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Published August 16th 2012
This flat bread won't leave you filling flat
Seeking freshly baked Lebanese bread and Middle Eastern kebabs? Look no further than Lawash Bakery on South Road in Thebarton. Freshly baked Lebanese bread is available daily from 8.00am - and once you have tasted freshly baked Lebanese bread, you cannot go back to the ones they sell at the supermarket.
Apart from the Tandoori baked flat bread ($2.50 per pack), Lawash also has Boolani bread (potato bread) at $2.50 a serve.
This cheap, no frills bakery also serves kebabs grilled to order ($14 for 4 skewers or $12 for 3 mixed skewers). You can select from chicken, shami (minced lamb) and tikka (cubed lamb). The kebabs come with an undressed salad of iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions, and is accompanied by a serve of Lebanese bread and creamy tzatziki.
[ADVERT]The bright yellow hue of the chicken kebabs suggest turmeric as a dominant spice used. There is also a hint of of chilli powder. Garlic seems to be a predominant flavour with the lamb. I am not sure what marinades are used but I am certainly hooked on the smoky flavours. The chicken is quite moist and the lamb is on the drier side. The serves are pretty big and can easily be shared between two if you are not a big eater.
A selection of Middle Eastern sweets are available for purchase by the unit or by weight. Various baklavas with different nut fillings, date fingers, and fresh turkish delight are there on offer. Any one of these delicacies would be sufficient to satisfy a sweet tooth.
An interesting drink is doogh ($2.00), a type of yoghurt shake which I once tried at a Persian restaurant. You might be interested to give it a go but I did find it quite hard to swallow. There is a hint of mint in the fermented milk drink. It is possibly one of those drinks that one has be brought up on to actually like it. I was expecting it to taste like Yakult, which I love, but unfortunately it did not bear any resemblance to it.
Self-service complimentary Ceylon Earl Grey tea is available for diners. There is no sign to indicate this - just observe other regular diners and you soon learn. The brand of Earl Grey they serve is called "Mahmood" which I find highly aromatic and desirably strong. It is available for sale by the box in the shop (100 tea bags for $8).
Lawash also sells a very small selection of grocery items such as rice and spice/curry mixes. The spice/curry mixes might be interesting to try at home and would make whipping up a meal at home easy. Most of the spices suggest more of an Indian flavour with names like Pav Bhaji, Biryani, and Pani Puri Masala.
There were also a number of jars of an item called Hot Fefferoni which appears to be pickled chillies. I imagine they might go well with a bowl of wonton noodles or Mexican food like burritos and enchiladas.
If you go on a weekday, you might find yourself in much male dominated company. On the weekends, you will see more families eating there. During the period of Ramadan, the shop is relatively quiet during the day but as soon as the fast in broken in the evening, the crowds start piling in.
This is actually an Afghani restaurant that makes Afghan bread - not Lebanese. The food is absolutely delicious and very affordable. They have recently bought the shop next door and renovated. It's no longer the 'take away' looking shop but a lovely sit down restaurant. Last couple of times I visited since the Reno there's definitely bigger crowds and more families.