04 November 2010
Rowda Ya Habibi ~ Lebanese - Newtown
Rowda Ya Habibi is a low key gem of a Lebanese joint in Newtown.
I've been walking past Rowda Ya Habibi for fifteen years and never stepped inside. I have no idea why, it looks right up my alley: it's low rent, family run, and aging. I guess I thought it was just another average kebab joint.
And for the last few months I've walked past Rowda Ya Habibi every single day as I pick up Miss Chicken from school, and every day I drooled at the Lebanese date slice on the counter, but I never stepped inside, the thought just never entered my empty head. Then I read Miss Piggy's great Rowda Ya Habibi post and a cartoon lightbulb appeared above my head. Ding!
Ever since I've been obsessed with the place, I've dropped in for sweeties a couple of times and chatted with boss lady. I can't believe I've had this gem on my doorstep all this time..
Tonight we drop in for a "too lazy to cook but need something healthy" type dinner. The lady that runs the place is just wonderful, an instant favourite auntie. She tells us Rowda Ya Habibi has been running for thirty three years, and she hasn't had a night off in eleven years, not one. A conga line of regulars pour in while we eat, they just love the boss lady to bits, there's hugs and kisses, "how's the kids?" and even medical advice.
As Missy Piggy pointed out, Rowda Ya Habibi is a great alternative to Sababa, which is also great but a bit corporate these days, Rowda Ya Habibi is much more "Newtown", if there is such a thing.
Takeway menu - $5.50 for vegetarian rolls and $6.50 for meat rolls, great value.
Snackies, sweeties and meat master.
Cauliflower Roll - $5.50. Packed with veggies plus hommous and chili. It's rare to find takeway food that's cheap AND healthy AND freaking delicious.
Vine leaf rolls.
I'll be back for those green beans...
Kebbe - mince and burga wheat. Drool.
Lady fingers - Lebanese sausage rolls.
Lady finger innards.
The sweeties here are fantastic. I've been popping in a lot for the date slice - $2.50.
Kofte roll - meat and three veg. And bread.
Rowday Ya-Habibi is at 101 King Street, Newtown. We stuck to the takeaway type options but they also do full menu dining.
Awning party on King Street Newtown. I got a wave but not an invite...
Heaven is a warm car bonnett... Sorry, we just can't help the pussycat photos...