Monday, 24 March 2008

Cafe d'Or

If it’s a Saturday night without the fever you’re after, don’t expect it at this unassuming Lebanese restaurant on Burwood’s main drag. For when the lights go dim, and they crank the music with a thumping bass line, its time to shake your bon bon, shake your bon bon… yeah. Can’t bury your eyes in the food, for the belly dancer will drag you from the comfort of the cushy booths to the floor with a hand that oscillates alluring towards her direction. How can you say no?

Blood pressure returns to normal and the red dissipates from the face with the help of a cool Aryan, a slightly salty yoghurt drink to also replenish the lost sweat not from the workout but the embarrassment caused whilst up on the dance floor. Jalab does its best to substitute for Gatorade and electrolytes, containing molasses, rose water flavoured with a grape syrup, topped with pine nuts.

Furthering the post exercise recovery, a light but tangy Fatoush, with great nutrients from lettuce, onions, tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, secret spices with a crunch from wafer thin fried bread. Baba Ganoush is creamy but can’t match the grand entrance of the evening entertainment, although an exposed midriff is hard to top. Kebbe has some curry puff moves, baked pastry wrapping spiced mince meat, onions and pine nuts. A massive, yet extremely tasty protein hit comes courtesy of the Kafta, grilled mince meat skewers flavoured by spices, parsley and onion that’s kept warm by flat bread. To top it all off, what every meathead should get into them because they know how to do meat here as John Travolta knows how to dance. Awesome flame grilled chicken thigh fillets, marinated in herbs and spices. A little sweet yet slightly charred and oh so tasty, making me want to change into a black shirt and white suit, popping that collar, do a little twirl and raise my finger, first pointing to my hip then to the opposite corner, repeating and shouting WOW. Must keep that in check… but Ricky Martin got nothing on this.

3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 47 Burwood Rd, Burwood, NSW
What? Average Entrée $9, Main $17

Left to Right : Aryan, Jalab, Fatoush, Baba Ganoush, Kebbe, Kafta, Grilled Chicken

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