Rumi has been a firm favourite with locals since it opened in 2006. Owner and Head Chef Joseph Abboud has concocted an authentic Middle Eastern menu, with dishes that use the unique ingredients and recipes of Lebanon and other nearby countries. The restaurant takes you on a magic carpet ride to the Middle East. Moroccan lanterns, Arabic carvings and the tantalising smell of exotic spices create a wonderful atmosphere in which to dine. Rumi is an ideal place for groups to enjoy a feast.
The menu has small, medium and bigger plates to accommodate all hunger levels. Spiced lamb shoulder is slow roasted and served on the bone. The meat is infused with Middle Eastern spices, and is accompanied by a side of sirkanjabin – an interesting sweet and sour mint sauce. Shaved cabbage salad is enhanced by crunchy almonds, soused onions and mint leaves. A handful of raisins adds some much-needed sweetness to the salad.
PSST! As Rumi is only open at night, the restaurant is available for lunchtime functions – such as work Christmas parties – and can seat up to 80 people.