fabulous time in Thailand – glad to get some tips from an experienced parent – I have no idea what I’m doing!

    R – Congratulations! During the day at cafes I just feed there if I need to. At night time though I make sure she is fast asleep – she is usually out for the count after about 7pm so we are safe to take her out then. Hope that helps and hope you are getting some sleep… (that’s a whole other story)

    Daisy – Lovely to finally meet you as well.

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