Al Aseel: Silence of the Lambs

The first 20 minutes of the meal was enveloped in a mystical silence.

Just focused, fixated grazing by the 4 of us around the table. A beguiling Lebanese spread drawing us in with its lavishness.

Al Aseel was a recommendation from my Lebanese boss for a go-to, fail-safe destination for authentic Lebanese food.

And truth be told, it was fabulous.

 photo IMG_8404_zps66fe0461.jpg

At any Middle-Eastern joint, where I never stray from the Hommus, we had the Hommus with Meat ($16); chickpeas simmered and then blended with tahini. This rendition was very well balanced with a less viscous nature to the mix than I usually observe. The pinenuts and fried minced lamb adding to the pageantry of this humble dish.

Now, let me wax lyrical poetry about the Grilled Haloumi ($15) here, deliciously rich and salty, this semi-riped hard cheese arrives unevenly tanned, its body glistening under a slick of extra virgin olive oil and a drizzle of pomegranate syrup. I fervently sliced my portion to multiple pieces, prolonging my gratification.

 photo IMG_8406_zps4ea01aef.jpg

 photo IMG_8411_zpsf9c0eb80.jpg

Another highly recommended dish is the Lemon Garlic Chicken ($25), grilled chicken breast marinated in some sort of rich yogurt sauce (almost like a Indian Tandoori) and then tossed in a generous amount of special garlic sauce and fresh herbs. This dish was absolutely moreish, the pungency of its flavors combined with the refreshing tang of lemon juice acting as an excellent dipping sauce to the flatbread.

The Lamb Sharwarma ($20) was a bit disappointing, the chunks of Lamb shredded to varying size that only guaranteed the over-cooking of the smaller pieces. Thank goodness for the garlic dip on the side that managed to revive some of the smaller, worn-out shards of meat.

 photo IMG_8416_zpsb1d3ef27.jpg

Located along Missenden Road, Al Aseel is housed in one of those sub-divided cottages just right next to Luxe Bakery in the heart of Newtown. With a sombre ambiance and semi-casual dining atmosphere, Al Aseel entices its guests with a promise of honest Middle Eastern fare with a bang-for-buck presence at the dining table. Definitely an ideal option for this regional cuisine should you not want to travel all the way to Parramatta.

Al Aseel
189 Missenden Road
Newtown, 2042
Phone: 02 9550 3194


Post a Comment


Meet Sihan

Snap Eat Love is Lee Sihan. 27 going on 28, she is a dessert enthusiast, food nomad, wanderer of lands and a pastry chef currently working in Sydney. Fueled by a lifelong addiction to all things sweet, and a burning desire to travel the globe follow her as she embarks on delicious escapades both in and out of the kitchen

Instagram Updates