Tuesday, 23 March 2010

jasmin lebanese restaurant @ civic rd., auburn

On top of the baking, I've also been doing a lot of eating lately. Many of these places have either been on my list of places to try (from reading about them) or have otherwise come highly recommended by close friends. Among the ones recommended by close friends (in this case Mashi - who I'm ever so glad to have met properly for the first time last year at Sugar Hit), is Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant in Auburn. The lovely girl, recently back from her overseas trip, actually brought us here last Friday for a rather eye-opening and enjoyable feast.

To be quite honest, when someone mentions Lebanese food, I automatically think kebabs. By some stretch, I would've at some point said Felafels but that would definitely be the extent of my exposure to Lebanese food. Dinner at Jasmin did produce a plate of felafels but felafels aside, I was really impressed by the range of dishes that were on offer. 

The Mixed Platter - definitely one to order to try a whole cross section of foods on the menu. 

The beef plate.

The chicken plate. In front are a selection of raw vegies that came as part of our meal. The one that looks like a tiny capsicum x chilli is strangely sour in taste (one that I actually find quite hard to describe). Unfortunately, not exactly my cup of tea but do try it the once and let me know what you think!

The lamb skewers.

The food! The meal is served with baskets of bread and assorted sauces/dips (unlimited servings). I was dipping a lot of my food in the garlic sauce and it was just so tasty! We'd ordered 1 dish per person and we actually didn't manage to finish it all - which was a bit of a surprise as we had 3 hungry boys and 2 food blogging girls at the table!

And what should you be ordering if you come here? If you come here, you most definitely have to order the felafels! The felafels look like any other felafel you would've seen but how they make it here, they are crunchy on the outside and ever so soft on the inside, they taste nothing like the felafels you usually would get in a kebab (which tend to be chewy and quite a mouthful). I would come back here just to eat a few more of those felafels!

For a Friday night, the restaurant was actually reasonably quiet. When we first walked in at about 7.30-8pm, we were probably the second table to sit down. People did steadily file in afterwards but nothing too out of control (which was actually quite a nice surprise for a Friday night as most places tend to get quite packed). A most enjoyable dinner in great company. Thanks Mashi!


Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I've heard really good things about their felafels. I have to say that felafel is one of those things that can really differ in quality! :D

A cupcake or two said...

The best thing about Lebanese restaurants are their share plates. I love sharing and tasting every dip on a table. Those skewers look great. Yum yum.

mashi said...

Glad you enjoyed it dear! As always, a pleasure to eat with you and the boys.

I know, how good were those falafels? I religiously order a plate of these babies with a mixed plate no matter how many people are at the table.

Anyways, looking forward to the next foodie outing =)

Belle@Ooh, Look said...

I really must try Lebanese food more often. The range of dishes you had all look fantastic.

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

I always eat way too much garlic sauce when it comes to Lebanese food. I agree with Lorraine about felafels varying everywhere you go but my recommendation is to find a good Lebanese charcoal chicken!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac said...

I have heard nothing but good things about Jasmin. My Lebanese brother-in-law keeps telling we MUST go. Falafels are my favourite!