Situated on Balaclava Road right near Caulfield Park, Hilulim has been providing kosher meals to the community for a number of years. Owner Ravit Gabai has has purposely kept the interior low key and comfortable, and aims to provide value for money and a family home vibe. Ravit and her mother run the kitchen, working all night to prepare food for the next day. All the food is made fresh and without preservatives, artificial flavours or colourings. Almost everything is made by themselves, from the pita and laffa, to the...

In the middle of a small shopping strip next to the Manningham Council offices, Kolbeh Persian Restaurant is a simple and modest place offering traditional Persian dishes. We visit on a Friday, and though live music is usually happening every Friday and Saturday night, unfortunately we didn't get to hear any on the day. [caption id="attachment_11436" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Kashk-o Bademjan - Mashed eggplant, fried onion, herbs, and garlic,dressed by kashk (whey) and walnut ($11.50)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11435" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Persian Dips - Salad Olovieh, Cucumber Yogurt, warm grain dip ($9.50)[/caption] We begin...

It's not often that you hear of non-profit restaurants, but Feast of Merit is such a place. 100% of their profits go to YGAP, an organisation that runs social enterprises such as this one. YGAP supports local organisations in Australia, Kenya and South Africa which have the aim of reaching communities disadvantaged by poverty, empowering them to become self-sustainable. Feast of Merit features a contemporary Middle Eastern menu with a seasonal, sustainable and ethical farm-to-table philosophy. There's a distinct breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, and since we visited during...

Started by two friends with a penchant for travel, Dip In Cafe has been occupying a building right opposite Red Spice Road since early last year. It has a humble entrance, but walking down the stairs you're greeted by a large, spacious and colourful dining area filled with knick knacks and decorative pieces that clearly reflect their love for international adventure. Although they have many other things on offer, their passion is in their dips, which are made in-house with natural ingredients, and no additives or preservatives. The selection...

After many, many years, I finally made it around to Moroccan Soup Bar. I'd heard there are normally crazy queues, especially on Fridays and weekends, but I think today the cold and wet weather got the better of most people, and though it was still full, there wasn't a line at the time we came. We'd made a booking to be safe, since we just made the minimum requirement of six people. It's a spoken menu here, and most people go with the banquet. There's a choice of either...

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