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Hummus bowls  - The Left Handed Chef, South Melbourne, AU-VIC

The Left Handed Chef

4.8
4.8
151 Reviews
$40 and under
Israeli
Israeli eatery with a selection of hummus bowls and fresh pitta pockets .
All made in house by chef and owner Ehud malka , fresh every day .

The only traditional Israeli place in Melbourne!!!

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Israeli, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0406 429 148
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ehud Malka
  • Catering
    offer personalized catering to your event
  • Private party facilities
    we have a vip room that can be rented and sit up to 24 people around 2 long tables with set menu
  • Area
    South Melbourne
  • Cross Street
    bank street and eastern road
  • Parking Details
    free street parking after 6pm.lots of 2hr and 4hr parking during the day .
  • Public Transit
    tram number 1 stop 22 with tram towards east coburg
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

151 Reviews
  1. RyanC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great experience. Real good cooked from the heart.

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  2. DonZ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Israeli food. Amomg the best hummus dishes you can have in Melbourne. Keen to go back.

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  3. Ryan

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great god at a good price. Service was good as were surroundings. Definitely recommended.

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  4. mgs1234

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Eating hummus here reminded me of the Shouk in Israel.

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  5. AAAD

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food here is always delicious, no matter what new dishes we try. We force ourselves not to order what we had last time even though it is always great to make sure we don't miss out on some other delight!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Booking was a very pleasant experience. The chef and owner is a cheerful patient person. The food was excellent. We have sampled lots of Mediterranean food and this was very good. The ambience could be improved by thinking the music volume and a more patient waiter. But I would certainly go again.

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  7. AAAD

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food served by very pleasant staff. We had the lamb cutlets and they were superb! We also had chicken humus shawarma and it was just as good!

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  8. CraigR

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great and convenient food which makes me a regular customer

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  9. DavidK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant and fantastic service. Great food

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  10. GaryA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greeted beautifully, menu queries answered. Food arrived promptly and was as expected. Everything tasted great, we will go back again.

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  11. Brad

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy it. A must try if you are in the South Melbourne area, worth travelling for if you’re not!

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  12. David

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, very friendly and helpful service. We'll be back soon!

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  13. AAAD

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! We had the hummus shawarma and the lamb cutlets and honestly we had to force ourselves not to eat the cutlery at the end of the meal in an attempt to make it last longer!

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  14. PhilipN

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The Manager in the restaraunt was the rudest person we have ever met. I called to get directions and he was abusive on the phone saying I don't know where you are how can I tell you how to get here and hung up on me. We should have immediately gone elsewhere. We came to the restaraunt and he was so abrupt and rude. He was so friendly to other guests that were hebrew speaking people. Some of the food was okay but the rest was a big hummus mush. Never again!
    The Left Handed ChefResponded on 29 August 2023
    Hello. I’m very sorry this was your experience with us .

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  15. Hugh

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious and looking forward to working my way through the whole menu in future visits

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  16. JulieC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place NEVER disappoints! Food is always amazing and tasty. Fast service and super friendly staff. One of my most favorite places to eat. Definitely a 100/100!

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  17. AlexM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding. The food came out so quickly but long enough that you know it was made fresh. Staff were extremely friendly. It felt extremely cozy and authentic. It was not exaggerated in terms of price. Servings sizes were large and each dish was fantastic. I will definitely be returning to try other dishes and recommending this place to friends!

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  18. StefanJ

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and friendly staff. Will definitely return.

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  19. AllyR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We just love the Left Handed Chef. The food is fresh & tasty, great flavours, the fried cauliflower is to die for! The service & ambience is always great & fantastic prices. Make sure you get some baklava to take home, as usually to full from dinner ☺️

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best hummus we have ever had. This will definitely go into your monthly restaurant rotation. Great for date nights and large group celebrations.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The most amazing fresh and tasty food! We keep coming back, traveling from the outer north east of Melbourne because there is nothing else like it!

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  22. AAAD

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Left Handed Chef and we were fairly unfamiliar with Israeli cuisine before we sat down. The waiter assisted us with our choices and the suggestions he made were delicious! We will definitely go back again. Only odd note was the waiter asked me if my partner ate meat, while she was sitting there and could of course have answered herself! That aside, it was a great dining experience and we intend to return.

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  23. niry

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, friendly staff. Really enjoyed the experience.

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  24. RyanT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely no complaints, the food was amazing and the staff were very friendly. 10/10

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  25. Granthj

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delish food. As it was our first time there the owner served us his recommendations. All fantastic

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  26. AndrewT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and great hospitality. Definitely recommend!

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  27. KelsoB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place! loved the food and the friendly service by the owner. would highly recommend

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  28. SandraM

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very casual, super delicious Israeli food, caring and attentive waiter. Great value. Would definitely go again.

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  29. DianeR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tucked away on the number 1 tram route near Kingsway, unpretentious Hummusiya (specialising in hummus) but big on flavours. The owner is very welcoming and attentive. Food was divine. We had the barramundi bake, lamb cigars and chicken shawarma hummus, absolutely delicious. Highly recommended

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  30. None

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best hummus in town. Consistently awesome. Come for the lamb cigars, stay for the hummus and wonderful service.

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  31. LeoR

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, a fantastic host who made to feel at home!

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  32. SeanR

    Adelaide

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! The person who served us was a legend, pretty sure he is the owner too. Very helpful!

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  33. TimC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent choice of middle eastern food. Simple easy tasty

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  34. JulieD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked stating it was for an anniversary dinner. The restaurant was booked so we were put in the kitchen/takeaway area which was freezing cold. I asked them to at least close the windows which they said needed to be open because its a kitchen. We walked out
    The Left Handed ChefResponded on 5 April 2023
    Hello Julie. I apologise you didn’t want to stay with us . The room you are talking about is the main room of the restaurant and for the time you were here and before you we had at least 8 more tables in that room and no one had any issues with it, everyone had dinner and enjoyed it while you refused to just sit and relax and let the heating unit on the wall to warm you up. The window has to be open for council regulations so the canopy can work and suck the smoke correctly . Thanks .

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish is a must, so get ready to keep visit this restaurant often!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food

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  37. natashaw

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first experince of eating Israeli food and I enjoyed every dish that was ordered. Very quick and friendly service. Will definately be visiting again. Thank you Left handed chef.

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  38. ShimonG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will definitely go back again and recommend to friends

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  39. KayS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Casual restaurant; would have liked there to be a wine list and wine by the glass; food was tasty and a good variety.
    The Left Handed ChefResponded on 25 January 2023
    Hello, Thanks for your feedback. We do offer wine by the glass, it is on our menu. Unfortunately because we are a casual Israeli eatery we only offer whatever wine is available from Israel at the moment so we don’t have a wine list . Hope to see you again.

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  40. JasminM

    Perth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very unassuming looking venue.. but oh boy will it exceed any expectations you have! Friendly service. Traditional flavours. Amazing.

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You can order delivery directly from The Left Handed Chef using the Order Online button. The Left Handed Chef also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0406 429 148.

The Left Handed Chef is rated 4.8 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Left Handed Chef

108 Bank St, South Melbourne, AU-VIC 3205

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    bank street and eastern road
  • Area
    South Melbourne
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Israeli, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    free street parking after 6pm.lots of 2hr and 4hr parking during the day .
  • Public Transit
    tram number 1 stop 22 with tram towards east coburg
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ehud Malka
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0406 429 148
  • Catering
    offer personalized catering to your event
  • Private party facilities
    we have a vip room that can be rented and sit up to 24 people around 2 long tables with set menu
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  • Terms of Use
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