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Tiba's Restaurant

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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
In real life, I do discuss food exactly like how I write in my food review articles. As always my food reviews are scored only on what I've tried and the service expected of that type of establishment.
Published April 14th 2014
The naan test and the wrap challenge with Lebanese cuisine
"Tomato sauce?" - silence and eye rolls from fellow diners. The first time I went to Tiba's that was my main concern. I like kebab meat: the beef, lamb or chicken. I was just used to putting tomato sauce on it, as I haven't developed the appreciation of hummus or yoghurt dips. It was astonishing to find no need for sauces at all. The meat spoke for itself: simply juicy and spitfired (for lack of a better word).

Decor-wise the entrance makes you feel like you're in a fast food restaurant. You can order takeaway, but its only after you walk past the waiting area do you enter the atmosphere of a family restaurant. A comfortable set-up featuring wooden chairs and tables, brick walls and a few wall decorations. This is the perfect setting for communal sharing, which is a must in order to enjoy all there is to offer.

Please try this with good friends or family, as you will find yourself negotiating for the best bits and don't want to get into a row with someone your only so-so/facebook friends. If unsure the naan bread test will suffice. The Naan bread test: if no one looses cool over who gets more of the entree naan bread, then you're good to proceed. If results are disastrous fake a sickie and return with proper friends. A big tip is to not eat all of this delicious naan bread.

The Naan Bread Test
The Naan bread test

Upon this visit we tried:

Cheese pastry
Cheese pastry

The cheese pastry was new to the menu. Think cheese infused soft pastry where you can taste it but it doesn't ooze out like pizza. Chips were a new addition as well.

The main course was 'Sam's Special' and the mixed grill. The carnivore in me rejoiced. The salad, falafel and rice were good but I come here for the meat. The meat is what sings to me. Now is when you can get the leftover naan bread which you have concealed for good reason: do-it-yourself wraps! This is arguably the best thing about eating at Tiba's: the wrap challenge. Challenge yourself to make and consume as many wraps as you can.

Rice, dips and falafel
Rice, dips and falafel
Shwarma, Lebanese sausage and salad
Lamb and chicken shwarma, Lebanese sausage and salad

Lamb cutlets, chicken and onion
Lamb cutlets, chicken and onion

Tiba's provides halal Lebanese food that you would expect to be more expensive. Go for the food, use the naan test to filter out the so-so friends and the wrap challenge to star in your own eating contest. The most important thing is have fun eating food that can stand on its own, leave the tomato sauce at home.

Sam's special and Mixed grill
Sam's special and Mixed grill

Experience Summary:

Service 4 stars; good service.

Atmosphere 5 stars; family friendly, comfortable and busy. However this is only possible with people who pass the naan test.

Food 5 stars; great food that is tasty, hot and juicy. Have fun with the wrap challenge.

Uniqueness factor a combination of great food, great setting and fun (naan test and wrap challenge)
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Why? Shwarma without the need for tomato sauce
Phone: 9380 8425
Where: 504 Sydney Road Brunswick, VIC 3056
Your Comment
Haha, I like the simplicity of tomato sauce too. Although I do like the fancier dips when going out.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12353) 1861 days ago
Ah I LOVE THIS PLACE! Amazing tasting food and even better value for money- best of all, you can take home what you don't eat (which will most likely happen as the serves are so big). Well worth a visit, great for kids because the food comes out quickly.
by zalie (score: 0|8) 1856 days ago
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