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Published December 12th 2015
The best of Lebanese cuisine near a picturesque river
A wonderful Christmas party was organised at the lovely Cedrus Lebanese Restaurant in Ryde. Near the Parramatta River, with an indoor and outdoor dining area, Cedrus was a charming place for 17 of us to chill out, enjoy each other's company and rip open the Christmas bonbons and discover the latest pearls of insight or weird humour.
Our meal continued with the presentation of a plate of falafels, arnabeet which is fried cauliflower, and sambousi, a pastry filled with meat. This delectable trio were superb. They were fresh and flavoursome.
A banquet is not a banquet without the frequent roll-out of food. This tradition continued with lamb and chicken skewers and aromatic kafta skewers. These appetizing meat dishes were delightful, particularly the yummy kafta kebabs.
Our last dish, the baklava, was a surprise. I've eaten baklava in the past and often it has been a dessert that I have found to be too sweet. The baklava at the Cedrus had just the right amount of syrupy sweetness which made it highly enjoyable.
It was noisy at times from trucks driving from the nearby construction area but it was lovely to sit outside in the sunshine and feel the breeze. This is a lovely part of Ryde to go for a walk after lunch or dinner, there is a park across the road and a carpark nearby.