04 Oct Queen Nour Lights up Crown Street
Sydney Taste Confidential by Grant Jones and Elizabeth Meryment (The Daily Telegraph)
LEBANON-born Ibby Moubadder could not find a restaurant in Sydney like the one he wanted. So he decided to create his own.
I felt as though there was not one Lebanese restaurant in Sydney that was the one where you might go to on a Friday or a Saturday night...
…he says. “There was not the place that is the equivalent of what Alpha and Apollo are to Greek food. “The Lebanese restaurants in Sydney all have the same menu and it’s very stereotypical. When you go there, you know the menu and the design of the restaurant.”
The result of Moubadder’s desire to open a new age Middle Eastern restaurant is Nour, which opens on Friday in the old Tokonoma site on Crown St, Surry Hills. “When it came to design, I wanted nothing that resembled a Lebanese restaurant,” Moubadder says. “I wanted it to be new, to be a collision of cultures and ideas and techniques.”
Nour is the second venue for Moubadder and his partner Eleanor Harris, who already operate Newtown cafe Cuckoo Callay. They have enlisted a variety of Middle Eastern chefs, including Palestinian head chef Nader Shayeb (ex-Moro, London) and Israeli senior sous chef Ran Kimelfeld (ex-Raphael, Tel Aviv).