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Rumi
Middle Eastern
Rumi
-37.774836,144.971316

It's Beirut via Brunswick. Joseph Abboud's Rumi notches up 10 years, assured that diners are now thoroughly conversant with his modern brand of homely yet precise Middle Eastern cooking, best showcased in the value-laden banquets. Poetry by the titular Persian mystic is etched into wall panels adorning this former bank and the food shows a similar blend of the exotic and familiar: crunchy filo cigars oozing haloumi, feta and kasseri; sumac-dusted fried calamari with a herby tahini dipping sauce; or honey-drenched baklava sandwiching macadamia ice-cream. Skewered quail is all juicy char, offset by a tart pickled green grape dressing, and vegetable dishes are no mere afterthought: beetroot salad is a play on fattoush with red cabbage and fried bread, fat stalks of purslane, and apple and verjuice dressing. Lebanese wines play a lesser role on the concise list than in the past, but the rousing selection of beers still rocks the casbah.

 


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $8-$16

    M $19-$23

    D $4-$13;

    set 5-course menu $55,

    6 courses $60

     

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Joseph Abboud & Tom Sarafian

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