Multiple strands of the rich, complex and ancient traditions of Arabic cuisine come together at Sydney’s Zaitoune Mezza & Grill, a family-owned restaurant in Putney whose roots are in Syria, Lebanon and Greece. The magic in the kitchen is not really magic at all – rather it is the result of generations of homemade recipes, big family feasts, and a shared passion for mouthwatering Middle Eastern food. Eminently social, no visit to Zaitoune’s Morrison Road restaurant would be complete without a couple of sharing mezze to start your meal off with – if you’re dining as a group of four or more go for the lavish Zaitoune one metre-long mezza, loaded with shish tawook, lamb, kofta, toume, dips like hummus, babaganoush, tzatziki, veggie delights like falafel, kibbeh, sambousek, tabouli, fatoush, pickles and olives. Looking for an express meal? Zaitoune’s wraps are just the ticket, packed with healthy salads and traditional grilled goodness, both meaty and vegetarian.
Good food, friendly staff, cozy environment... very impressive with the presentation of the 1-meter Mezza board. I've already arranged to go there again with my friends :)
Great buzzy ambience on Saturday night. Efficient, friendly, helpful service, and above all fabulous food. A metre long platter of deliciousness! So much fun, so “ate too much”!
Great restaurant, lots of space for that next B'day Party or Christening Celebration. Food is just so much yum! Bookings essential to avoid disappointment. 2 thumbs up!
Great food and service. Good location and plenty of parking.. The staff were friendly and the selection was extensive. My wife and i really enjoyed the meal.
Excellent food. Had the 1m share board and everything was delicious. They happily and easily catered for my friend with gluten free options. Not cheap at $46/head but there was much more food than we needed, made for good lunch the next day. If I went again I'd get the same thing but order for half the people. Corkage $5/head is on the high side too. Authentic food, great hospitality from the Syrian and Lebanese families who run the restaurant.
The food has been consistently good, even if the menu is relatively restricted- or maybe because of that. The dips are great, the chicken dishes tender and moist,the kebabs tasty. The service on my last trip was underwhelming. The bread was forgotten until reminded, a double dish of potato was sent without us asking, it was difficult to catch a waiter to ask for something extra, they were busy and appeared disinterested in our other large table. It has been better previously. So food was god, service not so good on this occasion.
Ambience is great. The full board banquet value for your money, there was 5 of us. Only exception, it included dessert, I thought, presentation could be better. Oh & one other thing, the bread came out a little after we started eating. It was not warm either. Maybe made fresh onsite can be a consideration.
Great place and food looked very impressive to my colleagues, who were visiting for the first time! Food was delicious and generous. The vegetarian mezze was fantastic and have convinced my carnivore husband that it's worth trying! So fingers crossed he'll say yes next time we go!
Lovely venue, beautiful food and very accommodating staff! We had a wonderful time and will be back! I definitely recommend this restaurant if you are after a chilled atmosphere and very tasty middle eastern cuisine!
The whole evening was excellent. The food was terrific, the staff were just lovely and the ambience was perfect for a dinner night out with friends. Definitely going back... :)