Tayim is not the sort of restaurant you would walk past on your way to work, or back home. Located on Nurses Walk, it’s hidden among the labyrinthine lanes and alleys of Sydney’s Rocks precinct. You might struggle to find it even if you’re looking for it. But patience and perseverance are suitably rewarded when you finally arrive at this dashing new establishment with a gorgeous bar, an on-site bakery and two sandstone-clad dining rooms (one with a long communal table and an open grill).
Former head chef of Nour Ran Kimelfeld has been roped in to head the kitchen at this Middle Eastern eatery, which means the food is just as impressive as the venue. Kick off the feast with the Tayim plate – a massive entrée fit for two and featuring bread, hummus, tahini, tomato relish, labneh, olives, pickled vegetables and perfectly crunchy falafels.
A main course of chermoula-spiced rainbow trout, a side of grilled corn with Tunisian spices and a dessert of semolina rose pudding are also excellent dishes, but it’s the lamb kofta – beautifully spiced and butter-soft – that wins our vote for the best dish.
Atmosphere: Elegant yet relaxed; refined yet laidback
Best for: First dates, intimate dinners and small-group catch-ups
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Standout dish: Lamb kofta
Open: Seven days for lunch and dinner
Address: 4 Harrington Street, Nurses Walk, The Rocks
Phone number: (02) 8220 9999