Sunday, 28 October 2007

Cheesy/yoghurty lunch at Rumi

Rumi
132 Lygon Street, Brunswick East (map)
9388 8255


I'd heard and read quite a lot of buzz about Rumi, the trendy restaurant doing a modern spin on traditional Lebanese food, which opened in Brunswick East a while back. Reviews in the Epicure by Dani Valent and Mr Lethlean were both positively glowing, and in the blogging world (ugh, I refuse to use the word 'blogosphere' - there's a reason it was voted one of the most annoying web-related words!), Mellie, Mel and Ange have all praised Rumi dinners. I knew that a dinner booking still requires a fair bit of booking, so when K suggested a few weekends ago that we go there for lunch and sample the alternate daytime menu, I jumped at the chance.

Rumi interior

The interior (Arabic scripture on white-washed walls, beautiful water bottles, crisp green aprons on the wait staff) was easy on the eye and made one feel tranquil and happy. We ordered some really delicious apple tea and perused the lunch menu. My knowledge of Lebanese food is shamefully limited, but there was no way I wasn't going to try something as unusual-sounding as hot yoghurt soup with dried mint! It was great - very nourishing with a nice sharp sourness underscoring the minty taste. Try it!

Hot yoghurt soup at Rumi

Apart from the hot yoghurt soup, which was a must-have, we decided to share two gozleme (can someone correct me on whether the plural for gozleme is gozleme?), despite being sorely tempted to try a bunch of items on the breakfast half of the brunch menu. The first gozleme (filo pastries filled with goodies and then pan-fried) we tried was filled with minced lamb and slivered almonds, and served with a side-serve of yummy yummy labne. It came out nice and hot and tasted great - not too oily and bursting with flavour.

Lamb golzeme at Rumi

We also had a vegetarian gozleme, with haloumi and pine nuts. Again, delicious - while in this one the haloumi was quite salty, the fresh tomato in the salad was a nice counterbalance taste-wise. We really enjoyed Rumi - thumbs up to the lunch menu - and look forward to returning soon to try the breakfast and dinner menus...

Vegetarian golzeme at Rumi

6 comments:

Anh said...

Claire, I would love to visit Rumi, too! Will have to clear some time to head up there :)

And thanks for commenting on my blog. As for the enoki, don't be afraid to eat them. You can use them in salad, as garnish or throw them into stir-fry or soup... If cooking, just do so briefly since they are very easy to get over cooked! Hope you like these mushrooms as much as i do!

thanh7580 said...

I must be the only person who didn't like Rumi. Like I wrote in my review, if it was the cranberry vodka drink that made everything taste ultra sour, they shouldn't have served it.

Otherwise, the food might just not agree with me.

thanh7580 said...

I must be the only person who didn't like Rumi. Like I wrote in my review, if it was the cranberry vodka drink that made everything taste ultra sour, they shouldn't have served it.

Otherwise, the food might just not agree with me.

Ran said...

Ive done lunch at rumi and it was ok but nothing too exciting really. having siad that i am of arab descent so have high standards when it comes to arabic food. One thing I have never seen in restaraunts is a yoghurt soup similar to what you describe, with lamb mince dumplings within, and lots of garlic!! It takes a little while to make but I love it.

mutemonkey said...

That yoghurt soup with dumplings sounds awesome, Ran! I don't think meat and yoghurt are put together enough... :)

Anonymous said...

The vodka drink was pomegranate juice not cranberry.We have noticed a few recent menu changes,and Rumi is only open at night now so its back to bacon and cafe latte.We love this place, the food,the staff, the bustle.... go early in the evening or drop in after nine ish to land a table.