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Published December 1st 2015
A truly extraordinary place where tradition meets modernity
A brand new addition to the 'foodie strip' by the Entertainment Centre is Houda's Kitchen - a family-run restaurant that specializes in serving some seriously amazing Mediterranean and Lebanese delicacies.
Having been invited to their Grand Opening, we were welcomed by some of the friendliest people who work at Houda's Kitchen and were treated to fine dining at its finest.
This restaurant has been a childhood dream of Doumit Awkar, who named Houda's Kitchen after his mother. Awkar hopes to honour his mother who taught him the art of cooking by sharing with us some of the most scrumptious Lebanese recipes that has been in the family for generations.
Houda's Kitchen has found its home in Hindmarsh
Walking into Houda's Kitchen, you can feel a wave of homeliness and welcoming from all corners of this beautiful, little establishment. There are tables and chairs that are eloquently placed to provide its patrons with an equal sense of comfort and privacy.
Don't be fooled by the seemingly little space of this restaurant. Boasting of a beautiful outer seating area, a spacious bar, a wooden-oven space, and the main dining area, Houda's Kitchen can provide their 'home' to a fairly large number of individuals who can come together and enjoy fine dining at its finest.
Aesthetic lighting to give the visitors with a warm, home-y feel.
Personally hailing from the Middle East, I was absolutely ecstatic to see a serve of Za'atar - Lebanese flatbread with infusions of oregano, thyme, basil, sesame and sumac. This was the perfect appetizer that was bursting with flavour and truly started off the night on a good note.
Throughout the dinner service, the staff by the wood-oven were working extremely hard to create some seriously delicious-looking (and tasting!) pizzas. Providing a wide range of selection, I was lucky enough to sample a bit of each type of pizza. Their vegetarian and non-vegetarian options were equally full of some of the tastiest ingredients that mixed well with each other.
There was an array of traditional dishes that were served at the Grand Opening, which included (but is not limited to) kebabs, chicken and lamb skewers, and baba ghanoush (which, if you haven't tried yet - then do yourself a favour and head to Houda's Kitchen NOW). There was also a plate of hummus, which reminded me of home so much. Honestly, if they were just serving their fantastic hummus, I'd be happy and would eat it all night - it was made to sweet, sweet perfection.
As part of the Grand Opening celebrations, all guests were presented with a spectacular show of belly dancers and live music. These may have been small acts, but they surely brought even more life to the room and everyone appeared to have a ball of a time. Houda's Kitchen aimed to deliver an exceptional service to its guests, and oh boy, they sure delivered and exceeded our expectations in putting together a night of celebrations!
Belly dancing on launch night at Houda's Kitchen
Overall, Houda's Kitchen provided its patrons with the perfect blend of entertainment, food, and quality service. Everything from the staff to the decor to the ambience at Houda's Kitchen complemented each other in a delightful manner. You will be well-looked after by some of the nicest hosts one could ask for, so do yourself a favour and visit Houda's Kitchen fairly soon to enjoy some of the best Lebanese and Mediterranean goodies that Adelaide has on offer!