Restaurant Reviews


21 Bond St Melbourne, VIC


Maha is Melbourne’s buzziest Middle Eastern restaurant: a cave-like space splashed in copper and gold that attracts celebrities and celebrating diners in equal measure. Underpinning the atmosphere is the excellent service (credit to the sommeliers for making great wine matches with labels from Chile to Israel) and Shane Delia’s modern take on Middle Eastern flavours. Banquet-style dining might start with an invigorating tartare of za’atar-pickled green tomatoes, layered with tender strands of cuttlefish and basil, before heading into meatier territory – pork cutlets, say, with an orange-blossom glaze. Lamb shoulder is a 12-hour-roasted, fall-apart delight, its richness offset by smashed pickled radish and slivers of mint. Sweet things are another strength, from sumac-poached strawberries with boozy arak jam and a yoghurt ice-cream to rosewater-glazed doughnuts, reminiscent of Greek-style loukoumades and filled with Turkish delight.


(03) 9629 5900



Bookings essential


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Private room

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Diners Club

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Shane Delia & Daniel Giraldo

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★ ★

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21 Bond St Melbourne, VIC
Shane Delia & Daniel Giraldo
Bookings essential
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch daily noon-3pm Dinner Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 6pm-10pm

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