Du Liban means ‘From Lebanon’ in French.
Why then is this Lebanese bakery & coffee roaster named in French? I don’t know the answer to that, but my guess is the influence of French fare on an otherwise, Lebanese & Middle Eastern menu.
The obscure location, tucked away on a small industrial street of Marrickville, adds to the uniqueness of this place. The façade reminds me of what I’d expect of market stores in Marrakech – with the clay coloured stones and the draped awning!
This day, the wooden tables outside are bathed in sunshine. The warm, rustic feel continues as you walk into a bakery/café setting with timber communal tables on concrete floors, and a few eclectic pieces here and there. The aromas are spicy and comforting. A large commercial kitchen is hidden out back where the bakery magic happens. Despite its large size, its cosy. You are greeted with lots of warm happy faces and this sets the scene for the friendly service you receive at Du Liban.
There is variety in this menu. Breakfast is served from early morning till 12pm. We arrived for the lunch sitting, but if I had a time machine, I would have arrived earlier & ordered the Ful medames – a traditional middle eastern fava bean dish of creamy cooked beans with a side of flat bread; or the Scrambled Eggs with mince, pinenuts & pomegranate syrup. Yum! No need for that time machine. I’ll just have to return again, earlier!
The selection after 12pm is equally exciting. The Manoush (traditional Lebanese style pizza) looked good with a variety of flavours including ground mince, onion, tomato on a thin crust or za`atar herb with cheese, tomato & olive.
However, we ordered a Slow Roasted Lamb wrap with lettuce, fresh mint, & garlic yoghurt sauce $10.80; Chicken Burger with coleslaw & house made harissa on a potato bun & served with hand cut chips tossed in herbs $14.80; and the Falafel Plate with salad, pickles, humus & tahini sauce served with flat bread $14. We originally ordered a Camel Burger (yes, you read correctly), but they were out of camel patties! Maybe next time?!?!?!
The meals are made & served pronto and we gobbled them all up (just like Goldilocks did)! The Lebanese bread encasing the lamb wrap filling is freshly made, soft and exquisite (can I use that word to describe bread? Well of course I can – I’m Italian!). The only notable bummer was that the slow roasted lamb was a little on the dry side, but all was forgiven with the Chicken burger and the Falafel plate. The hand cut chips tossed in herbs and spices were delish, and the house made harissa sauce with the Chicken Burger was an absolute standout! Not too hot, but just a subtle warmth packed with flavour. The falafel is scrumptious – a crispy coating with a moist soft tasty centre. There is fatteh (crispy baked Lebanese bread) tossed through the salad on the falafel plate which adds a wonderful texture.
At this stage, I’m full but I persevere! I would have liked to have sampled The Golden Milk – the description I’ve read about this is “a warming & delicious drink made from turmeric, ginger & white pepper with your choice of milk (almond, rice or standard milk) with honey or maple syrup”. I know where I’ll be as the weather gets cooler
Instead, we move onto coffee and a sweet. Here is where the French influence is apparent with ganache tarts & cakes.
Nonetheless, I stick to the Middle Eastern theme and purchase a Walnut Baklava (please note: even if you’re full, you must order this and don’t share. Don’t tell my daughter, Freya, I said the latter!).
This Walnut Baklava is the bomb! It had the right amount of sweetness and the pastry had a wonderful flaky crisp texture. The filling made predominantly of walnuts was moist and a real delight. All these elements together made for a perfect treat – even if you’re full!!
Their own unique coffee blend is nutty with a tinge of chocolate notes. Fantastic served as piccolo lattes.
Whether you arrive for breakfast or lunch – you are sure to be thrilled with the Lebanese, Middle Eastern and French sweet fare!
14 Chalder St, Marrickville
Ph: 9550 3569