Bottomless brunches seem to be taking over Sydney these days. We got a rooftop bloody mary buffet at the East Village Hotel last month and Belles Hot Chicken just launched a weekend brunch of fried chicken and waffles, not to mention the bottomless rose at SoCal and all these fine options. Now, Glebe's much-loved Middle Eastern restaurant Thievery is giving it a go. It'll start offering weekly bottomless brunch banquets this Saturday, April 21 from noon till 3pm.
Big communal breakfasts and lunches are an integral part of Middle Eastern culture and the restaurant's executive chef Julian Cincotta (winner of the 2016 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award) has curated a menu of his favourite regional dishes. Think modern options like yellow fin tuna with a samke harra (that is, spicy fish) emulsion, Lebanese fried chicken, hummus with burnt butter and baba ghanoush, alongside more traditional dishes like raw beef kibbeh and grilled haloumi with honey and za'atar.
The banquet menu alone costs $34 per person, with bottomless booze also up for grabs for an additional $35. This gets you 90 minutes of Lebanese sangria and bellinis. The non-alcoholic drinks package sounds pretty great, too — for $18, you'll get sour cherry iced tea, ginger beer and punches in either apple, rose and mulberry, or pineapple, sage and chocolate bitters.
All told it's a bit pricey for brunch, but there's no doubt the food will be top notch. Bookings are recommended, so head over here to nab a table.