20 February 2011
Hijazi's Falafel ~ Lebanese - Arncliffe
Lebanese for breakfast and dinner at Hijazi's Falafel in Arncliffe. If only we'd had time for lunch too.
We're a bit obsessed with Arncliffe at the moment. The Lebanese food is so good and it's such a pleasant suburb to visit. This time we hit Hijazi's Felafel on Wollongong Road for breakfast. We're so impressed we return for dinner a few hours later.
Hummus with meat - $10. This is the sucker I came for. The fresh tartness of the hummus cuts the mildly spiced meat perfectly. Scoop it up with the fresh Lebanese bread provided, try and resist the urge to lick the plate. I've never been a bacon'n'eggs kind of guy, give me Lebanese for breakfast anyday.
Spicy sish with eggs - $10. Spicy meat with fried/scrambled eggs. It is perfectly cooked, only a hint of grease is on the plate when we are done. A hint of chili in the meat, and wonderful scooped up with the bread and a few leaves of mint.
Complimentary side salad, a mix of fresh and pickled vegetables. Alison is a big fan of the pink turnips, there wasn't a single piece left.
Fresh Lebanese bread served in a basket. Use this to scoop up your breakfast or to act as an impromptu plate.
Super sweet rosewater drink and Ayran drinking yoghurt, $2 each, cheap.
We're back later for dinner. Sitting outside Hijazi's Felafel on summer night is bliss. It's on a fairly quiet, tree lined street with a warm sense of community, so very relaxing. Half of Arncliffe were in the park up the street, the other half wandered past to yell out a hello to the shopowners.
Mixed plate -about $12. Three skewers, one of chicken, beef and kofta type of minced meat number with griiled vegetables and the salad below. The grilled mushrooms and hot peppers were smoky and delightful.
Side plate for the mix grill includes hummous and baba ganoush with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh tabbouli and a simple green salad of grape tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
This 'Lebanese Cocktail' is incredible: it is packed with fruit including apple, paw paw, banana, kiwi and watermelon, has a schlozzle of yoghurt, and topped with more yoghurt, walnuts and pine nuts. It is sweetened with a strong, woody flavoured honey, it reminded me of Tasmanian leatherwood honey, I noticed jars of Mudgee Honey on the counter.
It is worth the trip here to try this drink alone... There's a whole counter dedicated to making drinks, we'll be back for more.
Felafels - about $6. These were incredible, a light delicate crispy crunchy coating, light and fluffy on the inside. These are the best felafels we've ever had and we're up for the challenge to defend that claim! The garlic dip added a great tangy zip.
Hajizi's Felafel is at 53 Wollongong Road, Arncliffe. Phone 02 9599 0726. Open 7.30am to 8.30pm. Closed Mondays.
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