Raed Malas and Dorrie Krahe opened Du Liban Marrickville, their first bakery, in April 2015. Since then they've added three further outlets.
Concrete floors, timber tables and succulents in jars give Du Liban – translated from French to mean “of Lebanon” – a rustic and minimalist vibe. The spaces provide the perfect palette for a bakery and cafe menu that experiments with modern, Middle Eastern and French influences.
At the breakfast table, ful medames, a traditional fava bean-based Middle Eastern dish, sits alongside French eggs and bircher muesli. Za’atar manoush, a popular Levantine snack, is also a breakfast option. These round flatbreads are baked on the premises with organic flour and topped with Lebanese za’atar.
For lunch, the za’atar manoush is wrapped around a variety of vegetarian and meat combinations, including chicken, lamb, mint, olives and yoghurt. Salads and dips balance out the pies and other baked goods also on offer.
The coffee blend, selected by Krahe from a local micro-roaster, complements the menu well. Don’t leave without sampling one of the sweet things turned out by the pastry chef who trained at Lenôtre in Paris.