To someone embedded so far into traditional Middle Eastern cooking, mentioning the very thought of a contemporary slash modern Middle Eastern dish will have them tell you to simply, eff off. Don’t even bother. Yet Harbour St bothered, and they do contemporary quiet well.
Other than some fantastic modern Middle Eastern food, the kitchen puts together some great steak and chips, burgers and a divine breakfast menu. Look around and you see walls masked with posters from all eras and regions, vines and chilli hanging from the walls, Corona bottles filled with salt and pepper and shishas standing ready to blaze up.
I love seeing the look on the waiters/waitress’ face when I ask them to make the choice for me. “Are, are you sure sir?!” Hell yeah I’m sure and bring a few coronas for us to start with.
Here are a few dishes we devoured with some having a Middle Eastern twist added to them.
It’s kinda magical when you bite into or break apart a cheesy garlic bread and all the melted cheese just oozes out.
We’ve all seen loaded fries but these Phoenician Fries takes the award for its simplicity. Topped with sumac, feta crumbs and oregano.
There are chicken wings and then there’s these bad boys. Basket of crispy and tender Buffalo Chicken Wings with a side of star anise glaze.
My Honey Haloumi with cherry tomato, kale and oregano. With my sweet tooth, more honey was required.
There comes a time in ones life when a particular dish literally changes your life.
The Levantine Lettuce Cups with mouthwatering lamb shawarma, vermicelli, water chestnuts and peanuts – also dubbed the Shawarma San Chow Bow. And the Egyptian Soft Shell Tacos, with the same amazing lamb shawarma, lettuce, tomato, gherkin and a creamy aioli.
The lamb shawarma was perfectly cooked and flavoursome, leaving a longing taste behind.
Pan full of lamb shawarma dipped with some fresh hummus or baba ghanouj.
Zaatar infused chicken breast schnitzel burger with a generous amount of crunchy house slaw.
A rather delicious Crème Brûlée with chai masala and poached figs. Make sure the top of the Crème Brûlée cracks like glass, that’s how you know it has been made well.
Luscious house made Levantine Knafe with a light pistachio crumble and a drizzle of sugar syrup.
If you’re craving some exceptional comfort food with a modern Middle Eastern twist, head on over to Harbour St.
Harbour St is located on Harbour St, Wollongong – part of The Harbour Dining Precinct.
For bookings, call Harbour St on 1300 00 4664.