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Al Aseel Middle Eastern Restaurant

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Published July 24th 2011
Dip you Lebanese bread in Hummus or Baba Ganoush and get your appetite ready for some finger licking, great tasting Lebanese food. Located in Surry Hills, this modern looking restaurant gives you the choice to sit inside the restaurant or outside on the terrace and for added entertainment there's a belly dancer at night.

Al Aseel Lebanese Restaurant

The menu is huge! They have so much to offer, which could leave you lost with what to order. From dips and salads to finger foods, and then from meats to rice and seafood, this place has definitely covered it.

On the entrée menu lists the Sambousek and Falafel as the most popular but, Fried Kebbeh and Spinach Triangles are also tasty traditional Lebanese dishes that are worth tasting. Al Aseel has the "mixed finger foods plate" that has all of these in it which is great to try but, quite small for $12.

Fried Kebbeh, Falafel, Cheese Sambousek, Spinach triangle and Meat Sambousek

Dips and salads are very popular too. But depending on what you order than it may already come with the dish. I suggest the Fattoush salad; it's like a normal salad except mixed with fried bread and dressed with grenadine, garlic and olive oil.

Fattoush Salad

For first timers, the mixed plate will have you set. This comes with Hommus, Baba Ganoush and Garlic Dips, Tabouli, Meat Skewers (lamb, chicken and Kafta) and Falafel. Not only will this will it give you an idea of what to order but will also save space in your pocket as compared to buying the dishes individually.

Mixed Kafta Plate with Hommus, Baba Ghanoush and Garlic dips, Tabouli and a Falafel

My favourite main dish is the "Breast Chicken Lemon Garlic." But I must warn you, it will leave you with a strong garlic breath; but definitely worth it.

Chicken Breast Lemon Garlic. 3 Skewers of marinated chicken breast mixed with garlic based sauce

If you still have space for dessert, than Baclava is the way to go. Not mentioned on the menu is rice pudding, order that and you'll be complete.

For the smokers/casual smokers out there try the Narghile also known as the 'waterpipe.' They come in flavours such as, oeach, apple and mint.

If you do plan to visit Al Aseel with a booking, than ask to book the corner table with Bedouin cushions for a real Middle Eastern seating experience.

Al Aseelis open daily and also has a catering division for events and parties. They have a take away menu (take away prices are cheaper than eating in).

Al Aseel's sister restaurant is located in Greenacre (4/173 Waterloo Rd Greenacre) with the same menu.
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Why? For a great Lebanese experience
When: Fri-Sat 9am - 10pm, Sun-Thurs 9am-9pm Public Holidays 9am-9pm
Where: Shop 529 Elizabeth St Surry Hills
Cost: depends on what you order
my favourite lebanese restaurant ever :)
I havnt been to the Surry Hills one but it sounds very nice (especially with the pillows you mentioned). I go teh the one in Greenacre very often as it is close by and it is always great food I reccomend it to everyone who enjoys lebanese food.

But i must say lebanese food in general has to be my favourite.
By Carly Bass - senior reviewer
Thursday, 28th of July @ 07:17 am
The Greenacre one is good too but, the atmosphere and vibe is different to the Surry Hills one. The Greenacre place is more family orientated and smaller; and since they’re always busy it feels squashy. The Surry Hills one on the other hand is great for anyone or any occasion and even when they are busy you don’t feel like you’re all sitting on top of each other.
I had my birthday at the Surry Hills one last year and for all 7 of us, I paid $250, this included food, 3 narghile’s and a flow of drinks.
The staff are friendly too!
By 3tbsofsugar - senior reviewer
Friday, 29th of July @ 03:30 am
Lebanese food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines, always so tasty and portions so generous! Looks good =)
By Bec Ninness - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 20th of June @ 10:40 pm
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