From boozy brunches to banquet dinners, book your spot at the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Sydney.
Every so often we notice a trend in Sydney’s dining scene. Sometimes it’s fleeting, but other times it sticks. And this is one guide that falls into the first category. Over the past few months, we’ve seen stacks of new venue openings championing the best of Middle Eastern eats. So, we thought we’d give you a handy guide to the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Sydney.
A list of Sydney’s best Middle Eastern restaurants wouldn’t be complete without the expansive restaurant and bar Babylon, located on Westfield Sydney’s coveted rooftop. This restaurant boasts two large bars, a wood-fired kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating, a large outdoor terrace, plus multiple private and semi-private dining spaces. As for the menu, expect dishes inspired by the flavourful Levantine cuisine of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. Find out more here.
Henrietta is the new Middle Eastern-inspired charcoal chicken eatery landing in the heart of Surry Hills. Swinging open its doors in July 2020, 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. Find out more here.
Say hello the Jimmy’s Falafel, Merivale’s new Middle Eastern eatery, bar and takeout joint now open on George Street. This spot is one of the latest openings for the group as part of Justin Hemme’s reinvigoration of the Sydney CBD. Jimmy’s Falafel will be rubbing shoulders with some well known CBD spots, including the oh-so-popular Bar Totti’s, Bar Topa on Palinings Lane as well as Little Felix, Felix and Ash St. Cellar on Ash Street. Find out more here.
The sister venue to the nearby daytime eatery Kepos Street Kitchen, Kepos & Co is the award-winning Middle Eastern restaurant open for dinner 5 nights per week. With a share-style menu curated by chef Michael Rantissi, expect wood-fired dishes with a strong emphasis on seasonal veggies and salads. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Kepos & Co is a local favourite and one of Sydney’s best kept dining secrets. Find out more here.
Looking for a Middle Eastern menu that doesn’t play by the rules? Head to Surry Hills’ Nour restaurant to find just that. This Lebanese-inspired menu takes classic dishes and reinvents them a creative touch, delivering an unresticted approach to food and cocktails that’s vibrant, bold and oh-so-delicious. Find out more here.
Bringing to flavours and energy of Istanbul to the streets of the inner west, Stanbuli is undeniably one of Sydney’s best Middle Eastern restaurants. With a vibrant, share-style menu that celebrates the best of Turkish foods, expect seasonal dishes of vegetables, seafood as well as meats cooked over woodfire and charcoal. Find out more here.
Located just a quick stroll from the harbour, Tayim is one of Sydney’s best Middle Eastern restaurants. With a menu that champions sustainable Australian produce, Head Chef Ran Kimelfeld has crafted a menu of bold, exotic share plates that celebrate the best of Middle Eastern cuisine. Find out more here.
You can’t go wrong with a plate of succulent wood-fired chicken along with refreshing plates of fattoush, hummus and pita. Luckily, you can find it all at Glebe’s beloved Middle Eastern restaurant, Thievery. Find out more here.