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Babylon Rooftop & Garden Bar

A luxe kingdom of meze, cocktails, slow-cooked meats and 300 wines atop Westfield Sydney.
By Marissa Ciampi
July 02, 2019
By Marissa Ciampi
July 02, 2019

Take the lift in Westfield Sydney up to level seven and you'll find this massive 1200-square-metre Middle Eastern restaurant and bar, where an impressive calibre of hospitality vets are waiting to wine and dine you.

Babylon has a cool 800-person capacity and a bustling kitchen producing hearty eats inspired by the street eats of Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus and Egypt. The extensive 20+ dish bar menu features the likes of lamb gozleme ($22), pulled chicken pita ($22), wood-fired pumpkin kebabs ($24) and meze aplenty — including hummus with macadamias and dukkah ($17), harissa king prawn skewers ($28), fattoush salad ($19) and housemade falafel ($16) with tahini sauce.

The restaurant centres on a custom-built mangal (Turkish grill) and two rotisseries. Expect both eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences on the menu here, with share plates split between flora, fauna and ocean. There's spiced fried cauliflower ($19), pan-roasted Murray cod ($58) with matbucha and falafel, and a huge slow-cooked lamb shoulder ($96). Enjoy it all with the house-made bread ($8), which comes paired with za'atar-spiced butter.

Over on the rooftop bar you can start your weekend with meze and bottomless brunch. For $68 per person, you'll be treated to highlights from the bar menu, plus an hour and a half of free-flowing mimosas.

The fit-out is the work of Queensland architects Hogg & Lamb and Woy Woy interior stylists Stewart + Highfield. As the venue's name suggests, it takes inspiration from the metropolis of old, with the rooftop terrace modelled on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Its many opulent features include Italian travertine archways, velvet upholstery, spotted gum timber and marble finishes throughout — used in the dark gold bar, verde fusion tabletops and black stone terrace floor.

Images: Steven Woodburn

Updated: Thursday, December 15

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