Middle Eastern cuisine is only growing in popularity in Sydney. In Darlinghurst, Zaida is championing Lebanese food for the city’s hungry foodies. A relaxed place that lets the food do the talking, this Crown Street gem offers an unfussy take on well-loved classics.
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Great value and great flavours. Also allowed us to tweak the order slightly due to a taste preference which was appreciated.
Dips were beautiful. Unfortunately the mixed grills and kebabs were over cooked and dry. Luckily the dips saved the food. New team need to be trained. I was greeted by how long we had in the restaurant. Rather than "please see the menu, would you like drinks. Unfortunately due to covid" which Is a horrible blow to the industry. 2 years ago this place was amazing. Which was the reason I brought my family.
Great food and great service. We really enjoyed our evening
The first order of business at Zaida kicks off at lunch time. The team specialise in sandwiches, Lebanese-style at this time of the day. Made fresh to order, Darlinghurst diners are treated to a masterclass in Middle Eastern flavours: tabouli, kofta, hummus, tzatziki, olives and tahini. Diners at Crown Street’s Zaida head over for the lunchtime rush for a taste of Jounieh in Sydney. Of course, if you’re one of the city’s carb-deniers, the salad menu brings the same tantalising Middle Eastern flavours to lunchtime fans without the pesky starch.
Once dinner time rolls around, Zaida is transformed. The brisk lunch time trade gives way to a lounge-feel, where diners are seated in a laidback dining room and presented with a menu that offers a tapas-approach to Lebanese dining and hence, the opportunity to stop and nibble one’s way across the menu. This, coupled with the BYO option (the Crown Street restaurant is also fully licensed) and the generous selection of shisha on offer mean that once guests descend on this Darlinghurst favourite, they’re there for the evening.