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Al-Diaffah Al-Iraqi Restaurant

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to see...so little time to see it all.
Published November 15th 2011
Al Diaffah Al Iraqi
Al Diaffah Al Iraqi


I can't imagine a more authentic ethnic dining experience in Sydney than the Al Diaffah al Iraqi in Fairfield. It wouldn't surprise me if this place was transported lock stock and barrel straight out of Baghdad.

The walls are plastered thick with photos of 'old' Iraq. There are large black and white photos of Iraqi city streets scenes, archaeological treasures, portraits of families, farmers and rural vistas during 'the good old days' in Iraq prior to the arrival of Saddam Hussein.

The guy working the floor is eager to please a non Iraqi diner. With typical Iraqi hospitality, he goes out of his way to make me feel good about myself with lots of 'yes boss' and 'of course boss'.

The furniture is basic. So is the menu. Authentic simple street food with kebabs ($13.00), BBQ 'tika' chicken, lamb or fish ( $14.00) cooked using real charcoal coals. There is a typical Iraqi salad of pickled vegetables, lettuce and tomatoes ($4.50) and of course a hummus dip to eat with the deliciously soft fresh flat bread baked in the tandoor oven on the premises. All servings are huge.

Kebabs at the Al Diaffah
Kebabs at the Al Diaffah


Mint tea is served in tiny shot glasses and the yoghurt based Ayran drink perfectly complements the Iraqi dining experience.

In a city of themed chain restaurants, expensive hyped up celebrity chef degustation experiences and pub meals that are pretty much all the same, the great thing about eating at the Al Diafffah al Iraqi is that you know that this place is the real deal.

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Why? Authentic Iraqi Dining
When: Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone: 97550870
Where: 13 The Crescent Fairfield, opposite Fairfield railway station.
Cost: From $13.00
Your Comment
It's a shame you didn't try the mixed plate, or the lamb cooked in rice. Those are the signature dishes I would have expected to appear in a review.
by Tara Sing (score: 2|103) 2627 days ago
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