New address: Corner Young Street & Loftus Lane, off Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tantalizing food for all taste buds
Cubby's Kitchen is a Lebanese pop-up kitchen in Surry Hills serving warm and beautiful Lebanese food that keeps your taste buds tantalised. A surprise package on Crown street, this relatively quiet looking restaurant has an elegantly simple menu however, the chefs delightfully cook up a storm.
Strolling up to Cubby's on a cold winter night, I peeped in to enquire if it is operational and was instantly attracted to the lovely cosy setting it offered. I was promptly seated although I rocked up without a reservation. But to my surprise, the restaurant was pretty full and it was my early arrival that helped me gain a table.
The Cubby's menu has a lot of familiar Lebanese names and ingredients with a few hidden surprises. Although the menu doesn't score on quantity, it surely had enough to satiate food lovers. Once my guest arrived, we ordered a few of the tapas style dishes and wine. The food arrived quickly and had an interesting modern wave to their presentation.
It was hard to go past the succulent grilled burnt corn on the cob. As I chewed the delicious corn away, I was in awe of the perfection to which every piece was cooked to. The falafel served on Lebanese bread with pickled turnip was raising the bar to a different level. It was hard to fault anything else that was served after that. It was evident that the chefs had plated up food with precision and great care. That's probably why the menu had a handful of perfectly cooked dishes to pick from.
Cubby's kitchen is owned by Matt Yazbek of Toko fame (also located in Surry Hills). The chefs of Cubby's Kitchen bring some Japanese surprises to Lebanese cuisine like adding miso to the baba ganoush or serving hummus and edamame.
The food, service and atmosphere received big ticks from us and it's only a matter of time before it's popularity will soar with word of mouth. In just over a year, Cubby's has created a little place of its own in the neighbourhood and I hope they are able to renew their location license to set up a permanent kitchen. Don't let their unattractive wine glasses dissuade you, your BYO wine should make up for it.