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.
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.
Small lively cafe serving excellent Lebanese cuisine with a modern light touch. Delightful rear courtyard, obliging and swift service - and fantastic value for money. What more could you want?
Delicious and well cooked food, wonderful location, lovely Lebanese songs, nice and friendly staff. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to try authentic Lebanese food.
Food was tasty and came out quickly! Particularly enjoyed the chicken platter and haloumi and vegetables. Felt a little rushed to pay and leave following our meal despite many others still dining and plenty of free tables.