Halal food in Melbourne has more variety than you might expect. Whether your cuisine of choice is Asian, Italian, or of course Middle Eastern; there's a halal restaurant to suit.
Halal Lebanese restaurant Almazett in Caulfield North features traditional seafood, grilled lamb and vegetarian dishes. For the full Almazett experience, order Mezza, a banquet of all their specialties, for $42 per person. Almazett isn't just about the food though- patrons at the charming family-owned restaurant are treated to a live belly dancing performance on Friday and Saturday nights.
A belly dancer performs on Friday and Saturday evenings at halal restaurant Almazett. Image: almazett.com.au.
A halal diet does not mean you're restricted to only eating Middle Eastern cuisine when dining out. Try Mama Wong's on Flinders Street. Serving up popular Chinese dishes including green curry, lemon chicken and fried ice cream, they're open for lunch every day and dinner every day except Monday. They are open late during Ramadan.
You wouldn't expect Mama Wong's to be halal. Image: mamawongs.com.au.
Noble Calzones in Noble Park is an Italian inspired eatery, conveniently serving everything from pizza to pasta, and of course calzones, in halal form upon request. They're best known for their very original desserts. Choose between the Chocolate Meltdown or Strawberries and Cream dessert calzones, or indulge in a fruit pizza on a raspberry glazed sweet dough.
Lord of the Fries, with six locations across Melbourne, is the go-to fast food joint for those in search of a halal burger. Being vegetarian, their "meat" patties are made from vegetable protein rather than chicken or beef. While that may not be most alluring thought, their patties almost taste like genuine meat. Lord of the Fries specialises in exotic sauces, such as the Indian inspired spicy mango chutney yoghurt, Parisian aioli garlic mayo and Thai golden satay sauce.
Burgers from Lord of the Fries are both halal and vegetarian. Image: facebook.com/lordofthefriesau
Burger Edge is another chain that makes halal burgers- this time, with real chicken and beef. Unlike Lord of the Fries, which is take-away only, Burger Edge outlets always have an eat-in option. Burger Edge is a little more gourmet than your average fast-food outlet, with their burgers incorporating ingredients such as avocado, jalapenos and basil pesto. However, with non-halal meat also being served, there is the possibility of contamination. When you order, make sure you tell them that you require a halal burger so they can ensure contamination does not occur.