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Mafi Mitlo: Kazbah Street Food

Kings Cross on a Friday night used to resemble a war zone; well before we got lumped with a Liberal state government, that is. This makes the well-executed bunker fit out by Shawn West from 2D Studio, a little bittersweet for anyone who loved the vibrant Kings Cross of old.

Zahli

Jumping into the spot formerly occupied by Al Aseel, restaurateur Mohammad Issmail has transformed the space into arguably the slickest-looking Lebanese restaurant Sydney has to offer.

El-Phoenician

This gleaming glass box in Walsh Bay has largely escaped my notice because it’s tucked just around the corner from busy Hickson Road on Towns Place. The immediate advantage of this is a good supply of parking right out front.

Belmore Lebanese Bakery

Ten minutes from my Inner West stomping ground, Burwood Road, Belmore offers up a multicultural melange of cuisines including Korean, Chinese and at least five multicultural bakeries.

Oregano Bakery

When vivacious owner Sonia Jabbour met me at a party, she declared that she sold the best cinnamon scrolls in Sydney! Cue me: in Hurstville, the very next Saturday, there to test her claim. Her husband, Tony Jabbour is the baker.