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Are There Any Halal Restaurants In Melbourne?

If you’re an avid traveller, then there’s no question as to whether Melbourne is on your list of must-visit destinations. Consistently voted as the most liveable city globally, Melbourne is an eclectic mix of both city and scenery that manages to set itself apart from other cities. 

From adorable wildlife to picture-perfect gardens, to an incredible café scene, stunning Instagrammable coastlines, fantastic shopping spots, world-class dining, getaway spots unlike anything you could ever imagine, and anything and everything you could think of in between, Melbourne has it all!

Melbourne also happens to be Muslim-friendly and has one of the largest Muslim populations in Australia, along with Sydney. Muslims from all over the world - the Middle East, India, Malaysia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and so on - have settled down in Melbourne.

If you're planning a trip to Melbourne to see what the fuss is all about, we can’t think of a better way to experience Melbourne and its unique vibe than through its food! You’ll be able to eat to your heart’s content without having to worry about the food being Halal! 

How great is that!? And, while there are countless Halal restaurants in Melbourne serving cuisines from across the globe, here we’ve listed some of our favourites - must-visit Halal food places in Melbourne that’ll make you wish you were staying longer!

Must-Visit Halal Restaurants in Melbourne

There are many restaurants, cafes and retail shops around Melbourne that serve or sell halal food, from fine dining to cheap and cheerful eateries. You'll find a large concentration of halal establishments along Sydney Road, Brunswick, in particular. 

Below is a list of Melbourne restaurants serving a selection of halal dishes. Make sure you call the establishment before booking, as details and availability may change without notice.

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Tiba’s Lebanese Restaurant

The family-run Tiba’s Lebanese Restaurant, located on Sydney Road, is a must-visit if you’re craving authentic Lebanese food that's Halal and easy on the wallet. 

Serving up some killer dishes, including juicy shish kebabs, shawarma, and succulent quail, you won’t have to worry a single bit while dining here because of everything’s Halal. Try the kafta, lamb cutlets, falafel, and hommos too!

Tiba’s Lebanese restaurant on Sydney Road is an absolute must-try if you’re after Authentic Lebanese food that’s Halal-friendly, served in a buzzing dining hall. Everything here is Halal, which means you don’t have to hold back on the kafta, lamb cutlets, Lebanese sausages, quail or chicken wings. 

Of course, there’s some epic falafel and baba ghanooj action too, and you can even order online for home delivery. Nice.

Tiba’s is a family-run restaurant nestled in the northern suburbs of Victoria. Take your time to scan through their extensive Lebanese cuisine menu, which incorporates wraps, grilled dishes and salads. 

Their set menu is great for Muslim travellers who are in groups and pose as a great budget-friendly option. You can never go wrong with a warm kebab to end the day!

Tiba’s Lebanese Restaurant is Halal-certified.

  • Cuisine: Lebanese
  • Address: 504 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia

Nasi Lemak House

These guys do many things right, but boy, will their nasi lemak hit the right spot! Nasi Lemak House is one of the best Halal restaurants in Melbourne for you to get a fix of your favourite Malaysian staple, amongst crowd favourites like laksa, mee goreng, char kway teow and other well-known Malaysian hawker food. 

Finish your meal off with some teh tarik or sirap bandung. And if you’re not in the mood to head out, you can make use of NL House’s Award-Winning Online Ordering and Delivery Service and get the food sent right to your doorstep!

  • Cuisine: Malaysian
  • Address: 115 Grattan Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Moroccan Soup Bar

The Moroccan Soup Bar in Fitzroy North is all about simplicity and generosity. The vegetarian restaurant is a crowd favourite, and you are sure to see why, after just one visit. 

With no written menu and one that is constantly changing, it is also the perfect spot for adventurous foodies who like to be gastronomically surprised. Go for their famous chickpea bake and sample whatever interests you at their ‘Moroccan Soup Bar’. You won’t regret it!

