Review: Tayim Restaurant and Bar
34 Harrington street, Nurses Walk, The Rocks NSW 2000
Monday to Friday 6:30am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am -11:30pm
02 8220 9952
Sydney’s newest restaurant with a modern twist to Middle Eastern cuisine.
The word Tayim itself, means “taste” in Hebrew, and that’s exactly what the restaurant does: provide just a taste of diverse, aromatic flavours, tantalising your taste buds to come back for more.
Head Chef, Ran Kimelfeld, designed the menu and brought out a range of finger food on bold share plates consisting of pita, warm Hummus ($18), Labneh, Olives($8), Almonds and lightly salted vegetables. Waiters were also floating around with canapés that held Lamb, Beef and Chicken Koftas ($20-$23), Mushroom Borekas ($21), Sardine Sandwiches ($18), Grilled Sweetcorn ($6), Baba Ganoush, Falafel ($12), Roasted Figs paired with Radicchio, Goats’ Cheese and Chardonnay Dressing($14), and Layali Lubnan- Semolina Rose Pudding accompanied with Pistachio Meringue and Summer Berries ($15).
Since opening on Friday to the public, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you’ll see these ingredients combined into an array of more substantial dishes.
In terms of drinks, the bar served Moroccan-inspired concoctions. The Mojito was infused with Middle Eastern flavours, and was quite refreshing. Although the cocktail had a harsh aftertaste, it was no longer apparent after a couple of drinks! My favourite was the Saffron Grapefruit Martini, which both smelt and tasted like a flower.
The venue is what made the experience all the more better. The stone walls and minimalistic interior offers a classy and timeless aesthetic, and creates a comfortable atmosphere where one can bask in the glow of the dimmed lights, lounge on the couches or prop up at a marble-clad table.
So if you’re looking for a cultural food experience, be sure to check this place out!