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Sefa Kitchen

The Bondi favourite has had a makeover.
By Marissa Ciampi
February 16, 2019
By Marissa Ciampi
February 16, 2019

Bondi's Middle Eastern diner Sefa Kitchen has undergone some changes. For one, it's appointed Egyptian head chef Mohamed Kharboush (ex-Kazbah), along with chef Bill Vuki (ex-Attica). And, thanks to Kharboush, the kitchen is now slinging meze-style weekend lunches, with bottomless spritzes to boot.

These 'Lafay' lunches are on offer every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am–3pm. The share menu features the likes of slow-cooked lamb and chicken, Israeli salad, Northern African dips, house pickles and mint-wrapped garden herbs — a popular Cairo street snack — all served with the restaurant's signature laffa flatbread.

You can also nab bottomless spritzes for a limited time at $39 per person. Right now there's the pomegranate spritz ($15), which is fresh pomegranate, Campari, sparkling wine and soda. There's a daily cocktail special to look forward to as well.

In general, Sefa's seasonal menu focuses on the ancient region of Levantine — which spans 400 years of Middle Eastern cooking tradition across Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Cyprus and southeast Turkey. It's a region where seasonality is a given, as is communal dining. Expect quality ingredients here, with all grass-fed, hormone-free meats sourced from local butchers; a vertical garden in which the team grows herbs for the food and cocktail offering; and a compost bin and worm farm out back.

The restaurant is still open for dinner seven days a week, too. If you want to try a bit of everything, as we suggest you do, there's set menus available, spanning from $45–65 for the table. Eating with your hands is preferred here, so go ahead and tuck in.

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