West Village’s brand new retail and dining precinct has opened the doors to Beirut Bazaar—the first of an array of dining experiences to open at West Village in the coming months.
Situated on the ground floor in the historic Peters Ice Cream Factory, Beirut Bazaar offers an authentic taste of Beirut with signature spices cumin, sumac and coriander—the essence of Middle Eastern food—featuring heavily throughout the menu.
Beirut Bazaar owner Andre Samra said the restaurant will be a family affair. “My passion for food comes from my father who migrated from Lebanon to Australia and this legacy is continuing with my daughter, Vanessa. Food is such an important part of our culture and time spent with family and friends,” Mr Samra said.
Open from early till late, Beirut Bazaar’s menu includes coffee and sweet treats, traditional Lebanese mezze, specialty cocktails, and most importantly, shawarma. “For the uninitiated, shawarma is our signature dish prepared using a fillet of lamb, beef or chicken, marinated in traditional spices for 48 hours and served on pita with parsley, tomato, and legumes.”
Other stand-outs of Beirut Bazaar’s offering include specialty dips and breads, traditional savoury pastries, and delectable sweet treats. Vegetarian and vegan diners are not forgotten—the menu has something for every palate and the friendly staff will be happy to accommodate all.
As for drinks, Beirut Bazaar has curated an intriguing cocktail list. Set to be one of West End’s premier venues for a Sunday session, Beirut Bazaar invites guests to get comfortable in their alfresco area and soak up the weekend with a drink in hand.
The 75-seat restaurant has plenty of room for families wishing to indulge in a traditional Middle Eastern feast, couples looking to do date night differently, and locals who are on the hunt for a flavour-packed meal and a cocktail or two.
West Village Project Director Harrison Phillips said the precinct was delighted to welcome Beirut Bazaar to the historic 1928 Peters Ice Cream Factory.
“It’s so exciting to see the Ice Cream Factory, which has such a rich history around food, be the location to bring people together in a unique dining experience,” Mr Phillips said.
“West Village has spent the last three years restoring the Factory, including its iconic facade and this will be the first time this industrial building has been permanently occupied since its closure in the late 1990s.”
Mid-May will also see West Village unveil its broader retail and convenience offering which is set to include a Woolworths supermarket, Harris Farm Markets, Goodlife Health Club and as well as a number of specialty and lifestyle retailers.