Despite moving to larger premises down Lygon, not much has changed. This humble Lebanese/Persian diner is brighter, airier and the neighbouring tables aren’t punching on for space, but the school chairs, pastel olive green and elegant Arabic script have come along for the ride. Importantly so have the prices and the menu such as favourites flaky pastry cigars of 3 cheeses, Persian meatballs, fried cauliflower, fattoush and rice pilaf with fresh herbs and fried onion rings.
Lovers of tang will enjoy a hot yoghurt soup with a chicken and pistachio dumpling that is an acquired taste. Avoid kissing after the stretchy fried shell of fish kofte and toum, unless your partner has a fetish for garlic.
Not to fear because your lips will become irresistible after coating them in the sticky sauce of figs, raisins and almonds marinading duck braised to a point where the flesh simply cannot cling to the bone. Spiced lamb shoulder slow roasted as tender, the moorish meat made better by an accompanying sugar syrupy, white wine vinegar and mint Sirkanjabin dipping sauce.
Not much as changed with Rumi. It’s still awesome. And I’m still trying to keep people locked out.
4 / 5 yums!
Where? 116 Lygon St, Brunswick East, VIC
What? Smaller dishes around $10, Larger dishes around $18