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Tulum Turkish Restaurant, Balaclava, AU-VIC

Tulum Turkish Restaurant

4.6
4.6
75 Reviews
$41 to $100
Turkish
Research and respect for the traditions of Turkish cuisine have always been essential parts of my kitchen and the dishes we create at Tulum.

I respect these traditions, but for us to grow, they should always be open for discussion. You listen to the views of older generations but you should not be crushed by them.

Sometimes, some of our customers will say “Oh my mother didn’t make this dish like that”, and they are right. We realise that for some, there is almost an emotional barrier to change, but we believe that the traditional regional dishes of Turkey should be open to re-interpretation and be able to evolve.

So at Tulum, we are not afraid to turn old ideas upside down. Within this framework, our first step was to research the classic Ottoman recipes and try them with Melbourne based products.

It’s time to rethink the Anatolian kitchen.

In Turkey we have a big, rich food culture, but now is the time to develop a New Anatolian Kitchen.


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2 people

9:30 pm


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Turkish, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9525 9127
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    COSKUN UYSAL
  • Area
    Balaclava
  • Cross Street
    William St X Carlisle St
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Balaclava Train Station - Sandringham Line. Tram on Carlisle St
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • TASTE OF TULUM – 7 Course Degustation Menu

    $110.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    THIS IS A SAMPLE MENU Samsun – Pide, Olive Oil, Lentil Kofte, Smoked Date Butter, Olives izmir – Leeks, Carrot, Black Currants, Lemon, Chamomile Tea, Puffed Wild Rice, Orange Sauce kayseri – Turkish Beef Dumplings, Garlic Yoghurt, Aleppo Chilli, Mint, Burnt Butter hatay – Semolina Kibbeh, Spiced Lamb, Walnut, Currants, Cumin, Buttermilk Sauce mardin – Braised Lamb Shoulder, Jerusalem Artichoke Puree, Apricot Jam, Cumin Bulgur Pilaf, Beetroot Molasses istanbul – Ottoman Sultans Favourite, Cinnamon, Chicken, Milk Pudding
    TASTE OF TULUM – 7 Course Degustation Menu photo
  • SOFRA TO SHARE 6-COURSE

    $95.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    For bookings of 6 and more guests, you will be required to dine from our 6 course sofra option. See you soon!
    SOFRA TO SHARE 6-COURSE photo
  • TASTE OF TULUM 7-COURSE DEGUSTATION

    $110.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    For bookings of 6 and more guests, you will be required to dine from our 7 course degustation option. See you soon!
    TASTE OF TULUM 7-COURSE DEGUSTATION photo

What 75 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Inner City South

    Best Service

  • Inner City South

    Best Ambience

  • Inner City South

    Innovative

  • Inner City South

    Healthy

  • Inner City South

    Vegetarian-friendly

75 Reviews
  1. VanessaL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Tulum was absolutely outstanding. Each dish was so unique and flavourful. The service and ambiance a 10/10. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a special occasion venue.

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  2. SN33

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    highly recommended, the beef dumplings were amazing

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  3. Melbourne3183

    Melbourne

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, inventive, delicious modern Turkish-Australian dining.

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  4. GinaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love this place. The food is stunning!

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  5. User100

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food. Love everything on the menu! The cocktail is the best

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  6. Lovetoeat

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, fantastic cocktails, nice ambience. I would have preferred more meaty items on the menu. Some great ideas there otherwise, positive experience.

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  7. SercanCondek

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing concept, Chef gets traditional flavors and techniques so well and elevated them brilliantly!

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  8. RobC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good option for a quiet night. The restaurant is small, but it makes it feel very intimate. Food is really good and there is a good variety of plates and drinks.

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  9. GeorginaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Remarkable food made with passion and care. The peas with hazelnuts were unforgettable

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  10. TanyaP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal, friendly service and great value. We chose the 6 course set menu to share and I could barely finish it, although the portions seem small they really fill you up so don’t worry about that. Each course was sumptuous and we finished the meal with a delicious dessert and birthday candles. Highly recommended +++

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  11. JeffreyK

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all round. Beware of the raki - it is the real thing, real strong.

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  12. InnerNorthLocal

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely introduction to Turkish food, with fabulous service - and great value!

