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Ancient Canaanites

3150 BC -1200 BC

This wall relief from Egypt reveals an image of an ancient Canaanite. The Canaanites were the inhabitants of the ancient land named Canaan. This land now comprises of the present-day regions of western Jordan, southern and coastal Syria and Lebanon continuing up to the border of modern Turkey, Israel and Palestine . The Canaanite people are believed to have been the oldest civilization in human history. The Canaanites were a sophisticated agricultural and urban people. The name Canaan means "Land of Purple" . About 1900 BC, the Canaanites made a remarkable invention, the Alphabet, where they used a 22 letter system for their writing. Through them the Alphabet was transmitted to the Greeks and the rest of the European nations. In addition they invented the most formidable fighting machine of ancient timesthe Chariot; it was pulled along by two horses and manned by two men, one to manoeuvre and the other to shoot arrows. Canaanite mythology marks 'Baal' as the greatest Canaanite deity. He appears as a warrior god, "the prince", lord of earth", and "the Rider on the clouds". He is a thunder and lightening storm-god that sends rain on earth to fertilize "Ishtar", the goddess of earth, to give birth to vegetation. His daughters were 'Mist' and 'Dew', and his father 'Dajan', the personification of corn. The Bible reveals that Canaan was the fourth son of Ham and brother of Mizraim, who is Egypt. It was Canaan, the grandson of Noah who Noah had cursed in Genesis 9:25. The descendants of Canaan are listed in Genesis 10:15-19. The Canaanites actually became a general term for "all the inhabitants" of the land of ancient Israel, and especially to the tribe who dwelt west of the Dead Sea and had conquered the whole area east of the Jordan River.


LUNCH MENU Canaanite Middle Eastern Lunch ENTREES Dips- all served with fresh Lebanese bread Hommus -pureed chickpea with

$7.00

sesame paste and lemon juice Baba Ganouj -chargrilled eggplant pureed with sesame paste, lemon

$7.00

juice and a hint of garlic Labneh -fresh yoghurt cheese dip topped with a swirl of olive oil and

$6.00

dried mint Mixed Dip plate -a tasting plate of all

$12.00

of our freshly handmade traditional dips

Mezza Haloumi Cheese -golden fried strips

$9.00

of haloumi cheese with fresh tomato and cucumber Kabees -mixed pickles and olives

$9.00

Felafal -chickpea fritters flavoured

$6.00

with traditional herbs and served with tahini (sesame) sauce Vine Leaves -stuffed with a mixture

$6.00

of rice, herbs, olive oil and lemon juice Sambousik -short cut pastry crescent filled with a mixture of minced meat, pine nuts and

$8.00

onion Kibbeh Makliyah -fried minced lamb and cracked wheat shells filled with

$9.00

pine nuts, minced lamb and onion Kibeh Nayah -raw minced lamb mixed with traditional herbs and spices Soujouk -spicy lamb sausages

$10.00 $9.00

Salad Tabouli -finely diced parsley, tomato, onion with cracked wheat and olive oil

$7.00

Fattoush -cos lettuce, tomato, cucumber, fresh herbs, fried Lebanese bread with

$7.00

a lemon and vinegar dressing Garden -seasonal fresh mixed salad

MAINS Meshawe -traditional middle eastern meat skewers (2 skewers per serve)

$7.00


LUNCH MENU Lamb Meshawe -diced lamb skewers with hommus and tabouli salad

$12.00

Shish tawook -diced marinated chicken breast skewers with garlic

$10.00

and tabouli salad Kofta Meshawe -minced lamb skewers flavoured with traditional herbs and spices

$10.00

with hommus and tabouli salad Mixed Plate (3 skewers) -one of each meshawe skewer with hommus and tabouli

$14.00

Shawarma -open kebab Shawarma Meat -chargrilled lamb strips served with onion, mixed herbs, capsicum,

$10.00

tahina sauce and bread Shawarma Chicken -marinated grilled chicken served with tomato, garlic sauce and

$10.00

bread

Seafood

Entree

Garlic Prawns -pan-fried prawns in a garlic, olive oil and lemon sauce

$12.00 $18.00

Chilli Prawns -pan-fried prawns in a fresh chilli, olive oil and lemon sauce

$12.00 $18.00

Grilled King Prawns -Char-grilled whole king prawns in shell marinated in garlic,

