Jasmin 1 – Punchbowl, Sydney

One of my favourite restaurants that I discovered this year hasn’t got any hats and they don’t have degustation menus either. Instead, it is a Lebanese restaurant that serves generous servings of great food with a smile. I first visited this restaurant after a recommendation from one of the boyfriend’s colleagues. It was an instant hit with all of my friends. The food is cheap, the interior is well decorated and the locals go there, it MUST be good!

The motif on the wall has been so artistically painted on.

Even the ceilings are made to look like the sky.

The walls of this restaurant are just breathtaking. The effort gone into each wall can be seen through the intricate detailing. Instead of hanging a piece of artwork up, the wall has become the artwork. I haven’t seen a restaurant like this before.

The staff are nice and friendly. Our usual waiter is not working tonight, but they are all as friendly as the next. The boss mans the register but comes around every so often to see how we are doing. He always has a smile on his face which is passed onto the customer. I think my friends and I have been there enough times that the boss gives us a smile that seems to say ‘welcome back’.

The boyfriend and I head to the drinks fridge. So many choices, so many different things that I’ve never seen anywhere else.

Kazouza Tamarind $3.00
This is my all time favourite drink when I visit Jasmin 1. It’s a carbonated drink with tamarind and rose water. The drink is slightly tangy and is not overly sweet.

Cade Pink Cocktail $3.00
This pink drink tasted like pink lemonade. I’ve always thought it was weird how it is called a cocktail. It also comes in a blue cocktail, according to my friend, it tastes ‘blue’.

Bavaria Peach Malt Non-Alcoholic Beer $3.00
Yes, it does taste like beer. For all those who are craving a beer without the alcohol, here’s your drink. I personally do not like beer, but Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol can have a taste of what beer tastes like.

The food comes on big trays that rest of the waiter’s shoulders. I would probably collapse under the weight, but these young boys are strong.

Complimentary Vegetables: Mint, Tomato, Olives, Gherkins, Pickled Turnip, Pickled Feferoni (?), Onions.

Complimentary Chilli Dip
I’m not a fan of chilli. From what I had of it, it is quite spicy.

Complimentary Tahini Sesame  Seed Dip
Not a fan of this dip at all. In fact it was hardly touched during the entire meal.

Complimentary Toum Garlic Dip
YUM! It is basically garlic cloves blended together with olive oil. It is quite strong but also so delicious. Make sure you have some gum with you to chew after your meal though.

Complimentary Lebanese Bread
You can’t have Lebanese cuisine without some lebanese bread. The bread is so fresh and soft. The bread is all-you-can-eat, but why would you fill up on bread when you have lovely dips and meat to eat.

Doner Kebab $12.00
Marinated steaks with spices cooked on rotating skewers. It was quite flavourful and moist.

Falafel $7.00
Cracked chick peas, cum with herbs and spices, fried in vegetable oil. The crunchiest and most tasty falafel I’ve had in my life. You won’t even realise that you’re not eating meat.

Kebbeh $12.00
Mince meat, crushed wheat and spices fried in vegetable oil. I find this slightly dry but the boyfriend loves it.

Standard Mixed Plate $15.00
This is for the indecisive part in all of us. In this you get:
Hommus: Mashed chick peas, sesame seed paste, lemon juice and garlic.
Baba Ghannouj: Mashed eggplants, sesame seed paste, lemon juice and garlic.
Falafel: Cracked chick peas, cum with herbs and spices, fried in vegetable oil.
Kafta: Mince meat, parsley, onion and spices grilled on skewers.
Shish Kebab: Lamb cubes grilled on skewer.
Charcoal Chicken: Chicken charcoal grilled until tender.
Kebbeh: Mince meat, crushed wheat and spices fried in vegetable oil.
Tabbouleh:Chopped parsley, onion, mint, tomatoes, lemon juice and oil.
You get a little taste of everything. Truthfully, one plate is enough to feed two people. At $15.00 a plate, this dish is a steal. My favourite is the kafta, it is so moist and flavourful. Best of all you get two kafta skewers on this plate of choice.

I think Jasmin 1 is a great value-for-money restaurant. The decorations are unique, the servings are generous, the prices are cheap as, and to top it all off, the staff are so friendly! It may be quite a drive for some people, but I think it’s worth it to drive 45 minutes for this meal. Jasmin has many other restaurants in Lakemba, Auburn and Bankstown. I haven’t been to their other restaurants in fear they won’t be as good. But I heard from a little birdie that there is a new one located a lot closer to the city. I shall investigate and report on it. Until then..

Happy nom nom nom-ing!

Jasmin 1
224 The Boulevarde
Punchbowl NSW 2196
T: (02) 9740 7866

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara @ Belly Rumbles
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 21:32:13

    The drinks are so different and unusual. Really is value for money.


  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 20:46:52

    That tamarind drink sounds delicious! I must give it a go these holidays! 😀


  3. happynomnomnom
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 15:02:07

    Sara: You have to be adventurous with your drinks. They all taste pretty good though.

    Lorraine: Tamarin anything sounds delicious!


  4. Simon Food Favourites
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 14:22:46

    best falafel in Sydney! i must revisit soon 🙂 i love them.


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