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FOOD & DRINK

New Middle Eastern-Inspired Avi's Kantini Features a $45 Feed Me Menu

Along with cocktails curated by ex-Bar Brosé's Ed Loveday.
By Ellen Seah
May 04, 2021
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By Ellen Seah
May 04, 2021
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Avi's Kantini is the latest venture by the Solotel Group (Smoke at Barangaroo House, Opera Bar) which prides itself on being "loud, loose and fun".

"Newtown has always been a popular spot for Middle Eastern and Turkish food," CEO of Solotel Group Elliot Solomon said in a statement. "With Avi's Kantini, we wanted to build on that legacy and love with a contemporary, psychedelic twist."

Nestled inside The Bank alongside craft beer bar Uncle Hops, the Middle Eastern-inspired menu can be ordered anywhere in the three-storey venue. Highlights include an oozy baked saganaki with honey, pistachio and rose, as well as housemade dips, stuffed pides served with pickles and onion salads, and meze plates.

Baked saganaki at Avi's Kantini

Cocktails are curated by Ed Loveday (ex-Bar Brosé and ex-ACME), featuring ingredients like arak (a unsweetened distilled spirit), sumac, pomegranate, saffron and bergamot (a type of citrus). Taste through a refreshing Karpuz (meaning 'melon' in Turkish) with Espolon Blanco tequila, watermelon, rosewater and lime or try Avi's take on an espresso martini with spiced rum, coffee, date and black walnut.

If you want to spend less time ordering, and more time dancing, we wouldn't blame you. The $45 banquet menu is a steal with plant-based and carnivorous options including chickpea falafels, lamb shish and chicken wings in a sticky fig glaze.

Lamb flatbread at Avi's Kantini

The revamped courtyard champions custom art murals by Wollongong-based artist El Oso Negro. 12-seater cushioned booths, seating nooks and plenty of greenery gives guests heaps of options when it comes to space.

Avi's Kantini will open this Thursday, May 6 at The Bank, 324 King St, Newtown.

Published on May 04, 2021 by Ellen Seah

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