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  13. MarkC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff had just the right touch. Approachable, attentive, not intrusive. We shares 5 mezze dishes between 3 which was plenty. Food was beautifully presented. Wine list was a good opportunity to try new wines by the glass. Some lovely delicate Turkish wines.

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  14. PeterR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for the Scotchmans Hill wine dinner - the pairing was excellent with extraordinarily good cuisine showing a great diversity of style and finesse. The wines were fantastic. A great night had by all.

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  15. JefferyD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special night at Tulum with Scotchmans Hill Winery. Excellent set courses meal and top wines. Service was very good considering a full house and serving everyone at same time. Thank you Tulum.

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  16. MuharremF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service was superb, definitely comming back.

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  17. MuhammadSami

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing experience last night for dinner. Great flavours and great service. Would 10/10 recommend

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  18. AllanL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Service & Atmosphere Delicious Turkish food with a modern twist

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  19. StephenL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, relaxed service. We'll definitely be back.

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  20. FionaC

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exceptional, would highly recommend a visit.

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  21. JohnR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tulum must be one of the best restaurants in Melbourne. The food is unique and absolutely divine. The service is top class and we couldn't help but notice that the first time diners close to us were equally impressed and vowed to make a return visit in the near future. Always a memorable experience!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, refined.

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  23. PhilipP

    Hong Kong

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sensational food! This restaurant thoroughly deserves its recent placing in Gourmet Traveller top 95 establishments. Hard to pick a favorite dish as all are amazing but the lamb is to die for!!

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  24. ArthurS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! And fantastic service! Always a pleasure to visit Tulum! Well done!!

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  25. AlanhaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Did the 7 course degustation and it was such a fantastic introduction to the Tulum menu. Every dish was delicious, interesting and well executed. Service was excellent. We will definitely be bringing some friends here in the future! Thanks Tulum team!

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  26. SofieT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, beautiful, reasonably priced food. The cocktails are exceptional too.

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  27. LisaA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always exiting to visit Tulum. You know you will get brilliant, innovative food, made and served with love

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  28. HollieA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service, amazing food, decent priced, great wine selection. Only thing is the tables are quite close together. Otherwise, 10/10

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  29. DarylM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time to Tulum. Delicious flavours and superb service, how have I not heard of this amazing restaurant before now!? We'll be back within weeks to continue devouring the menu!

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  30. sophien

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service and exceptional food! Every dish in the 7 course degustation was incredible. Each dish presented perfectly as tiny works of art, with perfectly balanced flavors and textures.

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  31. Netty

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Cocktails are delicious and the food is amazing! The ambience was lovely. Able to have a decent conversation without having to compete with room music - always a plus!! Will return and absolutely recommend!

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  32. Lucy

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal - delicious food - mixture of light and rich options, friendly service, reasonably priced, accommodating of our changed reservation time (edited through the app). Would recommend and will return.

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  33. frank

    Thailand

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had dinner at Tulum a few times before and unfortunately, the Menu hasn't changed much since last year. I would have liked more variation.

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  34. StathT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the better dining experiences I have had in some time. Highly recommend it!

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  35. SidR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Excellent quality food, below standard service, awful seating arrangement.

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  36. MichelleD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and always great friendly service. Love this place.

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  37. RhondaH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made the booking, and got an email confirmation. I was not attached to my phone the following day, and had a missed call from a number two times. My friend came from 45 mins away, we got dressed up. I called the number to be greeted with agression for not answering my phone, and told I no longer had a booking. He was going on about needing to confirm, yet the booking said ‘booking confirmed’. I’d wanted to go here for over a year. If you want bookings confirmed, how about sending a text to confirm with ‘y’ or ‘n’ rather than this epic nonsense.

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  38. YukselY

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall we've enjoyed it, Food wise we had some dishes that we loved and some no so much. Service was attentive and friendly.

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  39. VANESSAF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We just loved every aspect of dining at Tulum. I would highly recommend you give it a try.

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  40. rezaj

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If you want to taste turkish cuisine in new style you have to try this restaurant

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FAQs

Tulum Turkish Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

9:30 pm


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Tulum Turkish Restaurant

217 Carlisle St, Balaclava, AU-VIC 3183

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    William St X Carlisle St
  • Area
    Balaclava
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Turkish, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Balaclava Train Station - Sandringham Line. Tram on Carlisle St
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    COSKUN UYSAL
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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