Let’s be honest. Yum Cha is the foundation of pretty much all amazing food comas ever so it should come as no shock that we’ve already popped on our loosest-fitting clothing ever and cancelled all other plans.
Apart from serving up the best damn burnt-butter hummus ever, the Lebanese institution known as Thievery is doing your hungry bellies a solid and serving up one heck of a feast for the whole of October. Yes, these legends are bringing back their take on Middle Eastern yum cha and if you thought last year was big, just wait for this time around.
Inspired by his travels through Asia, executive chef Julian Cincotta will be replacing the current contemporary Middle Eastern menu at Thievery with a menu drawing on traditional yum cha flavours. This year's menu is an elevated version of last years knock-out menu.
Your standouts include the baba ganoush dumplings, Lebanese prawn toast with zhoug (a fermented chilli sauce from Yemen) and sumac (a sweet and sour berry spice from the Middle East), CFC (Chinese fried chicken) with ginger and shallots and twice-cooked ras el hanout duck with carob, ginger and caramel.
Dessert options look like a mango ice-cream pancake and steamed Cantonese za‘atar cake that resembles a classic sticky date pudding, but with added za’atar spice.
As for the boozy line-up, expect cocktails like the Hennessy green tea mojito, served in a large teapot and to be shared with mates, a lychee margarita and the real heavy-hitter—a Hennessy bubble milk tea concoction.
On top of the dedicated yum cha menu, Thievery’s Bottomless Brunch offering will also continue and you’ll be able to add free-flowing green tea sangria for $32 per person 90-minutes. There’ll also be a feast set-menu for $58 per person, which includes a shared selection of our nine yum cha dishes (vegetarian option $52 per person) during dinner.
For more details, head here.
What: Middle Eastern Yum Cha
When: Wednesday 9 October until Sunday 10 November
Where: Thievery, Glebe
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