Centrally located on Church Street, El Phoenician provides free parking for dinner guests (no small thing if you've ever tried to find parking in Parramatta), and throws in some great free entertainment during the meal, with belly dancers who actively encourage crowd participation.
But if it's just the food you've come for, don't worry, El Phoenician has all the bases covered. Whether it's the fresh and vibrant fattoush salad, which is served in a crisp pita bread bowl, or the succulent kafta (minced lamb) skewers, the standard of food is always excellent.
Another perennial favourite is the moist and flavoursome falafel (chick pea croquettes), which are great combined with the soft pita bread on the table. Of course there are many more choices as well, and for large tables, there's also a great selection of platters and banquets to tempt the taste buds and provide an insight into much of the menu.
Service is one of the highlights here as well - the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always willing to provide advice, and the delivery of food to the table is always quick and efficient.
So next time you hit the town on a Friday night looking for a great meal and some entertainment, El Phoenician may just be the ticket.