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!
Great food with a wide array of flavours; and fast service. The fast service caught us off guard because we ordered both entrees and mains at the same time... Friendly staff and nice atmosphere. We will definitely come back again.
Excellent food and service. As we went after the theater, Menus appeared quickly, efficient ordering of wine, water...all arrived quickly as did the food. Food is very good and servings are of a good size.
I don't want anyone else to know about Zahli! The food is lovely, the service is excellent and it's so quiet for Sunday lunch. Stay that way!
Best Lebanese restaurant in Sydney in my opinion. Food was fresh, flavoursome and the service was outstanding. We've been to a few of the other Lebanese restaurants in Surry Hills but this is the best one of them all.
What a great restaurant! It exceeded expectations - the setting and ambience was great (a huge plus was that the sound suppression - no echoes, no need to shout at people at your table, our conversation continued at normal levels!), the staff were helpful, friendly and the right level of attentiveness and the food was simply superb. All round one of the best eating out experiences we've had in ages. Everyone in our group commented on how great it was. We will certainly be back
The service was absolutely outstanding, the staff were so helpful and friendly. We had a gluten-free person with us and they were so accommodating and gave him veggies to use for the dips, made him special salads etc. We had a great Lebanese rose and the $50 per head a banquet - sooo much food but all really great and fresh. Great value for money!
Delicious food, good service. Only slight problem was that we had to get to the theatre (Belvoir) and had somewhat limited time. Although we had advised this staff about this shortly after arrival, there was still somewhat of a rush to get the bill when we had to leave.
Great decor, very hospitable staff, nice table and great service. It is fairly typical but up market Lebanese fare with a number of seafood options really enjoyed the meal and the Lebanese red that accompanied it. In the words of MacArthur, we will return.
We ordered a selection from the menu and shared so it worked out to be much cheaper than expected. Food was terrific and great staff. Owner even came around and greeted us. Excellent experience and look forward to going back.
Had a lovely evening - wait staff were very friendly and helpful. Even had the owner come out and introduce himself. Food was every bit to be expected - very tasty and good portions. All in all highly recommended.