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Sydney’s Best Middle Eastern Food

It’s official: Sydneysiders have the taste for Middle Eastern food. There are incredible restaurants dotted all over the city, dishing up hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and fattoush, and plates made pretty with pistachios, pomegranates, figs and spices. Is your mouth watering yet?

The next time baklava is calling your name, settle in for a feast at one of Sydney’s top Middle Eastern restaurants. The cuisine is built around sharing with family and friends, so the more, the merrier!

Thievery

A street food-inspired Lebanese menu that is bold and a little exotic. Think LFC (Lebanese Fried Chicken), fried cauliflower fattoush, deconstructed kebabs, and the Baklava Got Back – a pastry stuffed with nuts and topped with pistachio fairy floss and a bourbon and honey syrup. While you eat, sip on the Middle Eastern-themed Hairy Camel cocktail (cognac, spiced apricot and bitters).

91 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Al Aseel

One of Sydney’s most-loved Lebanese restaurants, Al Aseel has expanded to four locations in the past few years and scooped up many awards along the way. The menu is huge, and the plates come piled high with the likes of fried kibbeh, falafel, vine leaves, fattoush, lemon garlic chicken, king prawns, and tender lamb shank.

Greenacre, Alexandria, Wollongong, Lakemba, Penrith

Sefa Kitchen

This restaurant is warm and inviting, with a cool décor and menu full of hearty, delicious options. Grab a group, so you can order up a feast of honey haloumi, citrus chicken, beef with burnt butter and hummus, and a flamed cardamon crème brulee for dessert. To complement the good food and conversation, sip on the spiced watermelon mojito.

292 Bondi Road, Bondi

Café Mint

A dimly-lit, chic spot in Surry Hills. Then, order as many Middle Eastern delights as you can handle: dips, za’atar pita chips, chicken kefte balls, saffron chicken, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, muhammara, and merguez sausages. To finish, savour the sweet meze plate, which features Turkish Delight, Syrian nougah, medjool dates, walnuts, rose custard and of course, baklava.

579 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Cubby’s Kitchen

Cubby’s has Middle Eastern comfort food covered. From the smoked labne and baba ghanosh to the falafel kebabs and lamb kofta, anything you order is guaranteed to be good. If you can fit in dessert, go for the knafeh – a cheesy pastry soaked in rose syrup, cooked til golden, and served with clotted cream.

500 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Deus Bar & Kitchen

As soon as you step inside this converted motorbike warehouse, you’re in for a treat. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves up Middle Eastern-Mediterranean fusion dishes all day, such as pomegranate hummus, eggplant fritters in chickpea batter, and roast mushroom burgers with haloumi. The industrial space has a relaxed, laidback vibe, and an impressive wine list.

98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown

Nour

A restaurant that is Lebanese, but not as you know it. It’s famous among foodies for its creativity, which is best seen in dishes like doughy pumpkin dumplings, chilli charcoal octopus, and short ribs with carrots and garlic sauce. Save room for dessert, because you’ll want to try the spiced pumpkin cheesecake with halva ice cream and honey pepitas. Yum.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Almond Bar

A Darlinghurst favourite, this intimate tapas bar has a menu of small dishes made for sharing, such as chilli hummus, chargrilled lamb skewers, shawarma, fried cauliflower and spitchcock halabeh. The sweets are just as good – the booza, rosewater ice cream or atayef are stand-outs.  As for the drinks, there are traditional Middle Eastern coffees and liqueurs.

379 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Kepos & Co

A foodie destination within itself, Kepos & Co is where chef Michael Rantissi has mastered his own brand of Middle Eastern food. The hummus, falafel and cauliflower salads are the signature dishes, along with woodfired goodies like pide, fish and taboon bread. If you can’t decide, order anything with haloumi, followed by the pistachio cannoli for dessert.

5/18 Danks Street, Waterloo

Anason

For Turkish food with a modern spin, you can’t go past Anason. Led Somer Sivriogl and his team of handpicked Turkish chefs, the restaurant is a sensory experience from start to finish. It’s mezze style, so you can try a bit of everything, like the charcoal octopus, barramundi with a tahini crust, and lamb fillet with eggplant and crumbed fetta.

5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo


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