Middle Eastern Yum-Cha in August

Middle Eastern Yum-Cha in August

Thievery transforms into a Middle Eastern Yum Cha Restaurant for the month of August.

(Thievery’s Middle Eastern Yum Cha will run from 7th of August – 29th of September. Bookings are essential.)

For one month only, Thievery will be transformed into a Middle Eastern Yum Cha Restaurant taking customers on a fictional food journey through the Middle East and Asia.

Inspired by his recent travels through Asia, executive chef Julian Cincotta will be replacing the current contemporary Middle Eastern menu at Thievery with a menu drawing on flavours and forms from the infamous Yum Cha.  Prepare to be seduced by an explosion of flavours from the Middle East and China. This is Yum Cha but not as you know.

The Dim Sum menu is a beautiful balance between two different parts of the world. Inspired by the traditional Chinese Dim Sum offering and incorporating unique flavours and spices from all over the Middle East.  Some stand our dishes include the Baba Ganoush Dumplings, Middle Eastern Salt & Pepper Bug Tails, Lamb Kafta Pancakes, Twice Cooked Ras El Hanout Duck with Carob, Ginger & Caramel, and Bastourma spiced Char Sui Lamb Cutlets. Dessert options include a Chinese Donut Bun with Rose & Pistachio and Steamed Cantonese Cake with Za‘atar.

“The idea of a late night dinner, sharing multiple small dishes with your friends have always been something that I loved and that is why I am beyond excited for this one-month restaurant transformation.” Julian Cincotta says. “The Middle Eastern flavours pair well when combined with the more traditional Chinese Dim Sum style of food. For some people, it might sound crazy to combine these two cuisines but you should not knock it until you try it.

The literal translation of Yum Cha meaning to ‘drink tea’ has not been overlooked. Doug Livingstone, Thievery’s Bar Manager has created a unique drink selection including tea cocktails in large teapots which are designed to be shared with good friends. Cocktail teapots include Green Tea with Sloe Gin, Elderflower & Lemon, Turkish Sour Cherry Iced Tea with Rye Whisky and a Hot Buttered Chai with Rum & Spices (served hot).

We will be offering a la carte or a set menu for $53 which includes a selection of our 11 favourite dishes. For clarity, this is during dinner sessions and brunch on Saturday.

Thievery’s regular menu will not be available during our Middle Eastern Yum Cha takeover.


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