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“Interesting and generous”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Maha

Maha
Ranked #8 of 4,060 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $47
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Sydney, Australia
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Interesting and generous”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner with 10 workmates and chose a set menu to make it easy. The first thing that stood out was the knowLedge of the waiters- they knew what they were talking about and were enthusiastic in their descriptions. The dishes were interesting and very tasty- a mixture of the well known Middle Eastern dishes with some original ones thrown in. The food was well paced and plentiful- what was really good was the waiter assessing how we were going quantity wise, and then bringing out more of a couple of the main dishes that had been quickly demolished. The wine list was good, and the drink service attentive ( Maybe too much so as quite a few heads suffered next morning) The setting down below street level was quite cosy centred on a good bar. We had a very enjoyable and noisy night-- not sure what the other guests thought of that!

Visited March 2014
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Hi Frans
Great to read that you had an enjoyable night here with us at Maha! I'm always happy to read when our team have ensured you've left us full and happy. I hope the sore heads passed quickly the next morning! Thanks for taking the time to post your review and we look forward to having you back at Maha again soon.
Thanks
Shane
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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“Beautiful night very good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

I love this place,very good food,my lamb was delicious,a fabulous restaurant and a good service.we 'll be back,thanks Maha

Visited March 2014
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Thank Claude L
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Hi Claude,
Thanks for your review. Great to read that you enjoyed the Lamb - its definitely a favourite for many. We look forward to seeing you back at Maha again soon.
Thanks
Shane
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Love middle eastern cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Although it is pricey the food is delicious. The flavours are very home style but are presented with culinary flair. Service was reasonable also.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank lucinda1972
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Hi Lucinda,
Thanks for posting your review, I appreciate it.
Hope to welcome you back to Maha again soon. Thanks, Shane.
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“Good Food, inappropriate wine list”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

I was here for lunch with a group of men. We meet regularly at different locations and look forward to good food and nice "affordable" wines. At Maha we did enjoy the food, we chose the banquet which is much easier with a group. The service was excellent with every dish being well explained. However, the big let down was the wine list - very large BUT so expensive, way out of balance for this type of restaurant. Our choice had to be based on price because I have never seen a list with so many $100+ wines and so little under $100. Interesting as I looked around the restaurant, it was nearly full and we were the only table with wine!

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank HarryOz
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Hi HarryOz,
Thanks for your feedback, it's the best way for us to continually improve our offering. I'll be sure to take your comments on board regarding the wine list. Thanks for taking the time to post your review. I do hope we'll get the opportunity to welcome you back to Maha again.
Thanks
Shane
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Maha is marvellous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

It had been several months since we last ate at Maha and loved the food, so we we were keen to return. Maha is not cheap, but a birthday gave us the excuse to lash out. We were certainly not disappointed.

Maha specialises in a modern take on middle eastern cuisine, with chef Shane Delia in charge. His innovative style of cooking is most impressive. The menu shows four different sharing meals, ranging from about $200 per head to $55. We chose the four course menu, at $85 per person. I may have missed a dish or two, but I'll try to sum up the meal.

Starters included pita bread and the best hummus we have ever eaten, accompanied by slivers of crispy lamb. There was also a bowl of different olives, a salad and some raw fish. Perhaps there were some nuts, too. Not sure.

Entrees were mussel and spinach rolls, deep fried and crispy, then wagu beef slices with creamed sweet potato. I think there were crumbed sardines at this stage, too.

Mains included slow cooked shoulder of lamb, which melted in the mouth. There was fried kale, warm burgle (spelling?) and a fatoush salad.

Among the three desserts were small deep fried balls - doughnuts with a filling of Turkish delight. Amazing! A container of chocolate soil, 'growing' tiny green shoots, was topped by ovals of berry custard. And a shot glass of coloured ice proved to be watermelon, berry and beetroot. So refreshing!

Service was incredibly good. Wine, like the food, is not cheap, so allow at least $60 for a bottle of wine.

It was a memorable evening. Pity we don't have birthdays more often!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank nocatnow
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Hi Nocatnow,
Thank goodness for birthdays - I'm glad that you chose to celebrate here with us at Maha! I'm happy to read that you enjoyed all of your courses and that it was a memorable evening. Here's to more birthdays and more visits to Maha! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks for taking the time to post this review,
Shane.
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