Sunday, 19 July 2015

Baraka - Pyrmont, Sydney

One of my dear friends is a huge fan of middle eastern food, so it was a no brainer to visit Baraka for a recent low-key birthday celebration.

Baraka is a pop-up restaurant serving middle eastern inspired food in Pyrmont, and is open until the 29th of August.  Chef and owner, Fouad Kassab, was also behind Chic Pea in Summer Hill (which I sadly didn't get around to trying!) The dishes at Baraka are inspired from his childhood memories, and also travel/life in Australia.

Maple caramelised beetroot with pistachios dip

We ordered some organic spelt bread for dipping, which was served warm and had a nice crust. With earthy and sweet flavours; the dip was absolutely divine! 

Falafel spiced Brussel sprouts with tahini

I can't say I'm usually a fan of brussel sprouts, but these were very flavoursome and crisp. The falafel spices added a nice touch, though it was on the salty side.

Charcoal broccoli, kale & chickpea w olive oil & garlic dressing

This dish was the let down of the night. It would have been a lovely dish if not for it being too salty. 

I was extremely impressed by the service though - Foaud came around to the tables to introduce himself, give us a bit of background information to the dishes, and asked us how our meal was. After we had brought up that the dish was too salty for our liking, he was really nice about it, promptly took the dish off the bill and was genuinely interested to receive feedback.

Winter vegetables & burghul tagine with yoghurt & chili 

This was the perfect winter dish, warming and hearty. Food like this is pretty much all I crave during the colder months. Burghul is a dried cracked wheat that is often used in middle eastern cooking,  and adds some bulk to this vegetarian dish.

Middle-eastern chaos

A spin on the traditional English dessert, Eton Mess. This middle eastern rendition consisted of seasonal fruit (watermelon, strawberries and grapes), rose mascarpone, meringue & halva.  The halva here is made from tahini (sesame paste) and is crumbly in texture. I enjoy this light and fruity dessert, especially the fragrance of the rose in the mascarpone. 

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