Most Sydney siders wouldn’t even know where Mount Lewis is. The tiny suburb is tucked in-between Greenacre and Bankstown. Hidden in the suburbs of south-west Sydney is a local set of shops, home to a small set of shops that hold a range of Middle Eastern specialties, from Gebran’s Lebanese Restaurant to the corner Manoosh shop Mt Lewis Pizzeria. Among them is Sea Sweets, a Lebanese sweets shop that has nestled itself into the middle-eastern community over the last 8 Years. Sea Sweets has made a name for itself with the Lebanese local community as one of the best spots for traditional Lebanese sweets such as Maamoul, Baklava and Knefe.
The differences between Lebanese sweets, compared to other Arabic nations are the French influence on the way they approach pastry, The French influences are everywhere, from the Arabic version of ‘Autumn Leaves’ playing in the store, to the three clocks on the walls displaying the time in Paris, Beirut and Sydney.
The displays at Sea sweets are immaculately kept with the usual suspects of Lebanese pastries displayed. The most popular sweet is the Knefe, a sweet cheese, covered in orange syrup that is cut and served in bread. Knefe is traditionally eaten at breakfast, the staff assured me that people come in: “All morning, until 11 at night people come in to the store for Knefe.”
Sea sweets don’t only make traditional Lebanese sweets, they also make, a range of French inspired pastries, from Éclairs, to Chocolate Boule. It’s a nod to traditional Lebanon, a nod to French patisseries and a nod to the community it services.
177 Wattle St, Mt Lewis NSW 2190.
Phone: 1300 90 80 70