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Zurouna Restaurant

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by Rachel Kruse (subscribe)
Published November 28th 2013
Zurouna middle eastern restaurant
Street view of Zurouna restaurant

Recently, I visited Zurouna, one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Melbourne, and enjoyed great Middle Eastern cuisine. The experienced owners, Adam and Dahouk, offer an array of versatile dining options to meet the demands of their customers.

Zurouna Middle Eastern Cuisine Restaurant
Overlooks beautiful indoor and outdoor seating

I loved the food they offered. They have a variety of vegetarian, non-vegetarian food. They offer a variety of Lebanese, Arabic, and Israeli cuisines. When I met the owners, I learnt that Dahouk has years of experience in managing Middle Eastern restaurants. This extensive experience, combined with the Adam's experience as a chef for the last 15 years in Australia, allows the duo to frame a strong and inviting new venture.

I am a vegetarian, so I was afraid that I would not get anything of my choice at this place. Fortunately they were having vegetarian food in their menu. The list of vegetarian food includes falafel, along with some assorted dishes like hummus. Even though I am a vegetarian, I am very foodie and love to try different varieties of cuisines. I was very excited to taste the new food at this new restaurant.

Zurouna offers a friendly, cosy, and inviting ambience. It has an indoor as well as an outdoor seating area, which is apt for the undecided weather of Melbourne. Inside it has a large counter. The ceilings are highlighted along with the wooden beams. The place is worth visiting and the quality of the food is awesome.

I ordered my food; a house salad with pita bread. Then came a side dish made with rice that I had never tasted before, along with roasted fish. The roasted fish was mouth watering; it was perfectly grilled and juicy. The outside part of the fish was very crispy and it was stuffed with onions, peppers and various other seasonings like tomato and hot pepper served with lime. It was undoubtedly the best fish I have had anywhere.

Next, I had Manakeesh. You can say this is the pizza of the Middle East. Manakeesh is round bread which is sprinkled with cheese, herbs, and ground meat. This dish is ideal if you are looking to have a light but healthy breakfast.

Turkish Delight Traditional Baklawa
Dessert - Turkish delight - traditional baklawa

At the end of my meal, I asked the waiter to bring a dessert of his choice. I was given with very tasty Turkish delight, baklawa. It was amazing, like all the meals I had. Although, I am not a very big fan of sweets, the Middle Eastern desserts have always been my favourite because they are prepared with healthy ingredients.
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Why? For all types of Middle Eastern flavours
Phone: (03) 9827 1956
Where: 304 Toorak Road South Yarra, Victoria 3141
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I didn't know there were so many varieties of humous; looks delicious.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12622) 2523 days ago
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