In an Australian first, Melbourne has become home to the new, revolutionary, zero-carbon, off-grid street food kitchen, atiyah.
Recently launched in Federation Square, atiyah is set to transform the fast-food scene with a range of authentic Lebanese dishes, which are made onsite in a 100% renewable Eco Smart Off-Grid kitchen – the first of its kind anywhere in Australia.
Delicious flatbread toppings, such as this hummus.
Owned by son-in-law and mother-in-law duo, Ben Armstrong and Therese Helou, atiyah is the first hospitality business and start-up in Australia to be certified as carbon neutral by Climate Active.
"At atiyah, we want to set an example that you don’t need emissions to run a kitchen and really, there’s never been a better time to think about renewable energy in this way,” Ben says.
"Being able to give our customers an incredible food experience while also creating a community of people with a passion for positive environmental action, is at the heart of what we do. Building communities and creating a sustainable future for all. That’s atiyah.”
atiyah...Lebanese street food that's good for the planet.
Considering every sustainable touchpoint, atiyah has teamed up with sustainable foodservice leaders, BioPak, who will supply carbon-neutral, compostable packaging and innovative composting services to turn atiyah’s takeaway packaging and food waste into nutrient-rich soil.
"We are delighted to work with atiyah in what can only be described as a ground-breaking and truly pioneering step forward for the hospitality sector,” BioPak CEO Gary Smith says.
"This type of model and approach to the foodservice industry is incredibly exciting and one that we believe will become more normalised, with further education on the climate impact and damage produced by our carbon footprint.
"We pride ourselves at being on the forefront of innovation and our goal is to continue to inspire, educate and support businesses both in Australia and across the globe, to provide sustainable solutions for single-use packaging and food waste disposal.”
atiyah will serve traditional recipes based on manakis - a street food flatbread dressed with locally sourced toppings and delicious fresh dips. It will be one of the first kitchens in Australia to grill their manakish on a saj - the dome-shaped griddles used throughout Lebanon, that ensures a crisp outside and doughy centre.
Authentic Lebanese street food, made onsite in a renewable Eco Smart Off-Grid Kitchen.
The greenhouse gas emissions of the meals and drinks across their life have also been assessed and quantified through an industry best practice life-cycle assessment, with the menu showing the carbon emissions that have been saved from every meal and drink consumed at atiyah.