This is a delayed post, but at the end of 2012 Mum and I went and had a beautiful meal at the infamous Rumi in Lygon St. The reviews for Rumi are outstanding, and from the minute we walked in it is clear why. The service was impeccable, our waitress so friendly and attentive without being overbearing, and the food just lovely. Another restaurant that prides itself on share plates, the options are endless so we just chose a few dishes that caught our eye to share!
The Lebanese Zucchini, chickpea, garlic yoghurt, crispy crumbs, paprika butter was a lovely rich but balanced vegetarian dish.
The Fried Cauliflower, caramelised onions, currants, pine nuts was probably my least favorite dish we tried. An interesting combination, but the cauliflower was a little bit too fried for my liking and had taken on a bit of a charcoal, burnt flavour that I wasn't such a fan of.
The Persian Meatballs, tomato and saffron sauce, labne were also flavoursome, packed with those signature Middle Eastern flavours. The tomato sauce was lovely also, and almost needed some crusty bread to soak it all up!
We only really had a small taste of what Rumi has to offer, and would love to go back and try the proper tasting menu. A really beautiful restaurant that offers dining worthy of a special occasion at everyday, affordable prices. The reviews don't lie! The sister restaurant 'Moor's Head' in Thornbury is currently also pretty high on my 'to try' list also.