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Published May 2nd 2014
An Arabian dining experience
Having won much appreciation and accolades from culinary societies in Australia, Kazbah does offer something unique to the usual night out for dinner. Located in three locations in Sydney- Darling harbour, Balmain and Top Ryde, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one near you…
Having been to the restaurant at Top Ryde, the atmosphere is quite classy with indoor and outdoor seating. It is located in Top Ryde shopping centre so you share an open courtyard with other vendors. It is a family friendly restaurant and offers service seven days and week for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
With an exotic menu with a variety of Mediterranean, middle eastern and Moroccan cuisine, the blend of dishes reflects the mixed cultural heritage of the owners of Kazbah, namely Lebanese and Turkish/ Greek heritage.
The beverages include red and white wines and other standard Australian drinks, as well as cocktails including exotic Arabian flavours such as cardamom and date margarita, mecca, a mix of currant vodka, berries, cinnamon syrup and khobar with dark rum, pomegranate liqueur, Moroccan mint vodka, pineapple, figs and dates to name a few. There are also non-alcoholic beverages, coffees etc.
I tried shisha for the first time at Kazbah, and that was an interesting experience with infusions of various fruity flavours, although admittedly I'm not a huge fan of shisha in general. I do recommend trying the mezzes such as grilled haloumi, tabouli and fried cauliflower, egg plant jam and yoghurt tahini sauce, the latter was particularly delicious. The dips plates and the breads are fantastic to share with a group hence I highly recommend going with a group of friends so you can share a variety of different dishes to sample all the exotic flavours. The mains were reasonable however, I personally felt the highlights were the mezzos, breads, drinks and desserts as well as the overall Arabian experience.
There is also a kids menu and something for the vegetarians too. Prices are reasonable if you are planning to share, otherwise you might be expecting to pay roughly $20 for a plate of dips or $12-$15 for the mezzes, and roughly between $30 and $40 for the majority o f the mains… therefore not very cheap but for an occasional special night out, why not.
The breakfast and lunch menus also offer a nice blend of Arabian with some traditional Australian food to suit all tastes.