If you look up when you set foot into Northcote’s Lé Léé, you’ll see dried garlic and chilli draped above the faux-balcony above the door. Traditionally Macedonian, this is the vision of owner Miki Dodevski wants you to feel when you visit – like you’re in an authentic Macedonian’s house.
Forget the mainstream culinary expectations when it comes to international cuisine in Melbourne. Fusion food or modernisation have been thrown out the window. Lé Léé is strictly all about presenting authentic, traditionally cooked food exactly as you’d find it served at home in Macedonia.
You’ll find dishes like the Vardarsko Grne, served in pottery that’s part of a whopping hand-made 290kg set delivered from Macedonia. Other wonderful highlights on the menu include Selsko Meso (slow cooked beef meatballs with pork, chicken and mushroom), Pastrmkana Ohridski (trout, the Ohrid way) and Sarma (rolled pickled cabbage with beef).
Designed for sharing, the menu holds a wide selection of vegetarian meze to start, followed by hearty, meat-heavy stews. Banquets are available (and highly recommended—they are absolutely unreal) for those wanting to try an array of the most popular Macedonian dishes.
Feeling like a drink? Wine enthusiasts will be pleased with the Macedonian and Balkan range on this wonderfully curated drinks menu, but tradition dictates that every meal should begin with a glass of Rakia and a toast. ‘Nazdravije!’
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