The first Japanese-Lebanese restaurant, Cubby’s Kitchen, opens in Sydney

Cubby’s Kitchen, Sydney’s first restaurant serving Lebanese food with a modern Japanese influence, launched on Thursday 25 August 2016.

The restaurant is owned by Matt Yazbek, who after making the restaurants Toko, Tokonoma and Crown Street Fish Shop a success. has turned his attention to cooking the food he grew up with. Inspired by his mother’s home cooking, Matt, his sisters Amanda and Diala, and brother Richard have opened a restaurant named after her. His mother, Mouna, is affectionately known as Cubby.

During the launch party, guests were entertained by drummers playing traditional Lebanese music while Matt’s sisters, Amanda and Diala, danced.

Guests were served modern Lebanese canapes including: pita bread with hummus, eddamme and chilli oil; lamb kofta; smoked labne; ladies fingers; vegetable kebabs; and chicken legs.

Drinks included pomegranate mojito, Lebanese Almaza pilsener beer, Kapuka Malborough pinor noir, and Cape Margaret semillion sauvignon blanc.

Special guests at the launch included footballer friends of Matt, Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough, and Masterchef contestants and chefs Justine Schofield and Alvin Quah.

Cubby’s Kitchen is currently a pop-up that is taking up half the space occupied by Crown Street Fish Shop at 500 Crown Street Surry Hills. In time, it will occupy a bigger and more permanent location.

Cubby’s Kitchen is open from Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm till late.

For more information, go to: cubbyskitchen.com.au

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