Luxury Lebanese Food at El-Phoenician Sydney

fabulous atmosphere here | camera Sony NEX-7 –  I first heard of this place through a good friend of mine who says it’s one of luxury Lebanese food in Sydney.

On the road, I played a song Lebanese Blonde by Thievery Corporation. It’s a chilly winter’s night and we went to El-Phoenician for special dinner with my friend, Destination NSW, and Garuda Indonesia. So this was something different for us.

It felt like we were entering a ‘hidden gem’ – warm and cosy, a sleek and modern, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, chocolate brown hues and white starched-linen table clothes and an eclectic feel.

adhe, donna, & garuda indonesia miniature | camera Sony NEX-7

Yummy authentic Lebanese food. Fabulous atmosphere. This was my first time eating Lebanese food in Sydney. The waiters extremely helpful with ordering.

And, you know what? One of the waiters in El-Phoenician speaking in bahasa Indonesia. Yes, bahasa Indonesia. NICE!

The menu is divided into appetisers (dips), mezza, sliced meats (shawarma), grills (shish kebabs), seafood, meat and poultry.

delicious el-phoenician dips pastels | camera Sony NEX-7

seafood platter ala el-phoenician | camera Sony NEX-7

spicy: the shish kebabs are accompanied by flatbread and fried potato wedges | camera Sony NEX-7

We had the combination platter, is the best way to sample the kitchen’s breadth, beginning with those dips before it moves on to salad, pickles, seafood, and lamb and chicken skewers.

For dessert, there are pastries, from baklava to ladies arms with a creamy, curd-like cheese filling and earthy Lebanese coffee.

Overall, the entrees and mains had a very home-cooked, simple, good “honest food” taste to them.

I felt quite good that we ate lebanese food tonight. So I really enjoyed the whole experience.

El-Phoenician isn’t cheap, but in a world that increasingly thinks casual is good enough, it’s great to have a restaurant that aims high. Try it and tell me what you think.

I’ll definitely come back during the day to try the lunch menu, and eat some vegetarian meals.

El Phoenician
7 Towns Place, Walsh Bay 2000
Sydney, NSW – Australia

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