Amal Malouf leads from the kitchen in this family-owned Carlton North restaurant. Chef Malouf serves up a wealth of Middle Eastern favourites steeped in heritage, but she is also willing to take some modern risks with her dishes. Surrounded by boutique stores and wine bars, Malouf Zumzum is distinctively Middle Eastern. Exotic music, colourful wall-tile mosaics and moody Arabian lighting set the scene for diners eager to enjoy a range of unusual flavours and spices.
Malouf Zumzum provides food that is tailor-made for long dinners with friends and family. Hummus, baba ganoush and minted labna with house-pickled vegetables is a delicious selection of dips that is not to be missed. Flavours ranging from smoky to zingy dance across the tastebuds as you lap up the dips with soft pita bread. Seafood fans will love the carefully spiced and crispy fried whole snapper. It is served with aromatic cinnamon-infused pilaf rice and a tart and tasty white cabbage salad.
PSST! If you want to throw a Middle Eastern-themed dinner party, call Chef Malouf – she can come to your place to cook up a feast!