Falafel Zaman – Street Lebanese food • Neutral Bay, Sydney

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It’s no news that Lebanese food has a special spot in my heart. I love food that I can play with the ingredients to make amazing combinations, tweaking things for a different flavor every bite.

Another day, Hubby and I had some errands in Neutral Bay around lunchtime. THE perfect excuse to try a new place and Falafel Zaman was the chosen one for that day (great choice by the way).

My order

The good thing about Lebanese food is that you can share everything. So this is what we did:

  • To share: Mixed Grill Plate – skewers (1 kafta, 1 lamb, 1 chicken), fattoush salad, chips, 1 kibbeh, 2 falafels, hommus, garlic sauce, and 2 pieces of Lebanese bread.
  • Hubby: Lamb Grilled Wrap – Grilled premium lamb fillets wrapped in Lebanese bread with hommus, onion/parsley, sumac, and pickles.
Mixed Grill Plate - fattoush salad, hommus, garlic sauce & 2 pieces of lebanese bread.
Mixed Grill Plate – fattoush salad, hommus, garlic sauce & 2 pieces of lebanese bread.
Mixed Grill Plate -skewers (1 kafta, 1 lamb, 1 chicken), 1 kibbeh, 2 falafels, and chips.
Mixed Grill Plate -skewers (1 kafta, 1 lamb, 1 chicken), 1 kibbeh, 2 falafels, and chips.
Lamb Grilled Wrap - Grilled premium lamb fillets wrapped in lebanese bread with hommus, onion/parsley, sumac, and pickles.
Lamb Grilled Wrap –
Grilled premium lamb fillets wrapped in lebanese bread with hommus, onion/parsley, sumac, and pickles.

We’ve found their food super yummy and service was great. However, it was pricey for the amount of food, especially for the mixed plate. Perhaps I’m not used to the prices in that area, but I feel portions could be more generous.

Aside from that, I loved their falafel, not oily, crunchy on the outside and super moist on the inside.

Neutral Bay – Street Lebanese food
238 Military Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
More information: www.falafelzaman.com.au

Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food • Miranda, Sydney

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Shawa Grill is the newest Lebanese restaurant at Westfield Miranda and already has a spot in my heart. ❤️

They offer an amazing menu, full of yummy options such as plates, rolls, dips, and traditional Lebanese desserts.

For anyone looking for low carb options, you can also find breadless choices, like baba ghanoush or hummus topped with a meat of your choice.

My order

As it was our first time there, we decided to stick to the classical options and these were our choices:

  • Mine: Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Hubby: Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
  • Dessert to share: Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.
Shawa plate meal - chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa plate meal – chicken shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal - lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanouj, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Shawa roll meal – lamb shawarma, hummus, baba ghanoush, toum (garlic sauce), tabbouleh salad & chips.
Knafeh - Lebanese style cheesecake.
Knafeh – Lebanese style cheesecake.

Everything was spot on! Super delicious and generous portions.

I only wish they had an option to replace those hot chips with something else.

Hubby was more than happy eating all of them, but I would prefer having some extra salad, but I was told it wasn’t possible.

Now, what about the dessert, you may be asking!
It was my first time trying Knafeh, and I already can say is one of my favourites.

It’s literally melted cheese, topped with semolina, pistachio, and sugar syrup.
I understand that it might not be to everyone’s taste, but please trust me and give it a try.

Location-wise it couldn’t be any easier, just get the train (T4 line) bound to Cronulla and alight at Miranda station.
Boom! You have arrived at the shopping centre, now head to the upper area where most of the restaurants are located and you’ll easily find it. 🙂

Shawa Grill – Street Lebanese food
Shop 2205 Westfield Miranda
600 Kingsway Miranda NSW 2228 Australia
More information: www.shawagrill.com.au

Eddie’s Lebanese Eatery | Mortdale | Restaurant review

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Middle-Eastern is one of my favourite cuisines.

I simply love all their flavours, aromas, and textures.
I feel like every dish has something special, like a cosy feeling that hugs you after each bite.

So that was my overall feeling while having such an amazing lunch at Eddie’s Lebanese Eatery, in Mortdale, south of Sydney.

Authentic Lebanese food, packed with flavour, and almost impossible to stop eating.

My order

When the subject is Middle-Eastern food, I can honestly say hubby and I are a bit greedy. 😝

That is why we decided, at the occasion, to order a platter and a dish to share.
Our choices were:

  • Vegetarian mixed platter: hommous, baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel, chargrilled eggplant, cheese sambousik and spinach triangle.
  • Shawarma: silvers of beef marinated with onion, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mixed herbs and spices, served with tahini sauce and rice.
Vegetarian mixed platter: hommous, baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel, chargrilled eggplant, cheese sambousik and spinach triangle.
Vegetarian mixed platter: hommous, baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel, chargrilled eggplant, cheese sambousik and spinach triangle.
Shawarma: silvers of beef marinated with onion, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mixed herbs and spices, served with tahini sauce.
Shawarma: silvers of beef marinated with onion, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mixed herbs and spices, served with tahini sauce.

