Tarboosh is a Lebanese Restaurant that has recently opened up in Balmain, a second store after the success of the first one in Crows Nest. It serves hearty and authentic Lebanese cuisine and we came here to dine one weekend for lunch in a big group of friends.
To start we had flat bread with a trio of dips.The first was Hummus with pine nuts; A Puree Of Chick Peas Blended with Tahini, Lemon Juice, and Pine Nuts. I loved this, it was delicious and healthy and the nuts added good flavour. The second was the Baba ganoosh; Smoky Chargrilled Eggplant Blended with Tahini and Lemon Juice. I loved the lemon juice here, which added a nice zesty flavour. The third was my favourite, Labne: fresh home made yoghurt. It was simple but perfect and went well with the meats later on as well.
Next we tried some salads, the first was the Tabouli: Parsley, tomato, shallot, crushed wheat tossed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. I loved this dish, it was simple and healthy.
The second was the Fattoush; Cabbage, Tomato, Cucumber, Radish, Shallots, Capsicum, Fresh Mint, Parsley with Pomegranate and Lemon Dressing, and Crispy Lebanese Bread. This was another great salad, the ingredients combined together well to create a simple but fresh dish that worked well with the meats.
Next we ordered the Diced Fried Potato Mixed with Fresh Coriander, Garlic, and Lemon Juice. I dont like coriander or spice so was not a huge fan of this but lovers of both tell me it was great.
Next we tried an entree platter that had a few items. The first was the Falafel: Deep-fried chickpea croquettes mixed with special herbs and spices served with tahini sauce. This was delicious, the chickpea was cooked well. The second was the Kebbe: Deep-fried kebbe filled with spicy minced meat, I loved this one too, the lamb was well marinated.
The third was my favourite, the Cheese cigars: Homemade pastry filled with mixed cheeses and parsley. The cheese was nice and rich and the cigars were crispy, the perfect combination.
Next we ordered the Mixed grill with Marinated BBQ Chicken Breast, Lamb Skewer, and a Kafta (Mixed with Parsley, Herbs and Onion) Premium Skewer for our main. These meats were well cooked and of the highest quality, I loved the kafta as the herbs added good flavour.
For dessert we tried their home made Baklava and pistachio cake. I loved how crispy the pastry was and the filling had good nutty flavour. Definitely my favourite!
Overall, Tarboosh is a must try for anyone who wants authentic Lebanese cuisine, there are lots of dishes to choose from on the menu and everything is well cooked. Definitely a great addition to the vibrant Balmain food scene!
Love At First Bite dined as guests of Rojo Consulting and Tarboosh. All opinions are my own.