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Savour the taste of Lebanon in Mermaid Waters

Shawarma Lamb & Jounieh Bay Cocktail, Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Shawarma Lamb & Jounieh Bay Cocktail, Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Finding worldly food — and great worldly food at that — is a breeze these days on the Gold Coast. We have it all. Grab your globe, give it a spin and wherever your finger lands, you can let your tastebuds be transported. One such cuisine you will no doubt love is from Lebanon. Although in recent times, it’s a fair comment to say it has been underrepresented in our fair city and, to be honest, that’s a crime against cuisine.

Jaybriell’s is the newly-opened flavour-packed Lebanese eatery in Mermaid Waters, taking your tastebuds on a journey! And we insist anyone with a well-travelled palate should be making serious considerations to check it out.

Centrally located at the Mermaid Waters Shopping Village on Markeri Street, making your way to this haven of taste is easy work. Once arrived, you’ll find the restaurant is a humble ode to clean and minimalistic décor: with fresh white walls, beige seating and subtle hints of the Middle East for the observant eye. Least to say, the setting is dreamy and sets the scene perfectly for the impending flavours.

Jaybriell's interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Jaybriell's interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The essence here is to make and serve fully authentic Middle Eastern food, no bars held. Fresh and housemade across the entire menu.

The food offering has elements of sharing alongside dedicated mains — perfect if you feel like a particular dish requires your undivided attention. Mezza (small) plates are divided into hot and cold sections and the best way to start things off would be with their homemade Hummus — can’t stop dipping, won’t stop dipping. Next, you could then sample some Fried Cauliflower in a speciality (secret) sauce before tackling a traditional Shawarma Lamb plate with smokey, fresh tangs of marinated meat straight from the chargrill. Quite frankly, the options are vast, and we think being tactically hangry is the only way to arrive at Jaybriell’s.

If mouth-watering morsels weren’t enough, then a drinks list with a collection of speciality cocktails is sure to round things off. Aptly named with Lebanon in mind, you can select martini style drinks like the striking Jounieh Bay with Blue Alize, or if you like to take things slow and sip away, then the Beirut Sunset with lashings of vodka and Raspberry liqueur is likely more your thing.

Jaybriell's Shawarma Chicken & Shu Hal Arak Cocktail, Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Jaybriell's Shawarma Chicken & Shu Hal Arak Cocktail, Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Currently open every day and serving lunches through the weekend, the last three weeks have seen a flurry of overly satisfied patrons. Currently, the owners have some under the radar plans which they shared with us. They intend to create family-style Sunday lunches where kids will be made most welcome, incorporating the large park area to the rear of the restaurant — meaning everyone can enjoy themselves over great food without a hitch. Watch this space, people!

When: Monday — Wednesday 5pm – late and Thursday — Sunday 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm

Where: 7a/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Beirut Sunset, Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Beirut Sunset, Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

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