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A taste of the Middle East


About Us

Growing up in a big Lebanese family, enjoying delicious food and offering warm hospitality to guests have always been a major part of our lives. Our culture is all about sharing good food, memorable stories and cherished moments and our aim is to replicate that on a day to day basis at Zaatar, now a much-loved Coburg establishment. As a proud family-run business, we love to bring the community together and introduce a taste of Middle East to you via mouth-watering share plates. We want you to feel warm and welcomed as you celebrate life over our range of Middle Eastern fare, all of which we make onsite daily to order.

We are heavily involved with charities and special causes all year around; in particular, we fund raise for the Good Friday Appeal every year. In 2016 we collaborated with the Sydney Knafeh bakers in 2016 and raised over $31,000; in 2017 raised over $51,000 in collaboration with Knafeh Bakery; and our latest Good Friday Appeal in 2018 raised over $52,000 thanks to the help of our team of volunteers and businesses such as Ena Greek Street Food, A1 Bakery and Vintage Ice Cream truck.

We are proud to have been featured on various media publications and TV shows such as Postcards when top Melbourne chefs Shane Delia and Joseph Abboud visited. We were also delighted to host Masterchef judges Gary, Matt and George when they visited this year to sample our food and chat with our mum!

Charlie and Jeff Elrahi, co-owners of Zaatar

We look forward to seeing you at Zaatar Bakery and Café!


What is Zaatar?

Quite simply, it is a delicious combination of thyme, sesame seeds, oregano, sumac, salt and other spices, zaatar is a popular spice mix that’s eaten in all Middle Eastern homes and adored by millions of people around the world. Growing up as kids, we ate it smeared on flatbread as a simple but tasty (not to mention, healthy) snack – think of it as a Middle Eastern version of vegemite! We have our own unique blend of zaatar, made from a closely guarded recipe that’s been passed down through our family for generations.

The Zaatar menu combines the essence of zaatar with a modern spin across a wonderful array of mouth-watering Middle Eastern dishes for everyone to enjoy. We use only the freshest ingredients to prepare your meal that’s made to order, right in front of your eyes. Whether you’re a dining customer or want to buy our goods wholesale, we warmly invite you to come in, experience familial Middle Eastern hospitality and watch your meal being cooked just before you savour it with your tastebuds.

Start your day with our Zaatar breakfast options, with all items made fresh daily onsite.