Mamak (Malaysian)

366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Mamak is an award winning restaurant that has garnered something of a cult following in Melbourne. Named after the roadside food stalls of Kuala Lumpur, Mamak offers great value Malay dishes with bold and authentic flavours with special emphasis on the roti, satays and traditional street eats made to order. Mamak’s sweet roti dessert has fast become it’s signature dish.

Maha (Modern Middle Eastern)

21 Bond St, Melbourne

Recipient of an Age Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat award each year since 2009, Shane Delia’s opulent basement venue is home to the city’s most incredible Middle Eastern flavours.  Choose from two, four, five or six hearty courses served as shared banquets or degustation dining. All will feature Maha’s signature 12-hour lamb shoulder, perfectly yielding and perfumed with coriander and cumin.  Maha is also an excellent choice for vegetarian dining with a sumptuous and creative degustation menu.

Supernormal (Asian Fusion)

180 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Andrew McConnell’s bustling restaurant on Melbourne’s esteemed Flinders Lane eating strip offers a wildly popular menu inspired by the great Asian cities of Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul.  All meat dishes use halal certified meat with menu items designed for sharing.  Signature dishes include the very popular New England lobster roll and slow-cooked Szechuan lamb.

Gazi (Greek)

2 Exhibition St, Melbourne

George Calombaris’s delicious Greek hangout is a casual but arresting dining room featuring a ceiling lined with a wave of terracotta pots.  The unpretentious atmosphere is a perfect companion to the Hellenic street food on offer.  Everything except their lamb offerings is certified halal.

Sezar (Modern Armenian)

6 Melbourne Pl, Melbourne

Offering a fresh and modern approach to traditional Armenian cooking, Sezar’s kitchen skilfully combines a mouth-watering array of spices and flavours with fresh meats, fish, vegetables and fruits, to create the unique flavours of the region. Most meat dishes are prepared using halal-certified meat and while the kitchen itself is not 100% halal, utensils are strictly kept separately to avoid cross contamination. The Bastourma spiced beef cheek and famous triple cooked chips are excellent options.

Abla’s (Lebanese)

109 Elgin St, Carlton

Abla Amad’s homely restaurant in Carlton is something of an institution on the Melbourne culinary scene. Her kitchen brings together one hundred authentic Lebanese recipes that have been handed down from one generation to the next including time-honoured dishes such as kibbee, tabouleh, vine leaves, kafta and Abla’s famous chicken and rice – an aromatic meal of chicken flavoured with spices and almonds.

Epocha (European)

49 Rathdowne St, Carlton

Epocha is the perfect choice for old-school dining with top-notch service. In what has become a foodie’s favourite, the restaurant ethos is all about pairing super-fresh, locally sourced produce with traditional cooking techniques. All meat dishes are certified halal, including one of the best lamb shoulder roasts in the city.