Whilst running some errands around locally, we walk past Frank’s Lebanese Restaurant. I stopped for a second as the name rang a bell. I couldn’t put my finger on it so walked on, until I realised it was one of the restaurants that was part of a Fairfield Feast tour that thesuzchef went on. She had mentioned it was worth the visit so I quickly turned back and found myself asking the waiter for a table for 2.
The shop front is a little misleading as it looks like a take away store.
Do not stop there people because there’s quite a large restaurant through the doors. It was late in the afternoon on a weekday so the place was pretty much empty – all the more room for me I say.
Charcoal Chicken $14.90
Half chicken served with hommus, tabouli & baba gannouj, and garlic cream
I’d like to call this my pre-dinner snack because it was 4.30pm in the afternoon. No mistake was made there.
In place of the dips you can also order chips or rice as per the menu but how can you say no to the dips?!
The chicken is grilled to a crispy skin with the meat remaining tender and juicy. It has that charcoal/grilled aroma which is heavenly. The tabouli is fresh and tangy with the right amount of zing, working perfectly with the charcoal chicken.
The hommus is beautifully smooth and well balanced, but it’s that baba gannouj (small dollop of sauce on the left) that stole my heart. It was smokey, it had depth, it had punch and I’ve never had anything like it before! It was just incredible. I would have bought a whole tub of it if I could (I think I may ask next time I’m near).
Plenty of Lebanese bread to share between 2. It’s a great way to make a little wrap filled with chicken, sauces and salad or wipe up all the last remnants of the sauces. Oh yes..
The garlic cream which is worth trying. It’s not quite as creamy El Jannah but it still hits the spot.
I can’t believe I didn’t make the visit to Frank’s Lebanese Restaurant any earlier. I’m so thankful it’s within arms reach for a fix of some charcoal chicken and amazing side sauces, namely that baba gannouj (where have you been all my life? I have love hearts in my eyes for you).
Frank’s Lebanese Restaurant
16 Smart St
Fairfield, NSW 2165