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USD 13 - USD 18
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian, Lebanese
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had one of the early sittings on a Friday night. We were rushed from the minute we walked in. We had the banquet and the staff kept bringing our dishes over and telling us that we had to eat quickly to make room. We...each ordered cocktails which had zero alcohol in them. The Beirutea tasted like watered down tea and did not contain vodka as listed on the menu. We spent over $200 so I don't understand why they were so rude to us. I understand that COVID has stressed businesses but that doesn't mean that you can be rude to customers and treat us like cattle.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 28 November 2020

I visited with a few friends on 21/11/2020 night and had a horrible experience with the rudest manager. We ordered 6 meals + entree between 7 of us and were told this is not acceptable for a Saturday night and if everyone’s not eating we...can’t stay, yet there were like 6 empty tables next to us. In the end he let us stay however proceeded to be very rude throughout the night. He wouldn’t let us split the bill (although we were told by other staff that this is allowed) because it would take him too long to process all the payments. It would’ve taken max 10 minutes. Yet he made us wait outside the restaurant for ages as he claimed he had to check that everything had been paid for. He basically accused us of trying to leave without everyone paying. On top of all this the food was very much sub par. Would not recommend to anyone. We were treated as inferior to other people in the restaurant purely because we were all young women and made to feel as if we were trying to free load. I will not accept this behaviour from anyone. Beware of this manager. If you can’t fake being nice done work in customer service.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 27 December 2019 via mobile

Noisy and impossible to hear yourself. Dinner should be shared with friends rather than gobbled down for a quick getaway. This place makes it impossible to enjoy your meal as it is impossible to hear anything other than the loud cacophony of an overcrowded place...with no soft furnishings to absorb the noise. NEVER AGAIN!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 25 October 2019 via mobile

Came here with a group of 8 and we got the banquet, food was pretty good, loved the school prawns and cauliflower but the barramundi was poor quality and the eggplant ratatouille was very bland, had to request salt. Also was a somewhat underwhelming banquet...compared to places like mr miyagi. Acoustics aren’t great in there either and in a large group you do struggle to hear everyone. Lastly and most disappointing was that I ordered a Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River - as printed on the menu. 5 of us were drinking it and all started to complain about the flavour, it wasn’t at all like any other Sauvignon I have ever had! The more you drank the worse it got and when I looked at the bottle I noticed just how yellow it was and also noticed it was actually from Warrigal, Victoria and that it didn’t say it was a Sauvignon Blanc! After questioning the waiter they apologised for the misprint, insinuated we should have known it wasn’t a typical Sauvignon as it was called yellow yellow which according to the waiter means its heavier (not according to google) and then reluctantly said they would halve the price and suggested another bottle. After receiving the bill it was upsetting to see that they chose to halve the cheaper second bottle of wine rather than the more expensive one we didn’t like. Would not go again obviously and I would encourage others to think twice, there are too many other wonderful restaurants in Brunswick.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 4 October 2019

We were here for a family get together, as my daughter had wanted to eat here for some time. Decore is middle eastern inspired and inviting, but not matched by the furniture. The wooden seats were uncomfortable and matched the simple wood like basic tables;...we didn't stay longer than we needed to. Food was ok. Some dishes were great (fried cauliflower), but others uninspiring (tomato sauce on the meatballs might have been more spicy from a bottle). The menu sounds great but delivery of flavours could have been better. Drinks list is adequate, although a regular coffee option might have been better than just the "turkish" coffee option which was delivered warm (not hot) and pretty weak and lacking in flavour. A bit pricey for what was served. Nice try, but didn't really hit the mark where we want to return.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 1 October 2019

We had dinner for my daughters birthday. Very friendly staff, choice from the menu was limited. Food was tasty, small portion size for the cost of the dishes. The Freekeh salad was very ordinary and lot of rice inside the meat balls .

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

We decided to check this place out and try the classic banquet. We were impressed by the quality of food but found the servings small. The service was great and everything that was brought out was given an explanation. I checked out the drink menu...and the prices for a bottle of wine was a bit expensive for my liking. My partner found the food a bit salty and was dying for water once we left. We checked this restaurant out, but unlikely to go back. The venue is cosy, warm and well presented.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 22 August 2019 via mobile

I don’t often email restaurants but had to email them congratulating them on such exquisite high quality food. My husband ordered us a selection of dishes and picked them up as we are local to the area. We ordered the almond taratoor which was a...dip and delicious with bread, chicken wings (yum! I don’t usually even like chicken wings!!), balata harra (one of the best I’ve ever tried and yes I’ve tried everyone’s out there!), fried cauliflower (wow!! I was even able to grab the recipe for free off their website!!), Laban immo which is a delicious poached veal in yoghurt sauce, and the Advieh marinated lamb shoulder which was so tender and tasty!! That was for two adults and three children. Lucky the kids don’t eat much so there was more for me!! Classy scrumptious food that makes me proud to be a Melbournian and have this kind of food at my door step!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 19 August 2019

I had a surprise 40th birthday for my wife at Rumi. The staff were very attentive, and provided excellent service through the evening. The food was stunning - simply delicious (we had the banquet), and the general environment was spacious and not too noisy -...perfect for the occasion. I can't recommend Rumi more if you like exotic flavours, ambiance and great serviceMore

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

We managed to book a table for a busy Friday night, it was packed, situated on Lygon Street its a Middle Eastern restaurant based on the sharing principle although not compulsory. Portions here are very manageable and you can easily eat the portion yourself. The...menu was very well explained and orders taken , we opted for some starters to share, delightful haloumi filled cigars, chicken wings and chicken shish were quickly consumed and delicious. Mains of lamb shoulder , fried Brussels sprouts with zaatar and fried cauliflower with caramelised onions were a great accompaniment. A very bussling lively place again with great service made it a very enjoyable nightMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Response from DilluManchester | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this is the top rated Halal restaurant
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Not that I know of. I have been to this restaurant several times because I take all my visitors there. C
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