Meshwi is a relative newcomer in the predominately Italian shopping strip of Haberfield. It’s quickly earnt its position with locals as the’ go to’ place for busy inner West families to pick up a no fuss takeway dinner on the way home from work or as a pitstop after school for ice cream and milkshakes.
It serves Lebanese standards like charcoal chickens, kafta, falafel, kibI, kebabs, tabouli and humous but presents them with a fresh flourish. The interior is large and simply designed with polished floorboards and a stark black and yellow tiled scheme, and there’s lots of space for prams and high chairs. Big groups are easily accommodated and on Saturday nights there‘s often a party or family gathering at the far end of the restaurant. A recent, fun addition to Meshwi is the addictive Connect 4 games that you can play while you wait for your meal to arrive.
At the front of the restaurant there is a separate café section selling loose leaf teas, coffees, sweets and ice cream and outdoor seating on the footpath but beware, the Ramsay street traffic can be busy so you will need to keep an eye open for little ones if you choose to sit outside.
The food is fresh and robust, with lots of lemon and parsley used and the house specialty, the toum (garlic sauce) is used generously on share plates and burgers.The dinner plates are great value for a family group ($13-$27) and enough for 2 people. These are served on tin enamel plates and have accompanying smears of baba ghanouj, humous and toum (powerful garlic sauce)
For the kids there are meal deals with wraps, including chips and drinks for around $12.50 and there are lots of side dishes of dips and salads ($6-$10) single falafels, ($1.25) Kibi, those little deep fried wheat torpedoes stuffed with lamb mince and onion ($2.50) and sambousik minced lamb filled pastries ($2.50) or skewers of lamb or chicken ($5.00) these little dishes will keep little ones munching along happily.
So if you are in Habberfield or close by and don’t fancy pizza, aren’t dressed up for dinner and feeling casual you should try Meshwi, it’s easy going and extremely family friendly.