Rumi Restaurant

4.4
365 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Joseph Abboud opened Rumi restaurant with his wife Natalie in 2006 to critical acclaim and in 2011 opened The Moor's Head.

We offer a menu based on traditional dining experiences in Lebanon where small to medium sized dishes are shared amongst the table. The food is authentic but done with a refined approach and a deft interpretation of a classic cuisine. The plate size encourages sharing in the traditional dining style of Lebanon.
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FP
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The only annoying aspect of the night was the waitress often coming to the table asking if we were finished with each course when there was obviously food still on our plates-it was intrusive and felt pressured to hurry up
However the complementary Prosecco was a nice touch on International Women’s Day
Thank you

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s
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The waitress could have been more attentive as the restaurant was quiet. However the food is amazing !

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n
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Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely night and extremely glad that we made the effort to come to Brunswick from the Eastern suburbs. Amazing food and service. We will be back and will bring friends. Thankyou and keep up the great work Rumi

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My only criticism would be towards the $7 pickles! Having lived in the Middle East and eaten a lot of delicious fresh pickles, I thought these were overpriced and didn't taste fresh. Other than that, service was great. Wait staff were friendly and approachable and the rest of the dishes we ordered were good.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was interestingly presented and well spiced, we enjoyed every mouthful! The staff were informative of the food and extremely accommodating when booking, We will look forward to returning and trying more dishes.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rumi delivered an amazing meal once again. They never fail to delight and I will continue to go and to recommend Rumi to anyone looking for a middle eastern meal.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very tasty, high quality ingredients, lots of variety and exceptional value.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So delicious. Rumi has been one of my favourite restaurants for years. Unfortunately my glass of Shiraz was served cold (glasses and bottles stored too close to the airconditioning?) which affected the flavour, but everything else was great.

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D
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed everything we ordered. The flavours were amazing. Staff were polite and helpful.

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L
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We have been to Rumi many times & have always been happy with the food, but the Valentine’s Day set menu was disappointing. The portions were too small for the price charged .

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G
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Rumi is my fav restaurants in Brunswick. Service is always nice and friendly and the food is fresh and full of flavour. I love it!

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DH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Food was not very good. Food was just average. Wouldn't recommend

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T
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Rumi, wonderful food and terrific service. Best valentines dessert I've ever had!

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M
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. I was with a party of 4 and we ordered several dishes to share. The food was very good. Each person in my group enjoyed it. I had to squeeze in a dessert which was pretty yummy.
I would definitely go back!

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MA
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at Rumi can't be faulted - delicious, good-sized servings and something for everyone. Service is very good (our waitress was excellent - short, dark hair; there was another one with little ponytails who was unfriendly and brusque but all she did was slam down a few plates and walk off - thank god we didn't have her all night!). I have to say, though, that I'm a bit scandalised by paying $7.50 for a bottle of water... really? The space is very noisy (we had the misfortune of a very loud group next to us - someone talking about personal health issues in a booming, grating voice) so if that doesn't suit you, you'll need to take that into consideration.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my fave places to eat in Brunswick, as a vegetarian it is brilliant, such a variety and so good!

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NB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely staff and amazing food! Wine list could have a bit more variety however the cocktails make up for what’s missing.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just amazing food accompanied by wonderful attentive service

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NR
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always, shared home style middle eastern dishes, reasonably priced, great service with a relaxed atmosphere.

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BW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really well spiced food and excellent service. Really well spiced food and excellent service.

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N
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A pleasant space , and charming service.
Food generally good, particularly the salads.
Only real complaint was that the cheese cigars and the chicken wings were excessively salty.

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J
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Having eaten at Rumi a couple of years ago I was quite excited going back. Unfortunately the food quality wasn’t at the same level. Possibly a bad night? Service was great though.

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J
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and great team to look after you. Loved the banquet!

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CB
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Rumi never disappoints. Food and drinks are delicious.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

I enjoyed the food but a friend though the lamb dish was a little dry.

the mocktails were fantastic.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Went here with two other couples and we loved it. The food was great and reasonably priced. Will come back to this restaurant

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thank you for an incredibly memorable food experience. The food and Rumi drink was so tasty and and mouth watering, we talked about it for days. Thank you

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RC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a romantic dinner for NYE and loved it as usual. Food is always delicious - lamb shoulder is definitely a stand out. Still my favourite restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Rumi’s for New Years Eve dinner. The food was all delicious and the vegetarian in our party was easily accommodated for. Service was also excellent.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Unfortunately the lamb was chewy.... it's usually incredibly tender, so we were a bit disappointed, not the usual rumi standard. And our zucchini was undercooked

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EF
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very tasty Middle Eastern food with a modern twist in a pleasant space. Very noisy.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food, excellent service & gluten free options - the best combination for pre-Christmas group dinner.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Normally Rumi is excellent - food, service and ambiance. We made the mistake of going in the week before Christmas. Food was well below par. Disappointing.

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JL
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great food
Fantastic service
Only wish was that our table of 4 was only people there as noise levels rose
Definitely will return

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KA
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service, 100% satisfied diners. Couldn't recommend more.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Small serves but great taste. My two big eating boys could have eaten a lot more than recommended.

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T
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We opted for the set menu and it was delicious! There was a wonderful variation of crispy tasty filo cigars, crunchy baby scrimps to the spicey lamb and tasty chicken portions. The salads were fresh, the pickled veggies mouth watering. The Rumi cocktail with pomegranite juice was absolutely cooling on a very hot evening! Great food and drink in Brunswick!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food. Good recommendations from the wait staff re quantities etc. Wine was a little pricey.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

very good food with excellent service, food was tasty with some creative dishes.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was amazing, its just unfortunate that we had the 6pm session and they were trying to rush us out.

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