16 November, 2023
From Mezze to Shawarma: Exploring Lebanese Catering Menu Must-Haves

One of the best ways to find a reliable and high-quality catering service is by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have previously used a Lebanese catering service. Sydney provides some of the best Lebanese restaurant catering food services one can get, bringing Beirut closer. With these restaurants catering to any crowd, one can get them delivered to the office, home, or any event.

Lebanese catering services offer many must-haves, such as meats, vegan-friendly dishes, grilled tucker, and deep-fried delights from mezze to shawarma. Lebanese catering services are the best if the occasion caters to those with diverse dietary needs. There’s truly something for everyone when it comes to Lebanese catering.

It is no secret that Lebanese culture is home to large families and even larger gatherings, which is why they are the perfect choice when it comes to catering for any event. Lebanese restaurant catering services in Australia are becoming increasingly popular, bringing a solid cultural influence to the people of Sydney – making Lebanese cuisine the ultimate choice!

Sharing is caring! This term explains Lebanese cuisine perfectly. When indulging in a Lebanese feast, one will discover that meals are made for sharing, and there is always excess food! Enough for everyone to get a taste of everything.

Bursting with flavour and transporting your taste buds to another world, your plate will be complete. Not once, not twice, maybe even three times!

Must-haves that Lebanese catering services in Sydney provide:


Every Lebanese meal starts with mezze, a selection of small, flavourful dishes served as starters. Mezze is an essential component of any Lebanese catering menu.

  1. Hommos: Creamy, silky, and rich in flavour, hommos is a beloved Lebanese dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.
  2. Baba Ghannouj: Another dip, baba ghannouj, is made from roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic.
  3. Tabbouli: a refreshing salad from finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, onions, and bulgur wheat. Tabbouli is dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.
  4. Falafel: These deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas or fava beans are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  5. Kibbeh: A delicious blend of minced meat (lamb) and bulgur wheat, kibbeh can be shaped into balls or patties and fried to a golden brown.

Main Course

While mezze is an experience, the main course in Lebanese catering menus is equally impressive.

  1. Shawarma: It is made by marinating slices of meat (either lamb or chicken) in a flavourful blend of spices. These cuts of the cooked meat are served with pita bread with grilled tomato, grilled onion, tahini sauce, garlic dip and chilli bread.
  2. Kafta: Known for their juiciness and flavour, this dish is grilled to perfection. The skewers of kafta are chargrilled minced lamb mixed with parsley, onion and mixed spices, served with grilled tomato and onion, tahini sauce and chilli bread.
  3. Kousa (stuffed zucchini): Lebanese cuisine excels at creating stuffed vegetables, especially the delicious kousa (stuffed zucchini). Grey zucchinis filled with rice, ground meat, and spices, and cooked in rich, tomato sauce.
  4. Samki Beirutiyeh: A Lebanese recipe with a fresh, contemporary twist using Australian seared barramundi fillet. This dish is topped with spicy tomato salsa and roasted mixed nuts.

Sweet Endings

No Lebanese meal is complete without indulging in some delectable desserts.

  1. Baklava: Layers of filo pastry filled with chopped cashews and sweetened with syrup topped with crushed pistachios.
  2. Knafe: A dessert made from a fine semolina base, layered with cheese and baked until golden, topped with bread crumbs and pistachio, served with sweet syrup.

Lebanese catering menus are a feast for the senses, offering diverse dishes that cater to various tastes and dietary preferences. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or a casual gathering with mates and family, incorporating these Lebanese culinary gems into your catering menu will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression and have your guests savouring the flavours of Lebanon.

At Zahli Restaurant, rest assured we will tailor our services to best suit your catering needs and guests. Our team provides you with a fast paced service that offers you the best customised packages to suit your budget and dietary preferences.

So, from mezze to shawarma, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the richness of Lebanese cuisine with us and share it with those you cherish.