Chalder Street is light industrial, with no redeeming architectural features.
You’ll either think Google Maps is playing up, or I’ve given you a bum steer; however your trust is amply rewarded inside this unreconstructed warehouse space.
Timber tables, concrete walls and floors are quickly forgotten when a warm slice of Knafeh ($6.50) – a sweet cheese pastry – is delivered along with an equally warm smile from owner Dorrie Krahe.
Her well-mannered children play quietly as she loads up our table with a Lebanese breakfast feast, beginning with...
...Ful Medames ($8.50) - fava beans cooked in tahini sauce - served with fabulously pliable flatbread.
Buttered almond shards and freshly minted yoghurt make the Fatteh ($9) here a firm favourite, served in a mound of crisp Lebanese bread with scattered chickpeas.
It’s the perfect creamy foil for the more intensely flavoured Eggs and Spiced Mince ($12).
Robust with chocolate notes, the Du Liban house-roasted coffee scrubs up well in an Iced Latte ($4), though it’s hard to go past a luxurious pot of Golden Milk ($4.50) made vividly yellow by blended turmeric, ginger and white pepper.
Za’atar manoush – Lebanese style pizzas - wrapped around a variety of meat or vegetable fillings, are the mainstays of the lunch menu.
Or you can load up on pastries from orderly rows of Shanklish ($4.50) (cheese) pies or mini pizzas topped with Sujuk ($5) (spicy Turkish sausage) or Cheese and Tomato ($3.50).
While the little pizzas don’t look all that fancy, they’re baked using organic flour, making them puffy and flavoursome when warmed up in your home oven.
14 Chalder Street, Marrickville
Ph: (02) 9550 3569