Review: Sabbaba (Newtown)

Last Sunday night was takeaway night at the Buddhist centre. Again. We weren’t sure about what to get, we only knew it couldn’t be Thai again. The most popular option was Indian but in an attempt to save Alvaro from having to face his aversion to it, I suggested getting Turkish or Lebanese food with the excuse that it would be something new for the crowd (we gravitate between Thai, pizza or Indian).

My first thought was to go to The Sultan’s Table but then I remembered Sabbaba. Andrey and I walked there and asked the girl behind the counter what would she recommend for feeding 13 people. She suggested getting several plates with different fillings. Plates come with village salad, tabbouleh, babbaganoush, salsa, pickles, tahini, hummus, chickpeas, shredded red cabbage, and freshly baked pita. Falafel plates cost $15.90 and the meat/fish ones $16.90. We reckoned 8 would be enough, so I chose: falafel (x2), chicken shish, chicken shawarma, lamb shish, lamb kofta, beef shish and grilled fish.

Sabbaba: Filling options

If you’re after a combo, apart from the plates there’s the choice of pita pockets and bowls.

Sabbaba: Combo options

Other savoury options include bagels, sandwiches, foldovers, and borekas (pastries).

Sabbaba: Bagels and foldovers

Sabbaba: Bagels and folders

Sabbaba: Borekas

There’s also the signature falafel pocket, which I’m curious about and will have to come back for.

Sabbaba: Signature falafel pockets & how to Sabbaba

Salads and veggies are fresh and there’s a healthy variety.

Sabbaba: Salads

Sabbaba: Veggies and extras

Sabbaba is not only a cool casual place to eat in, but they also have great beers available (hello, Little Creatures).

Sabbaba: Walls

Sabbaba: Beers

And there are sweets. Tons of them. As in a diabetic’s nightmare.

Sabbaba: Sweets

Sabbaba: More sweets

We got back to the centre and put the plates on the kitchen bench. People were hungrier than what I thought (I had a hard time taking photos of whole plates) and the meat servings on each plate were quite small. The flavours were very good, though.

Sabbaba: Chicken plate

Sabbaba: Falafel plate

Sabbaba: Lamb shish plate

Sabbaba: Chicken plate

Sabbaba: Pita bread

After dinner we had cakes for Gary’s birthday. His girlfriend Jane, who is a great baker, made a carrot cake and a banana-chocolate swirl cake. And we, pigs, ate them with vanilla ice cream.

Gary's birthday

Gary's birthday: Chocolate-nut cake

Gary's birthday: Carrot cake

148 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

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