A family-run restaurant in Circular Quay serves traditional Lebanese food with a modern approach
The hummus and baba ganoush here are made for sharing — and they’re not your average chickpea and eggplant smoosh. Cubby’s Special Hummus, with pulled lamb and pine nuts, is a meal in itself, and the baba ganoush gets an earthy injection of sweet miso. The team behind Surry Hills’ Toko is running Cubby’s and leaving Japanese hints throughout the menu, giving traditional Lebanese dishes a modern fusion kick. To get the feast started, try the smaller plate of hummus with spicy edamame and chilli oil.
Vegetarians are well catered for, with larger dishes of falafel kebabs, grilled za'atar-buttered corn and vine leaves. But carnivores shouldn’t go past the chicken shish, with shallots and garlic lemon dressing. If you want to try all the house favourites, and have at least three friends by your side, there’s nine dishes on the feasting menu to work through.
Despite the wide-ranging flavours, they’re keeping it close to home at this CBD joint. Owner Matt Yazbek has pulled his two sisters into the venture and named the restaurant after his mother, Mouna, whose nickname is Cubby. Family friend and retired NRL player, Anthony Watmough, is on board as a co-owner.
|Venue name:||Cubby's Kitchen|
Cr Young St & Loftus Ln
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 12.30pm-late; Sat 5.30pm-late|