Raffles Reviews: Embers Mezze Bar, Darlinghurst  

Embers Mezze Bar, Darlinghurst

On Sunday it was mother’s day and if there’s one thing my mama loves, it’s eating. So we took her out for a special dinner so she could stuff her face.

Mama told us about a restaurant called Embers Mezze Bar that served Middle Eastern food and we though it would be a good place to go because when we went to the Middle East on holidays we all liked the food. And the camels. But they didn’t have any camels at the restaurant.

They did have cool paintings of a lady with big boobies and a man with a beard smoking pipes, which is a bit naughty because smoking is bad for you. They also had loads of cushions and twisty candles and drippy melted wax which I thought looked awesome.

Mum and dad let us have fancy drinks that Henri, the guy whose restaurant it was, said would be OK for kids. They were shaken in a noisy shaker with lots of ice and they had pear on top and tasted awesome. Henri suggested we try the banquet menu so we could eat lots of different things. He must have known I like to eat a lot.

It was really cool. Every time we had a mouthful of something another dish came. Cool!!! There were olives and big blobs of hommus and warm flat bread and haloumi that was cooked in honey and some other stuff (za’atar crumbs). I especially liked how it squeaked when I bit it. One of my favourite things were the little pies (Shanklish sambusek with preserved lemon salsa and Lamb and pinenut sambusek w mint yoghurt). They were so, so, so, so good.

I liked the cauliflower, chickpea and pomegranate salad too which surprised my mum and dad.

But pomegranates are my new favourite thing.  Almost. I still love ninjas more.

There was some pink fish with crunchy stuff on top (Scorched ocean trout spiced tahini and fennel) that was good and Henri gave my sister and I some special spicy (merguez) sausages that were the best! The lamb dumplings were yummy too but I’ve never met a dumpling I didn’t like.

A few of the amazing dishes in Embers Mezze Bar's banquet

The last dishes were beef (Carob glazed beef cheek w freekah and sheep’s milk labne) and lamb (Confit lamb shawarma w tahini and pickled radish) that was all fally apart and came with bread. It reminded me of something we had at the souk in Oman and it was so yummy I had two lots.

There were TWO desserts. One (tahini and Persian fig brulee) had a crunchy top that was fun to smash.

Tahini and Persian Fig Brulee at Embers Mezze Bar

The other (Rose Jelly and Sahleb Cream with Sumac Strawberries) came in a big glass filled with everything ever. Every time we put the spoon in something different came out… rose petals, strawberries, crunchy stuff, creamy stuff, lumpy stuff, jelly stuff. Awesome!

Next time we go there I hope they have a 1000 course banquet, and that Henri is there because he was cool.

Henri & Raffles at Embers Mezze Bar

Reviewed by Raffles – aged 6

(bracketed text translated into actual dishes by Ms Eats World)

EMBERS MEZZE BAR – Darlinghurst
52 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
PH: (02) 8354 1100


11 Comments on Raffles Reviews: Embers Mezze Bar, Darlinghurst  

  1. Mr Eatsworld
    May 13, 2014 at 7:59 am (10 years ago)

    I liked it too buddy. I think we should go back there soon…

      May 13, 2014 at 8:03 am (10 years ago)

      Dad, Next time we go we should eat the whole place – love Raffles

  2. Karen Gould
    May 13, 2014 at 8:41 am (10 years ago)

    I love the way you described all the textures Raffles. A very exciting review!

    • Kate
      May 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm (10 years ago)

      That was my favourite part – especially the desserts!

  3. Sakura te Kempel
    May 13, 2014 at 8:49 am (10 years ago)

    This restaurant sounds divine Raffles! I have a friend coming to visit me soon, I think I might have to take her there for the banquet!

  4. Rebecca (Little Munch)
    May 13, 2014 at 9:33 am (10 years ago)

    Great review Raffles, I wish my almost 6yr old had as adventurous taste in food as you do.

  5. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 13, 2014 at 10:25 am (10 years ago)

    He’s a wee legend, ha ha to boobies and smoking, my daughter says, It’s good that (a friend of ours who is now pregnant and not smoking) Sam doesn’t do smokes anymore as they are bad for you. This banquet looks delish!

  6. Louise
    May 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm (10 years ago)

    I want the Lamb and pinenut sambusek w mint yoghurt. You make everything sounds so yummy, and I so agree with your friend Henri’s suggestion to try the banquet because like you and your heavenly mama, I like to eat too. You are making me very hungry.

  7. Kate
    May 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm (10 years ago)

    It all sounds yummy but, to be totally honest, I really just want BOTH those desserts!

  8. blahblahmagazine
    May 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm (10 years ago)

    Nice t-shirt. This sounds amazing and now I have another place I need to try x

  9. yinyangmother
    May 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh I love Raffles reviews (not that I don’t love yours too). This menu is making me hungry – I love Middle East. When hubby and I (too seldom) sneak off for a night out we have a favourite that we go to. Looks like a very yummy mother’s day for you Alleny.


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