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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe

Eating out for breakfast doesn't have to be expensive. I followed up a tip from Grab Your Fork reader Yvette and headed to Hijazi's in Arncliffe for this month's Time Out Sydney column. You could eat yourself into a stupor here and find yourself only paying about $10 for the privilege.

Hijazi's, Arncliffe

A Lebanese takeaway and restaurant that is famous for its crunchy falafel and traditional Lebanese breakfasts.

Fresh labneh yoghurt $5

Bright, airy and newly renovated, Hijazi’s Falafel hums with activity in the otherwise sleepy suburb of Arncliffe.

Spicy shish with eggs $10

You haven’t had breakfast until you’ve feasted Lebanese-style. Spicy shish with eggs ($10) is a local take on sausages with scrambled eggs. Dig into a plate of smooth hummus chickpea dip served with pan-fried lamb mince ($10).

Hummus chickpea dip with pan-fried lamb mince $10

Spicy sausage $6

Fatteh $7
Chick peas in natural yoghurt with toasted pinenuts

The best stuff, though, is all vegetarian. Fatteh ($7) is a blissful combination of creamy chickpeas in natural yoghurt with toasted pinenuts. Use the complimentary Lebanese bread to scoop up generous mouthfuls of foul cooked fava beans ($5), msabha hummus with whole chickpeas ($6) and fresh labneh yoghurt ($5).

Foul cooked fava beans $5

A salad plate is also provided free for every table, a bounty of raw radish, tomato, cucumber, mint, rocket leaves, capsicum and pickled turnip. Wash it all down with a glass of freshly squeezed pineapple juice with mint ($3 glass/ $6 jug).

Complimentary salad plate

You’ll find cutlery on the side table, but most locals eat with their fingers. Tear off a triangle of Lebanese bread and fold it into a shovel shape to make your very own edible spoon/eating trowel. Place small pieces of bread over meat and eggs and pick up what you can, transferring everything into your mouth for a makeshift sandwich.

Msabha hummus with whole chickpeas ($6)

If you miss out on breakfast (served until 12.30pm each day), crunch your way through Hijazi’s famous falafel. A dozen of these crispy chickpea pucks with salad will set you back a mere $6. Or opt for the falafel roll ($3) in Lebanese bread.

All your favourite vegetables come deep-fried, such as cauilfower florets ($4), eggplant ($4) and potatoes ($4), seasoned with garlic, chilli and coriander. Moujadeera ($5) is a rice, lentil and onion pilaf that is a popular, homestyle comfort food, and we can back that claim with some very full stomachs. The usual kebabs rolls in beef, lamb or chicken ($5) are here, as well as grilled meat plates (from $9) and babaganouj eggplant dip ($5/$8).

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Hijazi’s Falafel
53 Wollongong Road, Arncliffe
Tel: 02 9599 0726
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30am-8.30pm

This article appears in the December 2010 issue of Time Out Sydney in the Food & Drink section. Read online

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Sea Sweet, Parramatta (Lebanese sweet kashta cheese burger)
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe (Filipino pork hock crackling)
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta (Vietnamese sugar cane prawns)
17 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/07/2010 12:46:00 am


  • At 12/07/2010 1:35 am, Anonymous KFC So Good said…

    this looks soooo delish! What a breakie for champions! love it. I must however protest that....where is the picture for the crunchy falafel? Keep scrolling down, drooling over ever dish, anticipating the falafel pictures... and bang, google map.

    you left me wanting more. must try to get to arncliffe as soon as possible :)

  • At 12/07/2010 7:18 am, Blogger Gourmet Getaway said…

    Yum!! I love Lebanese food, and I can't believe how cheap it is, everything looks amazing!!!

    I could so do the Shish Eggs and sausage for breaky right now and the labneh looks delicious.

    Thank you for sharing :) Oh and I agree the best lebanese are the vegetarian dishes.

  • At 12/07/2010 8:07 am, Blogger joey@forkingaroundsydney said…

    Wow, I live not far from there and I never knew this place was so good, and cheap! Thanks for the post and to Yvette for the tip. :-)

  • At 12/07/2010 9:09 am, Blogger Gianna@TheEmptyFridge said…

    MMmm.. Labneh is my kind of breakfast yoghurt :)

    Was drooling over this when I Got my copy of time out - I always Look forward to your monthly finds! Such great value too, some places charge a small mortgage for a simple brekky these days!

  • At 12/07/2010 9:09 am, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    sounds great although i too was looking for the photo of the falafels :-( i'll have to add to my wishlist :-)

  • At 12/07/2010 9:47 am, Anonymous Iceman said…

    I always try to go out of my way to get a falafel roll from here!

  • At 12/07/2010 10:21 am, Anonymous Deep Fat Fryer said…

    I was looking for the falafels too. Anyway, that egg and sausage makes me want to fly to Aussie land.

  • At 12/07/2010 10:32 am, Anonymous Howard said…

    This looks bloody amazing. Love the side salad as well, sides make the dish imo!

  • At 12/07/2010 10:32 am, Blogger Helen said…

    I'm glad you were able to pay them a visit! Will have to try their brekkie...it looks very yum!!! I think a trip down the road is in order...

  • At 12/07/2010 10:34 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Like most commenters, I feel so visually deprived of falafel :P

    Everything else looks delish! Those sausages are love, omnomnom..

  • At 12/07/2010 11:11 am, Blogger Mel said…

    Twelve falafel for $6! This must be the biggest food bargain in Sydney. I love Lebanese food...everything looks so good. I love the addition of fresh radish to the side dish...not something that I've come across before (I LOVE radish). Yum!!!!

  • At 12/07/2010 11:52 am, Anonymous Sara @ Belly Rumbles said…

    So close to home and yet I haven't been there, bad me. Looks great is yet another restaurant on my hit list.

  • At 12/07/2010 2:08 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Oh, the Fatteh and Msabha look amazing! As does the lamb mince on hummus.

    Wait. I seem to have a chickpea thing going on right now... ah well. Might as well run with it! :D

  • At 12/07/2010 7:03 pm, Anonymous A said…

    looks great!
    you have to use your hands when eating lebanese food :)

  • At 12/07/2010 7:05 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    I have been obsessed with Lebanese food ever since my visit to Beirut this year - that labneh looks great and the shish eggs!

  • At 12/13/2010 12:59 pm, Blogger susan said…

    That looks like my kind of breakfast! I used to live right near there too, wish I had known about the place :(

  • At 2/25/2011 5:25 pm, Anonymous Nobal Glomad said…

    Went for lunch today as your rather fine shots had me in the car. The standard has dropped more than a few notches. Too much soggy soaked oil-drench and dried out vine leaf rolls, a plate of guinea pig rejectable salad and just ok hummus. I hate to whinge but keeping it real. Such a shame as Lebanese food is so good when fresh.


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