Located within a group of eateries at the corner of Penshurst St and Victoria Ave, Tarboosh offers contemporary Lebanese food for both dine in and takeaway.
We were given complimentary pickles and olives and a basket of Lebanese bread to start with, not long before our entree of Assorted Pastry arrived.
The plate contained contained a piece each of meat pastries (lamb mince is used) kebbe and sambousik, and vegetable pastries – ladies finger, felafel and spinach triangle. The pastries were served with a light yogurt dip. They were good, if a little overfried. The felafel and meat pastries were especially nice.
The Tarboosh Mix Plate contained a felafel, bbq chicken breast, lamb and kafta on a bed of grilled onions, cabbage and some capsicum. On the plate was also a side of tabouli, and hummus, baba ghanouj and garlic dips. Although the chicken and lamb meat were a little dry, they had a nice smoky crust. The kafta was the pick of the meats having a lovely bbq aroma, with the mince still juicy on the inside. The dips and tabouli were the perfect accompaniment to the meat, wrapped in the soft Lebanese bread.
We went with gelato for dessert. Two flavours of home made Lebanese gelato – pistachio and lemon and mint sherbet. The pistachio was beautifully creamy and loaded with an abundance of nuts. The lemon and mint sherbet was refreshing, but I found the lemon to be slightly overpowering and too sour for my palate.
The Spumone Giotti gelato (left in the picture) was deliciously creamy, and rich with the flavours of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. I loved the graininess of the coffee in the texture of the gelato. I’d definitely order this for dessert again.
The service was warm and helpful and the food was fulfilling. It’s telling when locals pop in here for dine in and takeaway. Though there are better Lebanese restaurant out there, it’s nice to find a good one in the Lower North Shore.