Belly dancing at El- Phoenician

Belly dancing
Belly dancing

Last week the Mongolian and I went faraway to the far flung city of Parramatta for a Lebanese dinner at El-Phoenician. Funny how small this world is, through our extended relationships we know two people who work here.

One of my friends recommended I get dips with fried bread, tabouli, rocket salad, chicken and lamb skewers and chicken wings; while the Mongolian’s link to the restaurant recommended the mixed platter. We ended up ordering the latter because it had everything my friend liked anyway.

The food came really quickly…

The mojito wasn't too strong
The mojito wasn’t too strong
Assorted dips - hummas, Lebanese yoghurt, babaganoush
Assorted dips – hummas, Lebanese yoghurt (so rich and creamy), pickles/olives/feta and babaganoush. Flat bread and fried bread is also served.
I didn't quite understand why my friend recommended something so ordinary as the rocket salad. But once I tasted it, I understood why. It was very simple, but done very well with just olive oil dressing and sundried tomatoes. The best part was the rocket which felt super fresh and great texture. The tabouli was also really delicious. Extremely tangy.
I didn’t quite understand why my friend recommended something so ordinary as the rocket salad. But once I tasted it, I understood why. It was very simple, but done very well with just olive oil dressing and sundried tomatoes. The best part was the rocket which tasted super fresh and great texture. The tabouli was also really delicious, extremely tangy.
Garlic prawns, oysters, salt and pepper calarmari
Garlic prawns were massive, tender and amazing, oysters, salt and pepper calamari
Chicken and Lamb skewers with garlic aoli and potatoes baked to perfection
Chicken and Lamb skewers with a spicy and pungent garlic aioli (or it could have just been pure grated garlic considering out spicy it was) and baked potatoes that made me swoon.

Totally stuffed, around 9pm, the much anticipated belly dancing performance started. There were three dancers, including a male dancer (surprise surprise) who had super sexy moves and a great smile. I loved how they weren’t just performing for us but got the audience involved in every song.

The sexy male dancer skips over to our end, twirling a golden staff, I take a few photos of him and am about to start filming when he stops turning and faces me with a stern face and arms crossed. I thought I committed some performance copyright violation, but no, he just wants me to dance with him.

I don't know what we were doing here. I was too busy laughing.
I don’t know what we were doing here. I was too busy laughing.
Some shimmying. Yea~ I could do this
Some shimmying. Yea~ I could do this
A hip move
A hip move I completely failed at.

The Mongolian was extremely amused to say the least.

The dinner slightly digested from dancing and laughing, the Mongolian can’t help but order dessert.

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Lady’s Arms – filo pastry with clotted cream. Reminds me of a sweet, creamy spring roll.

The service was also fantastic, everyone was really friendly. When I was paying the bill, the lady starts chatting to me, and the Mongolian thought I knew her purely from the way she spoke to me.

Definitely will be researching on belly dancing classes and be back to impress that sexy dancer.

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