Saturday 21 September 2019

Syra, Hobart

After a few of our friends had recommended a new restaurant that opened earlier this year in Hobart, we decided that we had to check out Syra. This Middle Eastern restaurant is tucked away in Salamanca Square, and if you're keen to head to dinner here, I definitely recommend booking a couple of days in advance, as it can be hard to get a table at this popular spot.

We managed to get a booking on a Friday night for 7:30pm, and were greeted by friendly waitstaff who took our drinks orders promptly as we checked out the menu. The menu is designed to share, so we decided to start with a couple of the smaller dishes - the fried cauliflower with pistachio, tahini baby figs and toasted sesame seed, and the charred sweet potato with almond, labne and pomegranate molasses.

We also thought we'd try a couple of the larger, meatier dishes, and went with the 12 hour lamb shoulder with spiced hummus and pistachio tabbouleh, as well as the black angus beef with shawarma spiced shakshuka, toum and potato.

The various flavours of the cauliflower and sweet potato dishes were delicious (particularly the saltiness of the cauliflower paired with the sweet figs), and the serving sizes were very generous, which did mean that when the lamb and beef came to the table, we could only eat a small portion of them, and as we had spotted a chocolate lava cake on the dessert menu, we decided it would be best to take home the remainder of the mains so we could enjoy them for lunch the next day. The beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked lamb paired really well with the spicy hummus, and the black angus beef was cooked perfectly and the tangy yet fresh shakshuka was an excellent accompaniment to the beef.

As mentioned, we couldn't turn down the opportunity to try the chocolate molten cake with hazelnut booza and toasted hazelnut. The molten cake was baked just the right amount, so that when pierced with a fork, the gooey inside oozed out onto the board. The hazelnut icecream was a great flavour combination to balance the richness of the dark chocolate cake.

If you are in Hobart and are looking for some good quality, Middle Eastern food, I would definitely recommend giving the friendly staff at Syra a call the next time you feel like enjoying a delicious meal out.