We’re Obsessed With This Delicious Middle Eastern Restaurant In The Heart Of Sydney CBD!


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Take your tastebuds on a trip to the Middle East at Above Par on Clarence Street in the heart of the city!  

This restaurant originally opened on the day the Covid-19 lockdown came into force (worst luck ever) but as restrictions ease and the city sparks up, Above Par have put in the hard yards to make themselves really stand out.

The food is world class with prices that won’t break the bank. Whether you are after a quick lunch or enjoying their set menu, there is something for everyone.

Enter via The Garden, a leafy oasis with a gorgeous Cherry Blossom Tree that you’ll want to snap and upload to the ‘gram! You can choose to sit here in the fresh air or settle inside in a comfy booth.

Inside you can gaze around the wine bottle-lined glass walls and open kitchen which allows you to see the chefs create your dish!

Food-wise… Where to begin? Every. Dish. Is. DELICIOUS!

If you only go for one thing, go for the Puffy Bread. WOW! It’s a Turkish puff bread called ‘Lavas’ with a hollow centre full of steam. The bread is made to order, drizzled with imported Turkish olive oil and sea salt, and served piping hot. Pair it with some meze like Hummus, Baba Ganoush or “Atom “, which is Turkish-style yoghurt with sun-dried chillies, sesame and pine nuts. 

Other stands outs are Honey Halloumi, Lahmacun - a thin Turkish pizza topped with ground beef, Char-Grilled Calamari with spicy Ezme salsa, Chicken Shish or Triple Cheese Shakshuka.   

Save room for dessert so you can indulge on their famous Katmer - crunchy Turkish pancakes with pistachio and Kaymak (clotted cream), and Baklava Sandwich with traditional Maraş ice cream.

They have a HUGE drinks menu with over 150 top choice wines and some inventive cocktails like the Mediterranean Margarita with rosemary infused gin or Turkish coffee negroni. 

If you’re looking for a place to have a party of 10+, look no further than Above Par with an amazing designed-to-share set menu starting from $59. This is foodie place you need to tick of your bucket list, so book now! 

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Ellie Angel

7 April 2021

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