  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Address: 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, Australia

Biryani House

Biryani House offers affordable, delicious, and generously prepared Indian favourites, from fragrant biryanis to flavourful, spice-infused curries, crispy naan bread, and so much more. This is one of our top Halal food places in Melbourne, so we really could recommend pretty much everything on the menu. 

But if you’re looking for a bit of help deciding, go for the Hyderabadi dum biryani, the lamb tikka, and the butter chicken with some butter naan, and end your meal with the pineapple kheer!

  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Address: 343 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Dolan Uyghur Food Heaven

With its Middle Eastern-inspired interior and Uyghur Chinese menu, Dolan Uyghur is one of the unique Halal restaurants in Melbourne, in our opinion. 

Not only is it a great place to get some delicious Halal Chinese food in Melbourne (Chinese, but with a bit of a twist, of course), but it is also the perfect spot to learn all about the people and culture of the lesser-known Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic minority group living in Central and East Asia. Must-try here include the handmade noodle dishes and the steamed buns.

This food heaven is great for Muslim travellers wanting to try a fusion of Chinese and Turkish fare. Since Uyghur cuisine consists mostly of lamb meat, you must indulge in their lamb skewers and lamb chops which are both tender and flavourful. For those who want a little more, why not give their succulent lamb shank a try?

Dolan Uyghur Food Heaven is Muslim-owned, and their kitchen is Halal-certified.

  • Cuisine: Turkish, Chinese
  • Address: 166 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia and three other locations

Zikrayat Lebanese Cuisine

It’s all about the best Lebanese food at Zikrayat. Dishing up a wide selection of mouth-watering Lebanese dishes, from kibbeh and shish tawook to pilaf rice and salmon, Zikrayat Lebanese Cuisine is all about quality food prepared from top quality ingredients. It's the perfect place for a get-together with friends and family after a long, tiring week.

  • Cuisine: Lebanese
  • Address: 229 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Victoria, Australia

Killiney Kopitiam

"Killiney Kopitiam" originated from the famous Killiney Road in Singapore, opened in 1919. Enjoy local delights like kaya toast, laksa, fried carrot cake, nasi lemak with curry chicken or rendang beef and much more within Melbourne's laneways.

Address: 114 Lygon St, Carlton or Shop 11/108 Bourke St, Melbourne

Mamak

Within Melbourne's shopping precinctMamak is renowned for authentic, bold and traditional flavours, with smart and friendly service. If you are keen on an affordable Malaysian hawker fare, be sure to bookmark this pork-free restaurant for dinner.

Mamak Melbourne is an award-winning restaurant selling Malaysian-style hawker food. This restaurant is popular for dishes that boast authentic and bold flavours. 

The Roti Canai and Dhal seem to be a crowd favourite among regular diners as they tuck into their meals while sipping on frothy Teh Tarik. This hidden gem brings a little piece of Kuala Lumpur to Australia’s hipster capital.

All meat served at Mamak Melbourne is Halal. However, it is not officially Halal-certified, so please dine at your discretion.

Address: 366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Gaylord Indian Restaurant

Chinatown in Melbourne might seem an unusual place to find an Indian restaurant, but the award-winning Gaylord has been here so long (since 1985) that it’s practically an institution. The place grabs your attention with its mix of elaborate gold wallpaper, plush red chairs, lanterns and chandeliers. Please note that alcohol is served in this restaurant.

Address: 4 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

4fingers

Chicken is specially cooked using their house recipe, resulting in dishes that are packed with flavour. 4fingers only uses locally sourced fresh chicken that is antibiotic or hormone-free. 

4fingers guarantees no MSG is included, and every piece of chicken is hand-brushed with their signature sauces only when you order. Though the menu is Halal friendly and does not serve pork, alcoholic drinks are part of their beverage menu. 

Address: 189-191 Bourke St, Melbourne

Pondok Rempah

Pondok Rempah, or translated “House of Spices”, is an Indonesian restaurant located in the heart of Melbourne's city centre. The restaurant offers a unique, authentic Indonesian cuisine experience derived from the passions brought by Indonesian chefs and is Halal certified.

