Food Porn: Lunch at Mamnoon

A Mediterranean lunch.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Mamnoon in Capitol Hill. While it’s one of our favorite places for a Mediterranean dinner, we had never thought to try it for brunch or lunch. We stopped in on a Sunday around 11:30 am and we had most of the restaurant to ourselves (while all the other establishments nearby were packed). With the mid-morning sun shining in, it was a different atmosphere–more casual, yet still classy. The food was flavorful with the use of spices and herbs and it was a light meal to fuel us for the day.

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Hummus. Photo by Michael Lee.

Not all hummus is the same. You can tell this Hummus is made fresh and the notes of chickpeas, lemon, and garlic are very prominent. There are also fresh herbs and whole chickpeas to give it that extra oomph. The Harra Frites are a must-order. Fries are my weakness, but these are too good to pass up. They are very crisp on the outside, but soft and light on the inside. They are dusted with aleppo chili and both the house ketchup and za’atar mayo for dipping are delicious.

We chose two “wraps” which were described by the waiter as open-faced sandwiches. Even though they turned out to be more like flatbreads or pizzas, (see pictures below) they were tasty.

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Awarma. Photo by Michael Lee.
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Man’oushe Za’Atar. Photo by Michael Lee.

The Awarma was topped with allspice ground lamb, roasted garlic, a soft egg with a runny yolk, and arugula. It was very flavorful and very satisfying. The second was the Man’oushe Za’Atar, with thyme, sesame, olive oil, lagneh, tomato, olives, and an herb salad. Though it was vegetarian, it was still filling and tasted very healthy and fresh.

While this obviously isn’t American brunch, it’s a tasty meal for the middle of the day.

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Harra Frites. Photo by Michael Lee.

Open daily for lunch at 11:00 am and dinner from 5:0 to 9:30, 10:30 pm (Friday/Saturday).

Mamnoon                       |                   1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle              |             (206) 906-9606