A stone’s throw from Sydney’s CBD, Almustafa Lebanese Restaurant on Glebe Point Road will impress you with authentic Lebanese food that doesn’t require a passport.
From the moment you enter Almustafa the deep red and ivory décor complete with dim lighting and bazaar-like ceiling drapery welcomes you to your traditional dining experience.
The beautifully decorated downstairs dining area.
They boast an overwhelming menu – both à la carte and set – with something to delight everyone’s taste buds. When ordering off the à la carte menu there is so much to choose from; dips, salads, chicken dishes, lamb dishes, seafood dishes and specialty dishes. The best way to enjoy Lebanese food is to order a few different dishes to share, that way you get to try as much as possible.
The fatouche salad ($15) is a particular favourite; comprised of tomatoes, cucumber, shallots, radish, parsley, onion, capsicum and mint with crunchy Lebanese bread throughout. The whole thing is topped with a tangy lemon dressing.
The flavourful fatouche salad.
Pair the salad with a few different meat dishes such as; kafta ($18 for three) - minced lamb with parsley and herbs which is flame grilled to perfection, or the fried kebeh ($18 for four pieces); lamb and crushed wheat grenade shaped balls filled with lamb, pine-nuts and onion and lightly shallow fried.
Flame grilled kafta topped with tomato and onions with fatouche and Lebanese bread.
For the adventurous types try the kebeh neyeh ($20) which is essentially raw minced lamb with crushed wheat, herbs and chilli. Usually the idea of raw anything would have most people cringing, but this is surprisingly tasty, especially when eaten with Lebanese bread.
If you just can't deal with the thought of raw meat try the chicken shawarma ($18), a dish of succulent thigh and breast fillet pieces marinated in herbs and spices, grilled with olive oil and served with a side of creamy garlic sauce.
The chicken shawarma with creamy garlic sauce, white rice and fatouche.
Each dish was cooked to perfection with fresh ingredients and just the right amount of herbs and spices to set your palate a light with flavour.
However, Almustafa doesn’t just wow you with their impressive food - to provide diners with an authentically Lebanese experience they also have belly dancers performing every Friday and Saturday night. If you are planning a dinner party or an event you can also book Almustafa's cushion lounge. The cushion lounge is ideal for functions, hens and/or bucks nights and birthday parties and comes complete with a separate cushion lounge set menu, uplifting Arabic music and a belly dancer.
Almustafa manages to provide their customers with an authentically unique dining experience which teams perfectly with their delicious traditional Lebanese food.
Where: 23 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037
Cost: When ordering from the à la carte menu roughly $25-$40 per person. Banquets from $42 - $55 per person.
When: Open Sunday - Thursday from 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Friday and Saturday from 12pm - midnight.
Good for kids: Yes.
Take away: Yes.