I don’t think that I could ever get tired of eating Lebanese food. Having gone to Jasmins on a previous occasion, and thoroughly enjoying that experience, a suggest was brought up on Twitter to check out Al Aseel, as it was implied that the food here was good, and possibly in the same league as Jasmins. If you’ve been to Jasmins, that’s saying quite a lot.
Does Al Aseel have what it takes to meet, or better yet, exceed the quality and value of Jasmins?
The mixed grill plate ($20). The “I want a bit of everything” or “I don’t really know what I want” sort of meal, which along with the complementary side dish and flat bread (more prominent in the opening image), serves as quite a hearty meal for one or a decent meal for two if you don’t happen to be big eaters.
The grilled meats of chicken, lamb and lamb kafta are moist, flavourful, & smokey delicous. The accompaniments aside from those mentioned previously are (from L to R) hommus dip, falafel, tabouleh, a small container of toum (garlic dip), baba ganoush dip, and a little parcel of deep fried pastry with a minced lamb filling, the name of which elludes both my memory and notes. All of these are nice too for the most part.
Sadly, however, for me Al Aseel doesn’t quite make the muster in two areas.
Firstly, the falafel pictured above is, at least by comparison, pales in comparison to the ones served as Jasmins. Though the falafel are cooked to order, the crust is more crispy than crunchy, lacking the delightful bite that is so revered with Jasmin’s version. The centre is also rather dry, requiring the aid of a dip or a beverage as an accompaniment to serve as lubrication.
The other area is that of price. For an additional $7 (at the time of the post), there was less perceived value in my mind at Al Aseel than what can be obtained at Jasmins for cheaper and better.
This is not to diminish the meal at Al Aseel. Overall, it was still a good meal, as advised, and one I could see myself going to again.
Well, only if Jasmins was closed.
If you’ve dined at Al Aseel before, or if you know of a good place to get a mixed grill plate such as the one in the post, I would love to read your thought on it.
4/173 Waterloo Rd, Greenacre
02 9758 6744
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