Walking into Barzaari, the smell of meat barbecuing and charcoal burning immediately stuns you into a stupor. The restaurant sits in on Marrickville’s industrious Addison Road and provides a Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean food oasis. Andrew Jordanou, co-owner of Barzaari describes the restaurant as: “an eatery from the bazaars of the Middle East and filled with furniture from 2016.”
“You know we looked around Marrickville and saw all the great places to eat for breakfast and for lunch and thought, lets give them somewhere to have dinner.” He explained.
Andrew grew up in the hospitality industry; his family owned restaurants and café’s throughout his childhood, before he himself worked in cafés across Sydney. Darryl Martin, the restaurants co-owner and Head Chef has also spent the last 20 years in hospitality.
Darryl describes the restaurant as “an Australian interpretation of what we know through my wife’s family and Andrew’s family.”
“I think that being prepared is the most important aspect of starting and having a restaurant.” Darryl continued.
“But you’ve also got to be able to have fun while you’re doing it, you’ve got to be able to have a laugh.”
Having fun and being hospitable in the typical Mediterranean style typifies the attitudes of both Andrew and Darryl who spearhead the restaurants serious yet relaxed and approachable feel.
“Watching people enjoy themselves is what it’s about. You know, we can’t please everyone, but we can please most.” Andrew points out.
You can visit Andrew and Darryl at Barzaari on Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30pm till late for dinner and Friday and Sunday from midday to 3:00pm for lunch.