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11 / 20

Rumi

Gault&Millau's review

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. Reviewed for the 2017 Guide

Address

116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
3000 Melbourne

Contact

+61 3 9388 8255

Web site

Opening hours

Monday  18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday  18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday  18:00 - 22:00
Thursday  18:00 - 22:00
Friday  18:00 - 22:00
Saturday  18:00 - 22:00
Sunday  18:00 - 22:00

Team

  • Joseph Abboud,  Chef

Catégories

Lebanese Eastern Europe With friends Bistro/Brasserie

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Yagiz

22 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3000 Melbourne

Gluten-free Middle East

Murat Ovaz began his career in Turkey when he was just 15 years old. He came to Australia in 2009 and has had stints at Sydney’s Four in Hand and, more recently, at Tulum in Melbourne, before starting his own enterprise, Yagiz. Located at the bustling end of Toorak Road, this modern restaurant has a touch of Turkish spice and an inviting bar at the front. The contemporary Turkish menu offers dishes that are designed for sharing. Start with a cigar – this one featuring delicious confit duck and smoky salt in a pastry case. The lamb kofta dish hits the mark with unique Middle Eastern spices, house-made pepper paste and teeny bites of burnt cucumber. The biftek – a lean piece of veal topside, charred on the outside and pink in the centre – is served with a juicy whole bone marrow. For something a little larger, try the kuzu tandir – slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb shoulder for two. PSST! Larger groups (10–12 people) can pre-order the whole roasted Bultarra bush lamb and enjoy exceptional Australian produce with a Turkish twist. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

Vivace Ristorante
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Vivace Ristorante

317 Bay Street, Brighton, 3000 Melbourne

Italian Vegetarian Gluten-free Dessert

Warm and welcoming, Vivace Ristorante is led by Italian Head Chef Davide Ferraro. Inside has the perfect mix of cosy and classy. Creaky wooden floors, pristine white tablecloths and interesting and unusual paintings of African animals juxtaposed with a wall of Italian frames. You could start with an antipasto board with San Daniel prosciutto and wagyu salami. A plump, round ball of burrata comes with garden tomatoes and a house-made watercress pesto. Lightly fried calamari fritti has thin matchstick zucchini on top, dusted with paprika on a bed of pea and mint velouté. The signature dish is the linguine ai frutti di mare, full of sublimely fresh salmon chunks, prawns, scallops and mussels in a light butter sauce with rocket, olives and a hint of chilli. Heavier mains include a Black Angus pasture-fed eye fillet served with pickles, shallots agrodolce and a red wine jus. Fish of the day may include a crispy-skinned salmon with warm spelt and quinoa and a refreshing cucumber and fennel salad. PSST! Vivace does an excellent lunch special of two courses and a glass of premium wine for $44. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

Tutto Bene
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13 / 20

Tutto Bene

Mid Level, Southgate Shopping Centre, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, 3000 Melbourne

Italian Modern Traditional Gluten-free

Literally translating to ‘everything is good’, Tutto Bene is an authentic Italian eatery headed up by Italian Head Chef Nathan Scarfo. Boasting spectacular views of the Yarra and the bustling area below its second-storey vantage point, this gorgeous spot is perfect for a work lunch, pre-theatre meal, or a night out with friends. The authentic menu, specialising in risotto, has a super-exciting, modern spin on classics. Their carrot arancini is shaped like a carrot with activated charcoal and carrot leaves on top – resembling a freshly picked version. A selection of risotto is available, such as capesante risotto, dark black, with scallops and black truffle, or funghi misti risotto, featuring mixed seasonal mushrooms, parmigiano and aromatic herbs. Likewise, there’s a selection of pasta dishes, such as house-made squid ink fusilli, which comes with a calamari bolognese, or there’s a lasagne with a mix of pork and lamb. Fish of the day may be a seared red emperor fillet on a creamy Sicilian oregano puree, crispy kale, capers and a rich, lush lemon butter reduction. PSST! Tutto Bene has a fabulous lunch special: two courses and a glass of Victorian wine for $40. Reviewed for the 2019 Guide

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