Byblos Restaurant and Bar
124 Donnison St, Gosford, NSW
02 4324 6006
Take a journey through Lebanon at Byblos Restaurant and Bar, where culture and tradition collide to deliver a truly unforgettable experience. Located in a picturesque park in the middle of Gosford’s CBD, this family owned restaurant is injecting a taste of the Middle East into New South Wales’ Central Coast.
The unique venue takes its name from the ancient, seaside town of Byblos, but there’s nothing old about its offerings. Owners, Leanda and Tony Dexter, have kept its origins alive with a fresh approach to traditional Lebanese cuisine. As Head Chef, Tony has injected more than 35 years of classic experience in the industry into the menu, offering a diverse selection that everyone will enjoy.
Leanda and Tony’s son, Jordan, joins his father in the kitchen, adding to the close-knit vibe that pervades the restaurant. Together with their staff, the trio has created a relaxed and casual space where customers can enjoy friendly service with a distinctly Middle Eastern twist.
The family takes advantage of the great produce in the surrounding areas, supporting local suppliers and making as much as possible from scratch. Fruit and vegetable growers based in Mangrove Mountain provide the restaurant’s fresh ingredients, while their meats and seafood are also always locally sourced. An award-winning cheesemaker completes the package, ensuring the kitchen team presents the very best dishes, made with the very best produce.
The lunch and dinner offerings are best enjoyed through one of the set menus, designed to give diners a taste of the most popular dishes. It includes classic delicacies such as tabouleh and shish tawouk, which combines sautéed chunks of chicken with a spiced tomato marinade served on a bed of Lebanese rice with browned vermicelli, almonds and pine nuts.
The set menu isn’t your only option at Byblos. You can sample the tastes of Lebanon through its a la carte offering, which starts with dips and ends with dessert. Take the guesswork out of choosing a starter by ordering the dip tasting plate, with labneh, hommous and baba ghannouj. Move onto the lighter options, where traditional vine leaves await, or go straight for the meats and seafood, where Beirut lamb, kafta skewers, garlic and lemon chicken and spiced prawns are all available to nibble on.
When most people think of Lebanese desserts, the first thought is baklava. However, Byblos goes above and beyond in the sweet department, combining traditional flavours with modern techniques in dishes like citrus blossom crème brulee and halawa ice cream.
This considered approach extends to their beverage offerings with cider from the Blue Mountains and mineral water from the Snowy Mountains available to quench your thirst.
Whether visiting with friends or entertaining a date, the large deck overlooking the park is the perfect spot to enjoy great company and a magical spot at night as the park lights brighten the sky.
If leaving home seems too hard, Byblos has a fantastic take away menu, meaning you can enjoy its delights from the comfort of your couch. Just be warned – with a menu as diverse as this, choosing just what to eat will be difficult!