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Where is Adelaide's Best Middle Eastern Food?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published September 26th 2014
The Middle East is a broad region with many different cultures and customs, but there are similar threads that run through the foods from these countries. Spices, fruits, honey, and of course freshness are essential elements to many Middle Eastern cuisines. There's no doubt that Adelaide has some excellent Middle Eastern food choices, but we want to find out your favourites. Help us find Adelaide's best Middle Eastern food.

Feasting at Parwana

Parwana is often touted as not just one of Adelaide's best Middle Eastern restaurants, but one of its best restaurants full stop. Bookings are essential at this Afghan restaurant, even on quiet days of the week. The menu is ideal for sharing; large meat platters are accompanied by the delicious eggplant banjan borani, aromatic rice, and sides like mantu Afghan dumplings. They opened a second store this year, Kutchi Deli: Parwana on Ebenezer Place. The quality is still excellent and the taste superb.

Another old favourite is Jerusalem House on Hindley Street. The pokey restaurant features a few tables and a parachuted ceiling, but the food cannot be faulted. Once again, the meals are ideal for sharing. The best way to eat is to just pick a price point and ask for the right amount of food to feed your group. Fresh salads with rich meats, soft breads, and delicious dips make for an excellent communal meal.

A slightly more unusual suggestion is Peel Street Restaurant, located unsurprisingly on Peel Street. The menu is not strictly Middle Eastern, but there are some very strong Middle Eastern influences and flavours scattered throughout the eclectic choices.

We're barely scratching the surface with these suggestions, more importantly we want to know your favourites. Maybe it's a small Afghan charcoal restaurant you happened to stumble across one night, or its your local Lebanese yiros shop? Let us know all your favourites and help us track down Adelaide's best Middle Eastern options.
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You HAVE to try the new Algerian café at the Adelaide Central Markets. Though not Middle Eastern, they serve amazing couscous and merguez sausages, and the Harissa is to DIE for!
by melvi (score: 0|3) 1936 days ago
Sumac cafe on good wood rd. went there this week and food was vey tasty and affordable. Great service and atmosphere. Love the tasting platters that two of is were unable to finish
by beche (score: 0|9) 1934 days ago
I stumbled across Lezizz Persian Restaurant on Glen Osmond Road about 2 months ago. The food was amazing, particularly their stews. My favourite was a dish called Fesenjan - Chicken stew with a pomegranate and walnut sauce. It was tangy and moreish and unlike anything I have ever tried before. I will definitely be going back.
by etkuh (score: 0|2) 1933 days ago
Sumac Cafe on Goodwood Rd at Daw Park does yummy platters and is family friendly. Their zaatar pizza is only $2.50. My 2yo loves it.
by Justc (score: 2|139) 1938 days ago
Hi..there's a tiny Afghan restaurant that I visited when I had just arrived in Adelaide which I remember was in Hindmarsh. We opted for a take away instead of eating in the restaurant. The food was delicious..
by ann_1 (score: 0|7) 1935 days ago
Try the ghan kebab house in prospect
by drdeo (score: 0|2) 788 days ago
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