Main

$26.00

lemon and olive oil with a rocket, baby tomato and balsamic salad Squid -deep fried crispy squid dusted with sumac, lemon and sweet paprika served

$12.00 $18.00

with tartare sauce and fresh rocket Baby Octopus -pan fried baby

$18.00

octopus marinated in lemon juice and herbs entree Samkeh Harah -baked fish fillets glazed with a garlic, chilli, olive oil

$25.00

and tahini sauce and topped with toasted pine nuts and almonds Mixed Seafood Plate -a tasting plate of our most popular seafood dishes which includes garlic prawns, squid, baby octopus and samkeh harah (serves 2 people)

$50.00


DINNER MENU ENTREES Dips Hommus -pureed chickpea with sesame paste and lemon juice

$7.00

Baba Ganouj -chargrilled eggplant pureed with sesame paste, lemon

$7.00

juice and a hint of garlic Labneh -fresh yoghurt dip topped with a swirl of olive oil and dried mint Mixed Dip plate -a tasting plate of all of our freshly handmade traditional dips

$7.00 $14.00

Mezza Haloumi Cheese -golden fried strips of haloumi cheese with fresh tomato and cucumber

$9.00

Feta -fresh feta cheese served on a bed

$9.00

of lettuce and drizzled with olive oil Shankleesh -spiced traditional cheese served with diced tomato, onion and olive oil

$10.00

Kabees -mixed pickles and olives

$9.00

Felafal -chickpea fritters flavoured with traditional herbs and served with tahini (sesame)

$8.00

sauce Vine Leaves -stuffed with a mixture of rice, herbs, olive oil and lemon juice

$8.00

Sambousik -short cut pastry crescent filled with a mixture of minced meat,

$8.00

pine nuts and onion Kibbeh Makliyah -fried minced lamb and cracked wheat shells filled with

$9.00

pine nuts, minced lamb and onion Kibeh Nayah -raw minced lamb mixed with traditional herbs and spices

$10.00

Soujouk -spicy lamb sausages $10.00

Salad Tabouli -finely diced parsley, tomato, onion with cracked wheat and olive oil

$9.00

Fattoush -cos lettuce, tomato,

$9.00

cucumber, fresh herbs, fried Lebanese bread with a lemon and vinegar dressing Garden -seasonal fresh mixed salad

$9.00


DINNER MENU MAINS Meshawe - traditional middle eastern meat skewers Lamb Meshawe -diced lamb skewers with hommus and tabouli (3 skewers)

$18.00

Shish Tawook -diced chicken breast skewers marinated in garlic and herbs with garlic

$18.00

dip and tabouli (3 skewers) Kofta Meshawe -minced lamb skewers with hommus and tabouli (3 skewers)

$18.00

Mixed Plate (3 skewers) -one of each skewer with hommus and tabouli

$22.00

Shawarma -open kebab $18.00

Shawarma Meat -chargrilled beef strips served with onion, mixed herbs, capsicum, tahina sauce with fresh Lebanese bread

$18.00

Shawarma Chicken -marinated grilled chicken breast strips served with salad, garlic sauce and fresh Lebanese bread

Seafood

Entree

Garlic Prawns -pan-fried prawns in a garlic, olive oil and lemon sauce

$12.00 $18.00

Chilli Prawns -pan-fried prawns in a fresh chilli, olive oil and lemon sauce

$12.00 $18.00

Grilled King Prawns -Char-grilled whole king prawns in shell marinated in garlic,

$12.00 $26.00

Main

lemon and olive oil with a rocket, baby tomato and balsamic salad Squid -deep fried crispy squid dusted with sumac, lemon and sweet paprika served

$18.00

with tartare sauce and fresh rocket Baby Octopus -pan fried baby octopus marinated in lemon juice and fresh herbs

$18.00

Samkeh Harah -baked fish fillets glazed with a garlic, chilli, olive oil and tahini sauce

$25.00

and topped with toasted pine nuts and almonds Mixed Seafood Plate -a tasting plate of our most popular seafood dishes which includes garlic prawns, squid, baby octopus and samkeh harah (serves 2 people)

$50.00


Canaanite Restaurant Menu  

BOOK NOW 02 8677 9902 17 Hassall Street Parramatta NSW 2150 www.canaanite.com.au infor@canaanite.com.au

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