Got a job that needs doing? Ask a busy man. And you won’t find many busier than Melbourne chef Shane Delia.
As the owner of Middle Eastern restaurant Maha (named after his wife) and the presenter of Spice Journey on SBS, Delia has plans to build a global empire.
The next piece of the puzzle is urban kebab house Biggie Smalls, due to open on Smith Street in December.
(As well as being a massive Notorious B.I.G. fan, Delia is a loyal Western Bulldogs supporter. Well-rounded, we like it.)
As Jimmy Grants is to Hellenic Republic, Biggie Smalls is an informal answer to Delia’s Maha, bringing his characteristic Middle Eastern flavours to a more casual setting that serves beer in cans. Yes!
We’re looking forward to sampling the A-Rab, with slow-roasted lamb shoulder, smoked hummus, pickled cabbage, sumac, mint and coriander packed into freshly grilled bread.
And if you think you can run a successful kebab house without serving hot chips, you’d be wrong. Delia’s version comes with beurre noisette, preserved lemon, coriander seed and salt. Fancy.
Keep your eyes peeled folks and we’ll be back with more information on new Melbourne restaurant, Biggie Smalls closer to launch date.