Shukah - CLOSED

The team behind Sezar's Windsor Armenian eatery.
Jasmine Crittenden
June 14, 2017


The trio behind the CBD's family run Armenian restaurant Sezar and The Black Toro in Glen Waverley have opened a third eatery in Windsor. Dubbed Shukah, it continues the family's focus on Armenian flavours — but you can expect a more casual vibe.

Shukah's menu combines Armenian food with European and other Middle Eastern influences. "It's not traditional stuff," says executive chef Garen Maskal, who co-owns the restaurants with cousins Aret and Sasoon Arzadian (they're brothers). "But anyone familiar with those flavours will get it. [There is] a lot of spices, fresh herbs and slow-cooked meats."

The centrepiece is a Mibrasa charcoal oven, which has been imported from Spain. Maskal describes it as "an upright oven, but fully powered by charcoal and super hot — anywhere from 350 to 400 degrees." From that, you'll be getting smoky, charry meats, fish and vegetables.

Matching them is a small 'punchy' wine list, including Lebanese, Georgian and Armenian drops, as well as a range of cocktails. On top of that, the team is collaborating with Brunswick's Kettle Green Brewing Co to come up with a unique beer that'll be light and floral to counter Shukah's spices.

Erika Lancini has taken care of the design, with pastel colours and, for seating, a mix of banquettes and high stools. A big picture window looks onto the street and there are plans to open a courtyard out the back in time for summer.

The space at 104 Chapel Street, has room for 40 inside and a few outside. "It's like a light-hearted version of Sezar," Maskal says. "It's not a bar, but you can pop in and out for a quick drink or mezze, or go the full slog."


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