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Review of Cafe Zum Zum

Cafe Zum Zum
Ranked #998 of 4,516 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $18 - $22
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 31, 2013

This has always been a great place to eat, casual dining, pleasant staff and good food. The Malouf family that opened it originally have returned and given it a gentle shake!! all for the better. The menu has changed, and the food is better than ever. Some new faces among the staff and a slightly different atmosphere, dare I say a little more professional. We enjoyed it very much and will stay happy diners.

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Thank MissKDonkey
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Zum Zum was recommended to us and this unassuming restaurant in Nth Carlton was a real surprise. Small and with very helpful and attentive waiting staff, we had a great evening.

We found best to share everything. The Middle Eastern/Moroccan style food was terrific - our favourite was the slow cooked lamb - superb.

Other must have's: Kibbeh - ground lamb and pinenuts, and Sambousek - pies with feta and spinach.

we will be back !!

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Thank PeterR931
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

After being disappointed at other Melbournian high-end, well-known middle eastern food establishments, it was with some trepidation that I entered here. We'd eaten at Greg Malouf's Mo Mo years ago, which was very high end, and had one of the best meals we'd had of any cuisine. Zum Zum is far more casual. The place was packed and a little noisy (Saturday night), and remained full for our entire stay. As people left, more people instantly replaced them. Surely a good sign ? Why yes, yes it was.
Service was attentive, but perhaps a little casual for some (not us). Entree dips passed the first test - enough pita bread to finish the dips. Baba ganoush was smokey and excellent; tzatziki was perfect, just perfect; hommus was a little bland (why is it so hard to find good hommus in Melbourne ?). Pickled vegetables not to my taste, but overall a good start.
Mains came not long after which was great (we hate waiting !). Chicken wings were excellent. Twice cooked, don't you know. Which, to me, means... they're cooked.The fish (‘tarator style’) could be either salmon or fish-of-the-day, which today was whole snapper. Our party had both, and they were quite different. Both were excellent. The tarator style did not overwhelm the salmon, and the whole snapper was delicately flavoured and just divine. Lamb shoulder was very much enjoyed. Vegetarians are not left out - Mushroom Tagine with egg, olive & lemon, buered cous cous was fresh, lively and aromatic.
Whilst not the full on feast of yore that you used to get at Lebanese restaurants (and still do at some), we found the portions to be quite adequate for moderate eaters. But don't go thinking you'll be rolling out of there - it's not that sort of place.
Bonus of not being full was that we had the dessert platter for 4. It came with Baklava (nice, not sweet/drizzly enough !),Turkish delight(delicate but a little underwhelming), some of the best Persian fairy floss I've ever tasted, and a Vanilla Yoghurt Pannacotta with a berry sauce (yummo !). Excellent value at $22. Very nice Arabic coffee too, which created a nice synergy with the Turkish delight, and ended our meal satisfaction another notch up.
The Lebanese beer, Almaza (a pilsener), was quite to my taste. Either the beer itself, or the glass detergent, prevented a proper head, but it did not affect my enjoyment of it. I could drink these all night. The red wine, though from good producers, a little young.
At $60 per head (including total of 6 alcoholic drinks at around $9 ea.), not so cheap, but excellent value for the quality of the food. And even though people were always waiting, they didn't rush people out the door once their meals were finished.
So overall, a much enjoyed meal. I'd rate it 4.5 stars if i could, but TA only allows 4 or 5, so 5 it is.

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Thank gocdaworld
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We have been looking forward to a return visit for some time and it did not disappoint. We went for the banquet which gave us a great choice of mezze style starters followed by chicken skewers and the slow cooked lamb finished with coffee and deserts. It was a busy evening, booking is necessary, service was still good and quick despite this. We had the early sitting from 6-8 pm so had to be finished in 2 hours but they did explain that when booking and the timing was fine without feeling rushed.
Enjoyed by all the family, including 2 teenagers, will be back!

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Thank TasDevils
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We have eaten here a few times in the past, but this time we decided would be the last. The dishes are very overpriced for what you get - small servings, with meat only and no vegetables, all for about $28. I also found the twice cooked duck quite tasteless. Considering the wide variety of options available in Melbourne, I think Zum Zum could offer more flavor and better value for money.

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