Alongside opening a new bakery in Rosebery, the last month has seen the Du Liban team reward Marrickville locals by branching into nights. They’re clearly much better at time management than I am, because they’re now offering up a seven-day week of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Their industrial park warehouse setting is softened by low-light jars, though the concrete floors do reflect the winter chill. It’s quite a small space, so booking ahead is advised.
With the charcoal rotisserie in high gear when we arrive, the aroma of barbecued chicken made it pretty hard to pass up a Whole Chook ($28). As Du Liban also do takeaway, staff are super-happy to serve up half in situ, and package up the other half bird for your lunch the next day.
Fresh off the rotisserie, Du Liban’s barbecued chook is almost too moist and juicy, meaning it eats slightly better then next day. It’s not going to rival El Jannah, but you don’t have to drive to Punchbowl to eat it either. It’s served with garlic sauce, flatbread, pickles and hand-cut fries, made extra tasty by leaving their skin on.
Ordering a Mixed Plate ($26) and sharing both dishes will take care of two people (likely with food to spare). The mixed plate gives three skewers of lamb, kafta and chicken tawook pride of place over a garden of felafel, hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli, pickles and fragrant kabsa rice. The meats are all well cooked, with the flavoursome kafta being the standout.
Being foolhardy (and a big fan of yoghurt dip), I ignored staff advice and threw in Zataar, Labne and Pickles ($6) - it was tasty but certainly surplus to our requirements.
The cooking here is halal, so they don’t serve alcohol, but they do generously allow you to bring your own bottle (and wine glasses) to enjoy with your meal. We weren’t charged a BYO fee for the privilege either, bringing our whole meal for two (and subsequent lunch) in at sixty bucks. Consider blowing your change from a hundred on good bottle of Australian wine.
14 Chalder Street, Marrickville
Ph: (02) 9550 3569