Every single element in those two dishes was outstanding!
As the MasterChef judges like to say: “cooked to perfection!

I believe it was the best baba ganoush I’ve ever had; falafel was moist inside and super crunchy on the outside.

Something new for me was the two pastries served in the mixed platter (one filled with cheese and the other with spinach), which were, as you imagine, simply delicious.

Another great surprise was the Shawarma dish.

I was expecting that kind of meat you get from a spit, but this one was more like slowly cooked meat.
Super moist, falling apart, well-seasoned and yum!

Eddie’s Lebanese Eatery
35 Morts Rd, Mortdale NSW 2223
More information: www.eddieslebaneseeatery.com.au

Sammy’s Restaurant | Gymea

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In case you happen to be goofing around the Sutherland Shire, you can’t miss the opportunity to have a fantastic Lebanese meal at the Sammy’s restaurant in Gymea.

Their dishes are huge, super cost effective and the most important part, DELICIOUS!

In their menu you will find traditional Middle Eastern dishes (not only Lebanese), charcoal chicken (a very popular choice amongst the locals for takeaway), and burgers.

I always stick with the Lebanese part of the menu, much nicer and yummy. 😋

My order

There are plenty of options for all tastes but what I liked the most is their options of mixed platters, and of course, that’s what we ordered:

  • Small mixed platter: 2 chicken breast skewers, 2 lamb skewers, 2 kafta skewers served with green salad (tabouli is usually included, but we asked to replace it with a salad), 4 falafels, hommous, baba ghanouj, garlic dip, and mixed pickles.
Chicken breast, lamb, kafta skewers.
Chicken breast, lamb, kafta skewers.
Falafels.
Falafels.
Hommous and baba ghanouj.
Hommous and baba ghanouj.
Green salad.
Green salad.

As you can see from the mouth-watering photos above, that is plenty of food for two people! (and only $36, as of July 2017)

We definitely ate more than we had originally planned; I can say I left the place heavier but also happier!
Win-win, right? 😝

That is normally the kind of feeling you only have after a Sunday lunch at your grandma’s. 🙂

The place is also BYO, but they charge a small corkage fee of $2 per person.

Sammy’s Restaurant
65 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea – 2227 – Sydney, NSW
More information: www.sammysgymea.com.au

Out there: El-manara Lebanese Restaurant | Lakemba – Sydney

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I simply love middle eastern cuisine; all their spices, strong flavours, and the way you eat and share the food. Everything seems so relaxed and comfortable. It’s like this type of food is always made by that lovely grandmother and I feel like in every bite, it gives my stomach a lovely hug.

I truly think I have some sort of past connection with that region haha, but anyways let’s talk about serious stuff here: my lunch at El-manara Lebanese Restaurant.

It was a friend’s idea. She is from Jordan and after visiting Lakemba (a well-known Lebanese suburb in Sydney), she invited me to go there again. The restaurant is a small and simple place, but the food my friend, is absolutely fantastic! As we say in Brazil: this is to be eaten praying (yeah, it makes sense in Portuguese :P).

Ah! In case you follow any low carb, paleo or gluten free diet, simply by skipping the pita bread you can find many options that suit these diets. I got some on the pictures below.

My order

We were in four (my friend and her boyfriend, and my hubby), and I might say I was very fortunate to have two specialists with us. They did the order and at first, I thought that it was a lot of food, but silly me. That food was outstanding and I couldn’t stop myself from eating a bit of everything (neither them). 😛

For the mains we got:

  • Kafta and Shish Kebab. [GF]
  • Fattah – layers of pita bread, chickpeas, and natural yoghurt mixed with lemon juice. According to my friend, this is a traditional breakfast dish in the Middle East.
  • Hoummos with meat. [GF]
  • Lebanese salad – Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, lemon juice, garlic & olive oil. [GF]
  • Pickles and veggies plate – Olives, tomatoes, chillies, and pickled turnips.
  • Cooked kebbeh with garlicky dip.
  • Savoury yogurt to drink (surprisingly good). [GF]
Kafta and Shish Kebab
Kafta and Shish Kebab
Fattah
Fattah
Hoummos with meat
Hoummos with meat
Lebanese salad
Lebanese salad
Lebanese salad
Lebanese salad
Cooked kebbeh (4 pieces)
Cooked kebbeh (4 pieces)
Savoury yoghurt to drink
Savoury yoghurt to drink

For me it’s clear when I really like a place, I crave it! Now, for example, writing this post and seeing these photos, I’m almost getting on a train to go there again.

Also, take advantage to explore the suburb itself, visiting some shops with traditional Lebanese products and stop in a CafĂŠ for a sweet, maybe some Turkish or Arabic coffee, and why not some mint tea too?

El-manara Lebanese Restaurant: 143 Haldon Street, Lakemba, Sydney, NSW
The menu is available on their website: www.elmanaralebaneserestaurant.com.au