Al Aseel is a hugely popular Middle Eastern (more specifically Lebanese) restaurant with 6 locations across Sydney. This year, they’ve opened a new location in Bankstown at the Sports club, one of the largest clubs in NSW. It has a family friendly atmosphere and is a huge space to bring communities together.
The dining space is voluminous with soaring glass panelled ceilings, and plenty of natural light which provides the setting for a lovely weekend lunch. Spacious and modern, a padded fabric wall extends the length of the restaurant on one side, facing a stuccoed wall on the other, with gigantic hanging wicker and turquoise fabric lamp shades, and potted greenery positioned on shelving providing colour, and contributing to the feeling of dining in a greenhouse. Rather than feeling impersonal, the large space is cleverly sectioned into different dining zones with a curtained off area providing a private group dining space.
For their food offerings, it’s an absolute feast and recommended sharing style with so many options available. Al Aseel offers Lebanese classics from hommos, kibbeh and sambousek, to tabouli, shawarma and mansaf, with everything exquisitely presented.
The dip platter features a quartet of dips, with each distinctively garnished – chickpeas on the hommus, eggplant on the baba ghanouj and beetroot on the beetroot dip – and presented on a wooden board, with olives, zaatar kaak, and bread.
For some of the warm entrees we really liked the Arnabeet (fried cauliflower, tahini, crushed walnuts) and Ladies Finger. They have varieties of the Ladies Finger cheese mix & parsley, or basturma & cheese or minced meat & cheese. Crispy outside and a delicious filling makes for a good starter.
From the mouth watering grill, there’s Chicken & Meat Shawarma, Shish Tawook, Lemon & Garlic Chicken and Kafta Mishwe skewers. The Lemon & Garlic Chicken was well portioned, flavoured with a generous amount of the sauce, perfect to have with rice or breads.
The show stopper is the slow cooked lamb shank with tomato mansaf rice. When prodded with a fork, the lamb falls off the bone onto a mound of fragrant rice, with toasted almonds, pistachios and cashews adding crunch and texture. It is at once a wholesome and decadent dish.
If you’re not sure what to order, their Banquet option might suit you. At $55 per person, the it includes hommos, baba ghanouj, tabouli, fattoush, falafel, kibbe meat, sambousek
cheese, batata bi kizbara, skewers of laham mishwe, shish tawook and kafta mishwe and rice for a minimum 4 people. A good option for a group to save the stress of deciding what to order.
There is plenty for everyone at Al Aseel, and it’s popularity for family gatherings, special occasion dining and casual dining among couples and friends was evident the day we dined.
Bankstown Sports Club
8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown
Mon -Tuesday: 11am–3pm daily and 5pm-9pm
Wed- Thursday: 11am–3pm daily and 5pm-9:30pm
Friday: 11am–3pm daily and 5pm-10pm
Sat – Sun: 11am-10pm