Sea Sweet Patisserie in Sydney attracts crowds for its Knafeh cheese buns


Foodies are flocking to this humble patisserie serving oozing cheesecake ROLLS drizzled in a rose syrup

  • Diners are flocking to a little-known Middle Eastern patisserie in Sydney
  • The ‘knefe’ cheese bun has become the star attraction of Sea Sweet in Sydney
  • The rolls feature cheesy Knafeh served in bread bun and drizzled in a rose syrup


Australian diners are ‘transported to Lebanon’ when they walk through the doors of a humble patisserie famous for its cheesecake rolls.

The ‘knefe’ cheese buns have become the star attraction of Sea Sweet, a little-known Middle Eastern dessert shop in Sydney. 

Typically sold as a breakfast snack on the streets of Lebanon, the $7.90 rolls are individually wrapped semolina encrusted sweet, cheesy Knafeh served in a bread bun and drizzled in a rose syrup.

Australian diners are ‘transported to Lebanon’ when they walk through the doors of a humble patisserie that serves its famous cheesecake rolls

The 'knefe' cheese buns have become the star attraction of Sea Sweet, a little-known Middle Eastern dessert shop in Sydney

The ‘knefe’ cheese buns have become the star attraction of Sea Sweet, a little-known Middle Eastern dessert shop in Sydney

‘Our signature Knafeh in a delicious sesame bun. We’re not salivating, you are! A little birdie told us that they’re amazing for a late night snack,’ the store wrote on Instagram.

What makes the bun truly unique is the filo pastry, which is made fresh daily at its two patisserie stores in Merrylands and Mount Lewis in Sydney’s west. 

According to Broadsheet, almost all Levantine patisseries (traditional cuisine of Levant) in Sydney import their filo pastries from the Middle East because it’s too difficult to make from scratch.

‘You need experience to do it; you need to do it by hand,’ manager Angela Zakhour told the publication. ‘It’s an art.’

What makes the bun truly unique is the filo pastry, which is made fresh daily at its two patisserie stores in Merrylands and Mount Lewis in Sydney's west

What makes the bun truly unique is the filo pastry, which is made fresh daily at its two patisserie stores in Merrylands and Mount Lewis in Sydney’s west

Typically sold as a breakfast snack on the streets of Lebanon, the $7.90 rolls are individually wrapped semolina encrusted sweet, cheesy Knafeh served in a bread bun and drizzled in a rose syrup

Typically sold as a breakfast snack on the streets of Lebanon, the $7.90 rolls are individually wrapped semolina encrusted sweet, cheesy Knafeh served in a bread bun and drizzled in a rose syrup

Sea Sweet originated in Lebanon in 1973 – and there’s now more than 10 stores in Lebanon, famously known as a ‘premium destination of Middle Eastern sweets’.

In 2008, the chain’s first international Sea Sweet Patisserie store opened in Sydney.

‘The people behind Sea Sweet in Lebanon supplied us with everything – even the chefs. There were about 30 chefs that originally came out. Now there are four, they’ve got about 20 to 30 years of experience,’ she said.

The patisserie has received near-perfect reviews on Google, with many raving about the store’s indulgent desserts, including the cheesy Knafeh buns.

‘Went here to try the Knafeh served in a bun… I had never heard of it being done like that before. I’m no expert on how it should be but for me the Knafeh was the perfect texture and the syrup was the perfect amount of sweetness,’ one wrote.

Another added: ‘This is literally the best Lebanese bakery in Sydney! Their sweets are over delicious, they make them following the Lebanese traditional way with an excellent hygiene. As soon as you enter the shop, you feel like you are in Lebanon.’

The store has been offering in-store pick up and deliveries due to Covid restrictions.



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