Two of the best dishes we tried had tomatoes as their main component: the Our world famous tomato pasta and Naked heirloom tomatoes mosaic. The latter comprises thin slices of the fruit on a slab of marble that’s simply seasoned, and the former is Shani’s go-to meal made with hand-squeezed Maggie tomato juice and garlic.
Our world famous tomato pasta anyone?
They’re not the only dishes you’ll find the fruit in. Three sauces – a fresh Yemeni green chilli, garlic and olive paste named zhug; Maggie tomato salsa; and sour cream – come in different permutations for the rest of the items on the menu. They’ll probably be the only constants with the list of oddly named dishes refreshed daily; one of the many things going on at the restaurant.
It can be a bit overwhelming if you step into North Miznon in the thick of dinner service. Located at 110 Amoy Street, the new spot which opened recently is the more upmarket sister restaurant to Shani’s popular pita eatery Miznon in Stanley Street.
The buzzy North Miznon is open from 5:30pm to midnight on Wednesday to Sunday.
On Shani’s second last day in the country when we visited, the restaurant was in full swing; past the green doors were waiters zooming around tables, in the background a cacophony of multiple conversations happening simultaneously, and sounds of prepping and cooking floated up from the open kitchen counter at the back. Save for the lack of music, one could be forgiven for forgetting about the pandemic.
Ahead, we give the 4-1-1 on this establishment.