For a unique dining experience in Sydney's Newtown, head on over to Old City Kitchen on Missenden Road. Inspired by the ancient region of Levantine, Old City Kitchen brings together influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, crafting dishes from rediscovered old dishes and serving them up in a traditional setting with stunning Old World decor that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time. Begin your meal by sharing some mezze like the falafel,sambousek meat and baba ganouj, before moving on to mouthwatering mains like the succulent shawarma, juicy chicken lemon garlic and the samke harrah (pan-fried barramundi marinated in chilli and spices, served with capsicum, lemon, coriander, pine nuts, shallots, and fresh tomatoes with tahini and a side of rice).
We had a very enjoyable meal at Old City Kitchen and Bar. Arrived just in time to take advantage of the Happy Hour drinks, the waitstaff were very helpful with their menu suggestions, but most importantly the food was delicious! Everything we choose was fantastic (dips, eggplant, haloumi (made in house and sooo creamy), slow cooked lamb, zucchini flowers, potatoes, old city prawns). Servings were very generous. We will definitely be going back soon.
We were seated in the more bar area for dinner which had incredibly loud patrons and incredibly loud music that was controlled by those patrons. Food was generally good, though some of it was cold on the inside when it was straight from the kitchen and we had to ask for enough pieces for each person when we ordered a banquet for 6 people. The staff, however, were very obliging and personable, always happy to help!
A nice environment and friendly staff, but I expected more from the food. We had some dips and fetta balls which were tasty, but the fattoush salad that I was really looking forward to was absolutely drowned in a balsamic dressing so that everything was limp and super acidic, and the zaatar chicken was quite dry. We might go back for a drink, but wouldn't rush to eat there again.