Craving for some Middle Eastern foods such as hummus or baba ganoush? Head over to Ehden Bar and Kitchen in West End, a new restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine, alongside flavours of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Settle in and start off with some roasted cauliflower hummus served with fried chickpeas and cumin or get the refreshing beetroot hummus. Other options include tons of mezze (small plates of savoury snacks) like the pacific oysters, house-made Lebanese sausages, crumbed feta stuffed olives and aioli, and BBQ octopus.
For mains, the whole grilled chicken is an ideal sharing dish, served with heirloom tomato, cucumber fattoush salad, rustic fries, coleslaw and grilled pita. They also serve freshly shucked oysters best paired with a cocktail or wine from their drinks menu.
Restaurateur Simon Barakat is behind the newest addition to the West End eatery. He also co-owns two of Brisbane’s most celebrated restaurants, The Defiant Duck in Newstead and Il Verde in Fortitude Valley.
Mr Barakat got the name of the restaurant from Ehden, a mountainous town in the northern mountains of Lebanon. It’s surrounded by a stunning forest and refreshed by a breathtaking water stream which bursts off it’s eastern mountain.
“For over 400 years, every summer the people of nearby coastal village of Zgharta leave their homes and migrate to Ehden to enjoy the cooler days, time with loved ones and the beauty of the area. This place is where our story begins,” Ehden Bar & Kitchen posted on their website.
True to its name, Ehden’s function venues are ideal for get-together. The ‘Garden of Ehden’ is an exclusive garden oasis that can seat 60. Those who want to keep it private may opt for The Cellar, an underground bar and dining space. Like The Cellar, the main bar is ideal for hosting a private dining event or stand-up cocktail party.
Ehden Bar and Kitchen is now taking bookings for lunch and dinner. They are located at 400 Montague Rd, West End and opens seven days from 11:30 am until late. They will be closed from 23 December 2019 and will reopen on 3 January 2020 with the normal trade hours. Visit their Facebook page for more information.