Dinner daily 6pm-10pm
Rumi's still got it. It helped introduce share plates to Melbourne in 2006, winning umpteen awards and locals' hearts ever since. It's that "where can we go with a group?" place when two mates are vego, one only eats lamb, one's a pescatarian and one doesn't drink (hello mocktails - try watermelon with rosewater, mint and sumac). Drinks generally are well priced and include Lebanese syrah. Dishes work together beautifully, so ordering a spread is all hits, no misses. Swipe flatbread through creamy labne to kick off. Op-shop crockery - think nanna circa 1972 - comes generously loaded with a nutty freekeh salad with sheep's feta and pomegranate dressing, or a whole grilled rainbow trout. Buttery pilaf is pretty with barberries and pistachio nuts and the crisp verjuice-drizzled flatbread in the fattoush adds a satisfying crunch. Persian-spiced lamb is a showstopper. Service is casual (wine is left at the table), but pitched right. Hot tip: Rumi does takeaway, too.
Set 5-course menu $60, 6 courses $70