I had a nice surprise tasting fresh, tasty and high quality, yet healthy vegan Lebanese foods at Vegan Lebanese Street Food in Bondi.
Don’t be fooled by the name ‘street food’. To me, street foods are always delicious but don’t always use healthy and quality ingredients. Not here though. The food was all of a good quality and tasty but was much healthier than the usual deep–fried versions of Lebanese street foods.
SLOW BAKED MAJADARA ($19)
Organic red, black and green rice, organic whole green lentils & diced onions served with a garnish of garlic & mint vegan labneh with caramalised onions & fresh wholemeal Lebanese bread.
We assumed Majadara was a cold dish so we were kind of disappointed for a second… But when we tasted it, our disappointment went away. It was just so tasty!
We chose Zouba salad alongside it, which is a fresh oregano leaf salad dressed with lemon juice, sumac and olive oil. The oregano was so fresh and what was served was very generous.
SKEWERED PLATE $26 – KAFTA, TOFU SKEWER AND POTATOES
Firstly, we had to pick any two traditional style skewers: Kata – Chicken – Tofu.
Then, your choice of salad are Tabouli – Fattoush – Zouba, served with hummus, garlic dip & flat baked potatoes.
I could not choose two skewers so I added an extra tofu skewer. The tofu skewer ‘organic tofu, capsicum, mushroom and onion skewers marinated in our special garlic sauce and traditional Lebanese spices’ was nothing exciting. Tofu is tofu after all… Although I LOVED the garlic sauce that came with this plate. Both of the other skewers, including ‘beefy’ kaftas (traditional style kafta skewers made from plant-based mince) and chicken skewers (shredded seitan marinated in special garlic and herb sauce) were so impressive!
The Kafta really tasted like mince meat and chicken had an amazing texture, especially with the help of the charred flavour and aroma.
Next we had my favourite salad – Fattoush. I must say, after eating here, I feel so healthy. It must be from the generous amount of fresh salad!
Now, as I said, the food is beyond street quality but also the price is not a “street food” price. I am not saying the price is expensive, I’m just saying it’s not “street food price”, which is usually very cheap. Still, I think this place was a good value for money, especially given the area it’s in and the nice portion sizes.
My hubby, who is not a big fan of Lebanese, actually enjoyed the food here and of course I enjoyed it too. I highly recommend this restaurant, so I will definitely go back myself! Next time, I must have the falafel. The only thing I wished for this time round was that they served tea or coffee because I noticed lots of vegan cakes, which I prefer to have cakes with tea or coffee. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll return very soon!
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