Inspired by her Lebanese heritage and encouraged by her family and friends, Abla Amad opened her eponymous restaurant in 1979.
As you enter this charming converted terrace, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had walked into someone’s home. The decor is classic and simple; tables are dressed with white tablecloths, and the carpeted floor gives the venue an intimate feel.
The menu offers a traditional selection of Lebanese dishes, which are a reflection of recipes handed down through the generations. Start with a selection of house-made dips from smooth labna to smoky baba ganoush and partner these with some crisp pita bread. From the entrees, the ladies’ fingers are crispy rolled cigars of filo pastry filled with delicately spiced minced lamb and pine nuts. Vegetarians are well catered for, with dishes such as silverbeet rolls, where leaves are stuffed with spiced chickpeas, rice and tomatoes. For something different, try the kibbeh: subtly spiced minced lamb and crunchy pine nuts, perfect for dipping into the accompanying labna.
PSST! You can try recreating Abla’s recipes at home with her cookbook ‘The Lebanese Kitchen’.