Almond Bar – Dinner – Darlinghurst
I’ve been wanting to go to this place for quite a while now.
I actually tried not too long ago to get in but was pipped at the last second and ended up at a crap place instead.
But I booked two weeks in advance and got a table for 2 hours for 3 people.
This is a very nice little place, it is small, but feels very cosy and welcoming. It is a Syrian restaurant run by 2 sisters and it’s always very busy.
We come in and the tables are all ready for people, each table has a set of almonds to nibble on once you are seated.
Btw, if you’re there, pay attention to the watering jugs as they pour you a drink – it’s deceptively fascinating watching the water pour out – so fascinating that I was too distracted to take a photo. :(
I was a bit parched so I took a gander at their drinks menu and decided I’d be going for the cocktails tonight :D
This was actually, very delightful, it was refreshing and the rosewater was a wonder – the smell & the taste = yum
This had a very interesting taste – it wasn’t as bitter as I find other teas. The straw actually has a filter on the end, so no worries about accidentally drinking up all your herbs/leaves.
First up the trio of dips (you select 3 from the various ones available):
I actually wanted to try the kibbeh nayeh (raw minced lamb, burghul & spices) but that is only available on the weekends :(
Oh well, I guess I’ll have to come back on a weekend to try it. :D
The dips also came with things to dip with:
These were all so yummy. To eat the za’atar, dip your pita bread into the olive oil to moisten, then dip into za’atar – the moist bread will pick up the dry spices. My dining companion actually dipped his bread into the other dips & used the moisture from that to dip into the za’atar – he said it still tasted good. :)
Frangelico, vodka, white creme de cacao & a sweet homemade syrup.
This some pretty awesome garlic bread, it was somehow soft on the top & crunchy on the bottom with a lovely garlic flavour.
This was really good, the cheese reminded me a bit of haloumi/feta cheese – the salad was very nice with a lovely dressing.
I like the cocktails here – they do them well – this one wasn’t mine though, a dining companion decided to join in the cocktail fun. Orange pieces, vodka, cinnamon liqueur & Cointreau.
layers of spiced up rice, eggplant & pieces of chicken topped with a fantastic homemade yoghurt & topped with nuts – this was my fave dish of the night – the yoghurt was wonderful. But now it’s time for dessert after another drink though :D
In the tv show scrubs, JD always gets an appletini so I thought I’d try one with dessert – it is very fruity and doesn’t taste like alcohol – vodka & apple schnapps with apple juice.
This was the more “savoury” start to our desserts. Buffalo milk cheese inside a pancake drizzled with sugar syrup & dusted with nuts. Mmm…
They’re normally smaller & called lady fingers but I can see why they called these arms. This was intensely sweet – to the dislike of one of my dining companions but the pastry was crisp and I thought the ricotta inside offset the intense sweetness.
And finally, the showcase dessert:
This was wonderful – it tasted a bit like musk sticks but in ice cream form. Definitely my favourite dessert.
The good – everything – service was great, cocktails great and food awesome.
The mediocre – umm… can’t really think of anything, the table was a bit narrow? Clutching at straws here.
The bad – nothing to see here
379 Liverpool St Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9380 5318 (Bookings highly recommended)