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Thursday, July 08, 2004

Rowda Ya Habibi, Newtown

Rowda Ya Habibi is no doubt one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Sydney. Excellent value aside, the food here is always freshly cooked, tasty and served in copious quantities. The cushion room upstairs makes it a great venue for relaxed group feeds and the spectacular tapestries draping the wall add to the Middle Eastern atmosphere.

We had the Extra Special banquet for a mere $25 which included baba ghanoush, hummus, ladies fingers, tabouleh, falafel, fried eggplant, chicken skewers, shish kebabs, lamb kebabs and rice with beans. The food was brilliant. The chicken was unbelievably tender and juicy, the lamb was so flavoursome it was almost gamey and the baba ghanoush was smoky and comforting.

I think the food here is better than any Lebanese I've had in Surry Hills. Be sure to grab a container of Turkish Delight on your way out--it's supersweet but stretchy and soft as the homemade stuff should be.

Where do you go for your felafel fix? Include your comment below!

Tapestry wallhanging

Tapestry wallhanging

Baba ghanoush

Falafel with tabouleh

Shish kebab

Chicken skewers with garlic

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Rowda Ya Habibi
101 King Street Newtown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9557 5368

Open 7 days 10.30am - 12 midnight

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posted by Anonymous on 7/08/2004 04:59:00 pm


  • At 8/04/2004 4:30 pm, Blogger Jess (fushmush) said…

    wow! this looks great. Definitely will have to try it. Especially as it's right down the road.

  • At 5/12/2005 11:11 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I went last year, and while the food was tasty, what made it for us was the cosy factor and the atmosphere. We had a cushion room, there were about 15 of us, and the belly-dancer was a great sport and didnt mind rowdy diners swaying next to her! My tip - get a group and go upstairs to the cushion room

  • At 1/02/2007 10:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    best sydney falafel i've tried is Yummba in Bondi Junction Westfields Food Court (as mentioned by professor) and Alison Lebanese Restaurant (169 Alison Rd Randwick, don't be fooled by low key looks). both cooked freshly. other than that ultimate was a very popular locals stall in Damascus, Syria which were devine. S :-)

  • At 3/01/2008 9:38 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    The babaganoush from here is amazing. I go there every week, eat in, and then take a container of babaganoush with me. Try the shawarma too. Oh God this place is to die for. I'm craving it right now and I only went there last night.

  • At 3/02/2008 4:22 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Joe - lol. That's always a good sign of a great feed. I think you're giving me cravings too :)


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