(7 / 10)

We visited Rumi’s in Lygon St, Brunswick on the recommendation of some friends who were taking us out for dinner. We had an early booking at 6pm, and when we arrived a little early (5.45pm) we were given a polite signal through the window to come back at 6pm when they would be open.

We were seated at the back of the restaurant, but the atmosphere was nice and friendly even before the tables had filled up. We left it to our friends to order for us, and we got a range of dishes to share. We started with almond taratoor (like hommus made with almonds), green olives and sigara boregi (cheese cigars in pastry). The almond taratoor came with fresh char grilled flatbread, and the taste of all the food was fantastic.

For mains we shared king prawns, marinated eggplant and lamb shoulder. All the dishes were great, with the lamb shoulder being a stand out. None of the dishes were too large, so while we’d been able to try a good range of the menu, we hadn’t ordered too much food for the 4 of us to get through. The food was also fast coming out from the kitchen so we were able to order as we went and knew we could easily get more if needed.

We  shared a selection of the desserts, including Turkish delight, Persian fairy floss, figs stuffed with labne, and an affogato.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, giving good descriptions of the food we didn’t know, and making suggestions for what to eat. They were very practiced at pouring water from a great height into the table water glasses making a fun side show. They were also very accommodating at adjusting the serves on each plate for the number of people eating that meal (ie only 3 king praws as we had one vegetarian).

We scored it 7 stars.

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