On arrival however, it quickly becomes apparent why numbers are such a delicate issue with the majority of diners seated on a 20ft communal table that almost runs the length of the room. It’s elbow room only when seated on the wooden benches and mind your back whenever a waiter walks past behind you. With the tiny venue packed to the rafters and no insulation, the clanging of cutlery, clinking of wine glasses, non-stop chatter of conversation and sporadic roars of laughter bounce unrelentingly throughout the night.
Thankfully though, the food is prompt and generous in its delivery. Our group opted for the $27 meat banquet which offered a seemingly-neverending array of Lebanese specialties. Particular standouts included the falafel which was fresh and crisp, and the Ladies Fingers which were moist and light—and likened to a sausage roll by some members of our party!
We concluded our meal with traditional Lebanese cardamon coffee which wasn’t as strong as I expected, and pannacotta which offered pleasingly clean closure to a gluttonous meal. The orange flower tea had an intoxicating citrus aroma and appeared similarly palate-cleansing.
Emma’s on Liberty offers good food at good prices although the crowd and constant din negates any attempts to have any meaningful conversation. For Lebanese in Newtown though, I'd probably still stick with Rowda Ya Habibi.
Elbow room only, on just another Friday night
Baba Ganouge - eggplant roasted on an open fire with tahini, garlic and spices
Falafel - spicy beans, herbs and spices, deep fried until golden
Tabouli - freshly chopped parsley with tomato, shallots and fresh spices
Fatouche - traditional peasant salad mixed with toasted lebanese bread
Ladies fingers - filo pastries filled with sauteed lamb, pinenuts and yoghurt, oven baked till golden
Potatoes - fried and tossed with garlic and fresh coriander
Chicken skewers - marinated in garlic and coriander and grilled
Shish kebab - lamb, onion and capsicum marinated in spices and grilled
Pannacotta with sesame seed wafer
Orange flower tea
Emma's on Liberty
59 Liberty Street, Enmore
Tel: 02 9550 3458
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