Cubby’s Kitchen – Surry Hills’ New Lebanese Pop-Up Restaurant

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You might not guess it from the name but Cubby’s Kitchen is the latest Lebanese pop-up restaurant by Matt Yazbek (Toko, Toko Melbourne and more). Yazbek has dropped the Japanese theme for this project and decided to serve a cuisine close to his family’s heart. In fact, he has teamed up with his sisters, brother and mum (Cubby) to give you a taste of authentic Lebanese family recipes, albeit with a modern twist.

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As a pop-up with casual vibes, the Middle-Eastern menu is small but sufficient. The menu is designed with the idea of sharing classics such as falafel kebabs, lamb kafta and smoked labne (yogurt). The drinks menu is also small but doesn’t that just make decision-making easier? Sip on popular cocktails including Aperol spritzes or perhaps try an Almaza, a fine brew from Lebanon. Those looking for non-alcoholic options can still grab a taste of authenticity with a pot of Lebanese coffee or a cinnamon tea.

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If you’re after homely Lebanese cuisine with a twist, make sure to pop into this new hotspot. Alternatively, if you’ve never tried Lebanese food before, Cubby’s Kitchen would be a great way to ease into things by tasting a bit of everything!

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hummus chilli edamame, chilli oil  9

We started with the creamy hummus with a twist. The chilli oil added a delightful heat, while the edamame brought a nice change on consistency with it’s natural crunch.

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ladies fingers flinders island lamb, pine nuts, onion, toma-toum 11

These meaty cigars were absolutely divine. The lamb was tender and smoky, encased in a crispy golden casing.

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fatoush cubby’s way 11

This was interesting. Fatoush made table side. Dinner and a show!

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The crispy dome is hacked away in front of your eyes into bite sized chunks that get mixed into the fresh green salad. A really nice side for the dishes to come.

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salmon-nayyeh burghul, mint, lebanese spices, truffle oil 16.9

A twist on the kibbeh nayyeh, the finely chopped salmon was fresh tasting and sublime. Mixed with exotic middle eastern spices and scooped up with crispy fried leb bread, this was a gift to eat.

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chicken shish shallots, garlic lemon dressing 13

Deliciously tender chicken that was juicy and full of garlic lemony flavour. The way it’s cooked give the chicken a nice charred flavour. These delicious chunks slide right off the skewers and were perfect to wrap up in the provided pieces of leb bread and garlic dip.

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knafeh kataifi, clotted cream, rose syrup 11

Finally we ended on a sweet note with an array of desserts, our favourite being the knafeh with its crispy top layer and sweet creamy centre. The aromatic rose syrup tops it all off on a sweet floral note.

If you’re after homely Lebanese cuisine with a twist, make sure to pop into this new hotspot. Alternatively, if you’ve never tried Lebanese food before, Cubby’s Kitchen would be a great way to ease into things by tasting a bit of everything!

Cubby’s Kitchen

500 Crown Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest

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