Shaking up Sydney’s Middle Eastern dining scene, Zahli is a name that stands out from the rest. Located on Elizabeth Street, only a short walk from Central station, Zahli is a modern take on the Middle Eastern restaurant, giving traditional dishes a new lease of life by serving them up in a stylish and contemporary setting in Surry Hills. Open every day of the week, no matter if it's for a casual lunch or a sophisticated evening meal, Zahli is the ideal setting – book ahead to guarantee a table.
Named after Lebanon’s famous dining precinct nestled on the banks the Bardouni River, Zahli combines modern aesthetics with traditional Middle Eastern touches, creating a space that is both casual and stylish with a marble bar, concrete walls and industrial-chic detailing. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to catch up with friends over some meze and cocktails, to impress someone special on a romantic date, for a casual lunch or to celebrate a special occasion in Surry Hills, Sydney’s Zahli provides the perfect backdrop. Start off by sharing some meze like the fried kibbeh, falafel and stuffed vine leaves before moving on to the main affair.
From market-fresh seafood like the grilled octopus and samki harra (seared barramundi fillet topped with roasted mixed nuts, spices and tahini sauce), to mouth-watering meats like the mansaf lamb (seasoned rice pilaf with minced meat, topped with slow-cooked lamb and roasted nuts, all served with cucumber yoghurt) and chicken shawarma, the menu takes traditional Lebanese recipes and gives them a contemporary twist. Vegetarians will be spoiled for choice too, with dishes like the mjadra (lentil & rice pilaf topped with caramelized onion and served with a side of salad) and the vegetarian sharing banquet. After your meal, unwind with a handcrafted cocktail or two form Zahli’s selection of classics. Located on Elizabeth Street, Zahli attracts guests from all over Sydney to its Surry Hills location – find out what the fuss is about and book a table now!
Very good food. Wonderful skewers, fried cauliflower, sautéed beans, coriander potatoes and fresh bread. We didn’t take The dip that was recommended as we felt at $15 was a little overpriced. Great service.
Wonderful food. Good wine list. Excellent place for a quick pre theatre dinner or a long slow evening. We loved it and will be going again.
Really amazing food, I highly recommend the banquet options as they have a bit of everything on them. The wine is a bit expensive but they have great service at Zahli