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Tahini is dishing up authentic Lebanese cuisine in Melbourne

Melbourne's worst kept secrets are the delights hidden within its labyrinthian laneways. 

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Eugene Canty

Tahini is a prime example if ever one existed – conveniently located in the heart of the city. In a true tribute to Lebanese culture, everyone is encouraged to eat together at large communal tables, although there are individual tables available to those who prefer them.
 
Inside, you'll witness the theatrics of the open kitchen, where you can watch as your meal is prepared in a blur of movement and colour.
 
The massive range of grills, salads, dips and other items can be combined to share with any number of people. The level of dedication to providing a genuine Lebanese experience is exemplified in the falafel, accompanied by house-made tahini sauce, which took several months of experimentation to perfect its flavour.
 
Two of the favourites at Tahini are the souffra – a selection of small dishes both hot and cold that together form a massive feast, and the tablieh – your choice of a toasted wrap with side helpings of salad, pickles, dip and fries. 
 
Get in early at 9am to enjoy a Lebanese breakfast tablieh, complete with smashed eggs, labneh (Lebanese yoghurt), fūl (a Lebanese bean dish), sahen khodra (a refreshing salad consisting of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives, mint, radish and pickles), halloumi, bread and olives. When it comes to dessert, you can rejoice in the tasty treat of baklava French toast, topped with fresh vanilla ice cream and grenadine syrup. On top of this, there's also cocktails and an extensive wine list, constantly rotating with sulphur-free Lebanese, French and Victorian-made offerings. There's always something new to try, and plenty of old favourites to keep you coming back. 

Check out Tahini on 518 Little Burke St, Melbourne.