New dining spot Maman brings Mediterranean tastes and coastal vibes to Burleigh
A slice of the Mediterranean has arrived right in the heart of Burleigh Heads with Maman – French for ‘mum’ – opening its bright white doors last week. The hotly anticipated arrival takes over the former Ragdoll Dining site on James Street, with its owners transforming the once dark and moody space into a luminous coastal-inspired haven for share-style feasts, sips and good times.
Maman (pronounced ma-mo) is the handiwork of Oli Frost, the founder of music festival The Grass is Greener and a part-owner of burger bar Milky Lane in Surfers Paradise, and former Gold Coast ironman Matt Poole – with Oli’s mother and aunty, Karen and Elizabeth Fines (both chefs) also on board. The all-white 50-seat restaurant and bar, dripping in blue-hued murals and adorned with hand-painted ceramic wares by Byron Bay artist Jai Visacek, is now accessed from the Justin Lane alleyway (which runs parallel to James Street – the same laneway where Lockwood and Nightjar sit) via an impressive new arched entranceway.
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours are woven into Maman’s largely share-style menu, designed to offer simple, produce-driven dishes that pair well with uncomplicated cocktails and clean, organic wines. House-made dips (hummus, babaganoush, taramasalata), chicken-liver parfait and serves of cured meats like serrano ham and hot sopressa kickstart the snacks selection, followed by smaller plates like broad-bean spread and roasted-garlic ricotta on pita, yellow-fin-tuna carpaccio with preserved lemon, green-olive salsa and parsnip crisps. Though, it’ll be hard to pass up Maman’s signature – a Moreton Bay bug roll with iceberg, harissa and lime mayo.
The menu flows into more hearty dishes like lamb kofte with hommus, cacik and Israeli-style salad that you can mop up with Turkish pide, spinach-and-fetta pie with pepperonata sauce, a two-person lamb moussaka with Greek salad, and chermoula-crusted salmon with Moroccan eggplant. Cocktails take centre stage the Maman bar, with signatures like the orange and torched-rosemary gin and tonic, and the tropical-gin-infused pink lemonade on pour alongside a selection of natural and organic wines, spirits and tap beers. In the coming weeks, the Maman team will open a grab-and-go nook on the venue’s James Street side (the original entrance) where locals will be able to purchase frozen takeaway Mediterranean-style meals like comforting tagines, curries, soups and dahl … just like mum would make.
Maman is now open! Head to our Stumble Guide for its opening hours, contact information and booking details.
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