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Middle Eastern

Brunswick dining used to mean cheap kebabs on Sydney Road; Lygon Street meant Carlton, where the currency was kosher cold cuts or prosciutto. In the new world order, Rumi is no new Lebanese kid on the old block but qualifies as "establishment": Joseph Abboud opened here eight years ago and some of his dishes immediately proved so popular they've scarcely changed since. Fried cauliflower with caramelised onion and currants remains a cruciferous revelation, and the new braised veal breast with vine leaves, or the apricot-filled maamoul shortbreads, are as tender as couplets by the restaurant's namesake poet, although Khalil Gibran, not Rumi, is responsible for the Arabic script laser-cut into decorative panels. The service team offers smart advice about dishes that combine well (all made to share) - the only trick is hearing them above the buzz. Beirut microbrewed beers are a drinks-list highlight.


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At a glance

  • Price:
  • E $6-$17

    M $19-$24

    D $6-$13

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Joseph Abboud



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