Surry Hills Scores A New Middle Eastern Charcoal Chicken Eatery From The Team Behind Nour

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 1 July 2020

Grab a seat at the new fun, casual eatery Henrietta, opening today in the heart of Surry Hills.

The humble roast chook is a mid-week saviour. It’s the wholesome, no-frills dish we turn to when cooking just isn’t an option. Grab a serve of chips or throw together a quick salad (if you’re feeling a bit fancy) and you’ve got dinner sorted in a flash. But at this fun new spot, you’ll experience roast chicken like you’ve never tasted it before.

Henrietta is the new Middle Eastern-inspired charcoal chicken eatery landing in the heart of Surry Hills. Swinging open its doors today (July 1st), Henrietta is the latest project from sister venue Nour (in fact, the venues are located right next door to each other on Crown Street). Finding its home in the space formerly occupied by Pizza E Birra, the spot is owned and operated by Ibby Moubadder and Jorge Farah.

For the pair, they wanted to shift perceptions about the humble roast chook. “I really wanted to elevate the beloved charcoal chicken that brings such a nostalgic comfort. I grew up in Lebanon and family feasting was such a large part of my culture. We’d have the hero chicken, cooked over hot charcoal and accompanied with all the share plates – breads, dips, pickles and salads,” tells Moubadder.

At Henrietta expect a playful space designed by Sydney creative agency DS17, with splashes of neon, concrete and terrazzo across the bar and dining room. And for those that want a bit of fresh air, perch yourself outdoors with plenty of alfresco spots to lap up the sunshine.

As you’d expect, the hero of Henrietta’s menu is free-range charcoal chicken, infused with Middle Eastern flavours. Grab a whole ($28) or half ($15) charcoal chicken and enjoy a selection of flavourful sides, including house-made hummus ($10), tabbouleh ($10) and fattoush salads ($10).

Plus you’ll also find a vibrant menu of not-so-traditional dishes, including chicken tawook spring rolls ($6), lamb kibbeh san choy bow ($16), beef brisket shawarma tacos ($26) and burnt baba ganoush with miso, pomegranate and herbs ($10).

To accompany your charcoal chicken feast, sip your way through a Middle Eastern-inspired cocktail, glass of vino or one of their classic cocktails. And for those wanting to grab-and-go, head to the Henrietta take-out window with a curated menu of eats and drinks to takeaway.

Find Henrietta at Shop 1, 500 Crown Street Surry Hills, open 11:30 am till late daily (walk-ins only). Find out more here.