Maha

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104 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern

Maha, Shane Delia's signature restaurant in Melbourne, celebrates vibrant and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with its delectable cuisine, served in its relaxed and atmospheric restaurant. The saffron crispy rice cakes with pomegranate-cured beef and spicy ginger and the stewed onions with chickpeas and celery make delectable starter options. Some of Maha's specialty main courses include the 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder with spicy harissa and pickled radish, the orange blossom-glazed pork cutlet with fennel, sorrel and pine nuts and the market fish catch-of-the-day with a roast lemon yogurt sauce, all of which pair perfectly with a house cocktail, like the Persian margarita with pomegranate liqueur. Maha also has a full vegetarian and vegan menu, with delicious dishes like the chargrilled broccolini with pumpkin hummus and macadamias and the Turkish red lentil dumplings.

For a sweet end to your meal, enjoy the outrageous Turkish delight filled doughnuts with rosewater honey.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

While service seemed slightly inexperienced (although they are lovely!), the food was quite good and the venue is cosy. Worth visiting for date night if you like what is on the menu and want a good meal without a premium price tag. If you are a foodie, you may find the degustation menus more exciting.

TP
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Whenever I am in Melbourne I try to make time for a meal at MaHa, it never disappoints. Today we chose the 4 course menu. Everything was delicious, the beef basturma was amazing, and we particularly enjoyed the chocolate brownie with tahini ice cream and pumpkin ice. The menu changes seasonally so there is always something new to surprise and delight us. Highly recommend but make sure you book ahead.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Our second time here.

J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I had a perfect lunch experience in every way. We can't wait to go back and will also try the new location in Windsor.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The food was delicious, but the timing was too long in between courses. It was 3.5 hours for a 6 course meal

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food interesting & tasty definitely one of a kind
Service was excellent

V
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was my first visit to Maha, on a MF&W Express Lunch. The quality of the food and service was excellent and the value exceptional. A big shout out to the Maitre 'd who made the whole experience way more personal. Thanks i will be back

D
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

We were there for restaurant express (2 courses and wine). Portion sizes were inconsistent and very small. Service was impeccable, decor and tables need an update.

M
Melbourne / VIC
54 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time guest at Maha, so took the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Restaurant Express offer when I saw it on OpenTable - and glad that I did. The selection of dishes available for this offer was more than satisfactory, and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. I'll be making an appearance again soon enough. Also a thank you to the team that hosted us - the service was on point!

MK
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I dined here for lunch for our wedding anniversary and boy are we glad that we did! We have had numerous dining experience and this was certianly the best one yet. Service, attention to detail and quality of the food was next to none.

A very special occassion made even more special by this wonderful experience.

Thank you Maha!

DR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food with interesting flavours and attractive presentation. Faultless and unobtrusive service.

PS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good experience ,delicious food
Enjoyed each dishes
At the end we had special Arabia coffee
Only negative point is menu description was hard to read in dim lights

GW
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

it was a great meal; we really should get there more often!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I’ve been here a couple of times mainly on special occasions and haven’t had any issues with the waitresses as they’ve always been lovely and 100% excellent service, but this time the waiter we had spoke in a rough, annoyed manner. Her accent was strong so we had to ask back/forth a couple of times so wasn’t sure if that was what annoyed her. The word I used was can we please get the banquet menu and she snapped ‘no banquet here only set menu.’ She was definitely different to the other waitresses we normally get who were friendly and gentle.

ME
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We chose the four course option from an excellent selection of set menus with matching wines. The menu items were of middle eastern origin but made from largely locally sourced ingredients. The wines were of diverse origin, French, German and from the Bakkah Valley of Jordan. Each was an excellent accompaniment to the associated dish. Really well matched to the food. Service was attentive but not intrusive and the pace of the meal suited us perfectly. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys something a little different.

IC
London
20 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Maha is a very good restaurant in a basic but developing part of the melbourne CBD. The flavours are very good but for lunch Monday the menu is quite tight which I understand as the patronage will be limited. The service was first class and the wine list ( the most important thing) was very good. Had not been there for 5 years but need to go back ASAP.

