Abla Amad

Photo: Photographed by Joe Armao, courtesy of Fairfax Photos
Abla’s Restaurant opened in 1979, in the same location it is today - Carlton’s Elgin Street. It began as an idea urged upon her by family and friends who had witnessed Abla’s prowess in the kitchen grow and spread out into the Lebanese community and beyond. Her belief that, “when someone is in your house, they are your family” reflects the same unmistakeable warmth in sharing her food that Abla brought to the restaurant 25 years ago.