One of our favourite things about Melbourne is the diversity. Especially when it comes to food. So, for all you Halal-loving Melburnians who want to try the finest food in our beautiful city, here’s a dozen of the best places in Melbourne to chow down on some Halal delights. Nom.
Disclaimer, people. Please note that not all of the venues listed serve entirely Halal menus, and many also serve alcohol. If you’re in doubt about whether one of our top restaurants picks suits your needs, please give them a call before dropping in to dine.
George Calombaris’s delicious Greek hangout, Gazi, serves up some delicious Halal food in an awesome CBD setting. Everything except their lamb is certified Halal, so there are some drool-worthy options for both lunch and dinner. Saganaki Sliders with beetroot relish!? We could eat these for days.
With a focus on Armenian flavours that have a modern Australian twist, Sezar serves delicious Halal-certified dishes that range from spiced beef cheek to an entire lamb shoulder. The triple-cooked chips are amazing, and if you’re still hungry after a feed of savoury finds, the baklava and chocolate marquis are both fantastic. Hands down, one of the best Halal restaurants in Melbourne for celebrations.
It’s all about modern Middle Eastern flavours at East Brunswick hidden gem, Rumi. The menu includes charcoal chicken wings, spiced lamb and king prawns, along with delicious salads and vegetable sides (their crunchy potatoes are seasoned to perfection). Luckily for us lazy diners, Rumi also does a fantastic takeaway menu, meaning you can enjoy their Persian meatballs with tomato and saffron sauce, almonds and house yoghurt, or decadent quail kebabs, from the comfort of your couch.
Andrew McConnell’s Asian-fusion restaurant comes complete with Halal lamb dishes and a karaoke booth for some after-dinner Singstar action. If you’re looking for one of the coolest venues in town to get your fill of Japanese, Chinese and Korean flavours, this is it. Protip: The Supernormal team do what they can to source Halal meat supplies for other dishes too, so make sure you ask what’s Halal-friendly on the day.
Red Spice Road
Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne for tucking into some Asian cuisine, Red Spice Road (which has venues in the QV Centre and on McKillop Street) ensures that all of its meat dishes are Halal, making it an awesome one-stop shop for an indulgent feast. While the sticky pork belly might be out of the question, Malaysian duck curry is mouth-watering, and the crispy chicken wings are To. Die. For. Heck yes!
Tiba’s Lebanese restaurant on Sydney Road is an absolute must-try if you’re after Authentic Lebanese food that’s Halal-friendly, served in a buzzing dining hall. Everything here is Halal, which means you don’t have to hold back on the kafta, lamb cutlets, Lebanese sausages, quail or chicken wings. Of course, there’s some epic falafel and babaganooj action too, and you can even order online for home delivery. Nice.
If you’re all about old-school dining that comes with top-notch service, Rathdowne Street institution Epocha should be your next Halal-friendly hot-spot. Pairing super-fresh, locally sourced produce with traditional cooking techniques, this foodie favourite ensures that all its meat is Halal. It also serves up some killer dishes, including one of the best lamb shoulder roasts in the city. Team it up with some crispy artichokes with carrots and radishes and duck fat potatoes, and you’ve got yourself the best sharing feast you’ll scoff all month.
Moroccan Soup Bar
You’ve seen the queues to get into this place, right?! Our top budget Halal pick, the Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy North keeps things simple. While their wraps make the perfect quick bite to eat, the set banquet menu is where it’s at. Grab your mates and get there early, folks.
Abla Amad, this Lebanese restaurant’s namesake, is a culinary legend. Everything at her petite Carlton restaurant is made from scratch, making Halal food in Melbourne that’s fresh, flavoursome and served with genuine love. If you’re the DIY type, pick up Abla’s cookbook, which is packed full of delicious recipes and tips. Book before you go—it’s a busy spot that’s a fave with the locals.
One of Melbourne’s many hidden restaurants, award-winning basement venue Maha is home to some of the city’s most incredible Middle Eastern flavours. Headed up by Shane Delia of SBS’s ‘Spice Journey’ fame, it’s best to check with the staff what is Halal on the day. If they’ve got the supply, go for the six-course tasting menu and arrive hungry.
Meat &Wine. Co
These guys are experts when it comes to a perfectly cooked bit of steak. All of the beef dishes at Meat & Wine. Co comes with Halal certification, so you can get stuck into delish dishes like a rack of ribs, or an old-fashioned juicy burger.
4Fingers Crispy Chicken
Everybody loves a good dose of fried chicken every now and then. 4Fingers have you sorted with whatever type of deep-fried halal goodness you're after. Think chicken wings with Japanese rice and kimchi coleslaw and chicken burgers topped with fresh mushrooms. Juicy.
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co
This city is riddled with burger joints, so it’s awesome to know that Betty’s is catering to all the halal guys and gals. You can’t go past a Betty’s classic stack—it’s a beef burger and a mushroom burger combined, and it’s damn delicious. Wash it all down with a peanut butter concrete and then roll home.
We recommend setting aside a whole week to study the menu before you head to Criniti's— the selection is that huge. You could go lean and healthy and order their lamb and avocado salad, but we’re guessing you’re there for the homemade meatballs or the three-metre pizza. Nope, we’re not kidding.
Did someone say curry? The guys at Tonka are all about vibrant Indian flavours, and their array of awards means they know what they’re on about. You can tuck into goodies like crispy soft shell crab with spicy Jaffna curry, or a Bengali curry with a side of fried cauliflower and yogurt dressing. Finish off with a mango mousse.
Milk N Honey
These guys have your brekky sorted. You’ve got every option under the sun at Milk N Honey, from fetta and chive scrambled eggs to smashed pumpkin with caramelised onion and fetta. For lunch and dinner they also have you sorted. Think pad Thai, crispy skin salmon and gourmet pizza.
Richmond Organic & Halal Meat
These guys offer everything from steaks to skewers, party catering and every marinade under the sun. You’ll want to give their Facebook page a like to see tons of recipes on how to turn that meat into a masterpiece.
This one is an old-fashioned butcher shop, and it makes us feel all nostalgic. It’s located right in the hustle and bustle of commercial road—and conveniently right next to a French cake shop. Double win.
Footscray Halal Meats
If you were looking to wow a special someone with a special meal, we recommend picking up a schnitzel or two from Footscray Halal Meats. Not only do they supply meat to halal restaurants all over the west, they’ve got every single type of cut you can think of.
Madina Halal Meats
If we can make our finished product look as good as these guys do, we'll be coming back here to stock our freezers till the end of time. Madina Halal Meats have yummo recipes for their customers like spinach pies and kebab fingers.
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