T
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been to Maha for dinner and lunch on seperate occasions. Food is exceptional as is the service. Maha has an extensive wine list, which includes wines from the middle east. The blanc de blanc from Lebanon went extremely well with the meal. The set menus provide an interesting and well balanced variety.

VS
Melbourne / VIC
18 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience with not to much to have to think about. Great degustation.

KT
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

3 of us have been there before - fourth .. you have a new fan !

The degustation with matching wines were fabulous; the baby barramundi was the best we have ever eaten.

Cosmopolitan’s ... perfect.

Lovely team.

RG
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We did the 8 course with matching wines and could not fault one thing that we had! The food and wine was amazing, the staff were attentive and knew what they were talking about.

Will be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, vibe and service. Will be back.

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Amazing flavours, great wine list, relaxing ambience and top service.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

For $110pp set menu I would expect a couple of excellent dishes. Food was to salty (lamb main), small portions. This set menu should be valued at $80pp - expensive for no stand out dish. Best dish would be hummus, service was very good

SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food with amazing flavours. Great service and a great wine list. No hesitation recommending Maha to anyone!

SM
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

After a 3 year wait, and 1 false start, I finally made it to Maha and it was so bloody worth the wait!

Celebrating a friends 50th, we flew from Sydney for the day. We chose the 4 course degustation lunch menu with paired wines.

From the minute we arrived, we were greeted with warmth and welcoming. Our Sommelier was very knowledgable and humorous and shared his information well. Our waitress was so fluid and unobtrusive and so knowledgable with the ingredients and menu, not a hesitation when discussing the menu items.

Our food arrived in an expected time (after our champagne!) and was so beautifully presented and every morsel was delightful and delicious. After our lunch, but before dessert, we were afforded a private tour of the wine cellar followed by a meet and greet in the kitchen with the Head Chef. The kitchen shared some new dessert options they were testing which were sublime.

I loved this place and think its one of Melbourne's highlights. Thanks Maha. !

JB
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really great experience here - not just food - its like walking into a genie bottle!

TD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing food. You won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced food but wine is pretty expensive.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Service fantastic refit brilliant but most importantly the food is exactly what it needs to be, first rate and very yummy.

EF
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my Second time at MAha, it was equally as enjoyable as the first. It’s quickly becoming a favourite.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was very fun - everyone looked after us

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My friend visiting from Sydney and I went to Maha for a Sunday long lunch. When we arrived we waited and had a cocktail whilst our table was prepared and were warmly welcomed by the host

My friend is vegan and the staff were very accommodating to her dietary restrictions, all of the dishes were thoughtful and delicious.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great crew and quick express lunch

BG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Checked out the new decor of the newly renovated Maha with a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival lunch special, a choice between two entrees and two mains + a glass of wine, either red or white. I had the cured kingfish and the chicken and a glass og Pinot Grigio.

JO
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I went with a group of four for "Restaurant Express" during the Food & Wine festival. Our food was excellent, and the service very good. The advertised 2 course lunch was only a tiny entree and a small main - others restaurants offer any 2 courses off the main menu. But it was still great value. As an older foodie, I find Maha too dark.
Highly recommend this place!

BA
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the lunch and I'll be coming back. My only regret was having time for the 2 course meal only. Next time - I'm making time for the 4 course. Definitely.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoy it lovely Halal in my life actually first time to embrace myself in halal fixed course menu nice well done ~

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had the six course menu and we all loved every bit of it..staff very pleasant & professional
We had one of our group of 4 that didn’t like garlic in her meals and another that didn’t eat seafood but that was easily catered for..thank you for a great night

PK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We had a great afternoon with lovely food and excellent service

AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our Friday lunch of four courses with matching wines. Delicious and good value.

A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food is generous and pretty delicious. I'm not overly enamoured by the subterranean space but I'm sure a lot of people would love it. We enjoyed our meal very much and would return.

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