Lebanese Food Wine Pairing

Lebanese Food Wine Pairing


Pairing wine with foods is not only based on personal preference, but the popular pairings are based on the quality of the wine and the tastes of the dishes that they best complement. Since there are many wine varieties that are best paired with certain dishes, plus we all have different palates, why not experience a selection of wines to discover what you like. As you enjoy a full-course meal, your tastes will change, and you’ll be looking for that perfect drink to match your taste.

As a halal restaurant that serves authentic Lebanese food in Victoria Park, we offer a variety of hot and cold dishes which are rich in taste, especially in herbs and spices. And as a BYO restaurant in Victoria Park, we recommend having full-bodied red wine or high-acid white wine to balance our spicy dishes, while our variety of desserts will make a regular dry wine taste bitter and yet richer.

Every full-course meal starts with an appetizer or as you call in Arabic, the mezza. At Elie’s Tent, our mezza ranges from salads to dips as well as light foods like Falafel and Batata Coriander and the likes. One of our specialities is the Lebanese Garden Salad and Tabbouleh, which is a favourite among many. Our recipe of Hummus with matching Lebanese bread is a dish that people can’t get enough of especially when paired with wine or drinks of your choice.

For the mezza, light-bodied white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Verdejo is best paired with Hummus because the aggressive citrus flavour of the wine compliments the nutty flavour of Hummus which comes from chickpeas blended with tahini sauce and herbs & spices. Tabbouleh is also best paired with light-bodied white wine because the acidity of the wine brings out the natural and fresh taste of burghul or crushed wheat mixed with fresh diced tomato, parsley, diced onion and herbs and spices tossed in lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
If you fancy Chardonnay or Sémillion with your appetiser, the strong and deep-fried taste of Falafel made from beans, fresh onion, garlic, parsley and secret spices, and Batata Coriender’s pan-fried diced potato tossed in fresh coriander, garlic, lemon juice and chili flakes, best suits this full-bodied, dry white wine to balance the tropical flavours of the wines.


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For the main dish, we serve a variety of lamb, chicken and seafood, but our speciality is the Shawarma Laham, which is lamb tenderloin marinated with our secret recipe and grilled on the spit. For lamb and chicken dishes, we recommend full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Malbec. Full-bodied red wine has higher alcohol content compared to other wine that is why red wine is best consumed with a hearty meal.
Aside from seafood, lamb and chicken, we also serve vegan and vegetarian dishes like our Vegetarian Stew, which is a chef-recommended dish at Elie’s Tent. Beans and pepper taste best with a sparkling wine like Rosé or a medium red wine like Zinfandel. Root vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and potato go well with full-bodied white wine or aromatic white wine like Sémillion and Albariño.
For dessert, we have assorted Bookasha, and assorted Baclawa made with thin slices of filo dough put together with sweet honey topped with pistachio nuts. Dessert wine or a sweet Riesling or Chenin Blanc, as well as a nice Sauternes, Tawny Port or Muscat, go well with sugary food since the sweet taste of these dishes brings out the richness of these wines.


lebanese food wine pairingAt Elie’s Tent, you can enjoy a variety of your favourite wines for a small corkage fee. Experience authentic and fine cuisines with wine pairings that will bring out the savoury and fresh taste of Lebanese food and the tannin of wine. But since Elie’s Tent is a family-friendly restaurant, we also offer other non-alcoholic beverages like sparkling water, juice and soft drinks.

And what better way to round-off the experience, than with Elie’s own blend of Lebanese coffees. 


We are open Mondays to Thursdays from 11 am to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 11 pm, and Sundays from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. For reservations, please contact us on (08) 6111 4145 or visit the reservations page to book online. We accept bookings for private events and we do catering services as well.

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