Being half Lebanese I like to think I have developed a refined palate over the years and in each city I visit I always look for a Lebanese restaurant to eat at. Tahini Lebanese Diner happened to be the closest to my accommodation and also had good reviews on several different websites. I invited a few friends to join me, some who have eaten good Lebanese with me in the past and one who had never eaten Lebanese food before. So a good mix of different palates and food experiences.
We opted for the “Soufra for More”, which is a selection of small dishes from the hot and cold plates on their menu. What a perfect option for both the experienced diner and newbie. You get a choice of two items from their grill menu items and the rest of the dishes are then dictated by the chef. Like I said, I have eaten a lot of Lebanese food in my time, this has to be one of the very best. Sorry to my Lebanese aunties, who do make some of the best home cooked Lebanese food I have every eaten, but WOW – this was very good.
What was special about this experience was the small additions to each dish. The Hummus came with Fig and walnut, incredible. The Tagine, with onions, capsicum and garlic, topped with pine nuts was also very good. The items from the grill menu included chicken, lamb, kafta and prawns, all very soft, smoky and perfectly accompanied the other dips and Fattoush salad. The quantity was on the big side, which I loved but the quality was well above expectation. We also ordered the home made lemonade drink with rose water and pomegranate. Again, something I have never seen before in restaurants I have dined in before, a very nice touch and beautiful drink.
Overall, 5 stars on all levels. Atmosphere was nice, quality fit out, excellent service, good value for money and the most important item – the food was incredible. I would come back to Melbourne just to eat here again. This conclusion was also echoed by my three guests who all felt the same.