Address: 487 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Papparich

The delicately crafted dishes never fail to deliver bursts of flavour and colour thanks to the use of an original mix of herbs, spices and fresh produce, cooked according to traditional recipes. Try PappaRich's signature dishes, such as nasi lemak with curry chicken and sambal shrimp, chicken curry laksa and ABC (Ice Kacang).

Papparich is a superb restaurant for those who are feeling a tad homesick. Their menu includes a large range of Malaysian cuisine, from hearty bowls of noodles and roti to flavoursome satay. 

It would be best if you savoured some delicious lychee grass jelly or the classic soya milk grass jelly to quench your thirst.

All meat served at Papparich is Halal. However, it is not officially Halal-certified, so please dine at your discretion.

Address: Various locations around Melbourne, including QV Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Northland Shopping Centre

Claypots Evening Star

Evening Star is The Claypots clan's South Melbourne venture located on the outer corner of the South Melbourne Market, the oldest of Melbourne's markets. Style, substance and seafood come together here and boast of the finest seafood in the city. Please note the beverage menu includes alcohol.

Address: South Melbourne Market, 101 South, Cecil St, South Melbourne

A1 Bakery

A1 Bakery first opened in 1992 in the commercial heartland of Sydney Road, Brunswick. It was operating as a Lebanese bakery and Middle Eastern grocer, selling a variety of bread (khubz), pita, pies, Lebanese pizza and Mediterranean grocery items.

Address: 643-645 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Gazi

CBD

George Calombaris’s delicious Greek hangout, Gazi, serves up some delicious Halal food in an awesome CBD setting. Everything except their lamb is certified Halal, so there are some drool-worthy options for lunch and dinner. Saganaki Sliders with beetroot relish!? We could eat these for days.

Sezar

CBD

With a focus on Armenian flavours with a modern Australian twist, Sezar serves delicious Halal-certified dishes that range from spiced beef cheek to an entire lamb shoulder. The triple-cooked chips are amazing, and if you’re still hungry after a feed of savoury finds, the baklava and chocolate marquis are both fantastic. Hands down, one of the best Halal restaurants in Melbourne for celebrations.

Rumi

East Brunswick

It’s all about modern Middle Eastern flavours at East Brunswick hidden gem, Rumi. The menu includes charcoal chicken wings, spiced lamb and king prawns, along with delicious salads and vegetable sides (their crunchy potatoes are seasoned to perfection). 

Luckily for us lazy diners, Rumi also does a fantastic takeaway menu, meaning you can enjoy their Persian meatballs with tomato and saffron sauce, almonds and house yoghurt, or decadent quail kebabs, from the comfort of your couch.

As featured on the late Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, this beloved restaurant is a Mediterranean joint that exclusively serves Lebanese cuisine. 

You will find mezze dining here, where you get to sample from a selection of small dishes and charcoal bbq dishes. For those with a hearty appetite, opt for their banquet-style meal, which is strictly for sharing.

Rumi serves Halal meat but is not officially Halal-certified. They also serve alcohol at this establishment, so do dine at your discretion.

Supernormal

CBD

Andrew McConnell’s Asian-fusion restaurant comes complete with Halal lamb and duck dishes and a karaoke booth for some after-dinner Singstar action.

 If you’re looking for one of the coolest venues in town to get your fill of Japanese, Chinese and Korean flavours, this is it. 

Protip: The Supernormal team do what they can to source Halal meat supplies for other dishes, too, so make sure you ask what’s Halal-friendly on the day.

Red Spice Road

CBD

Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne for tucking into some Asian cuisine, Red Spice Road (which has venues in the QV Centre and on McKillop Street) ensures that all of its meat dishes are Halal, making it an awesome one-stop shop for an indulgent feast. While the sticky pork belly might be out of the question, Malaysian duck curry is mouth-watering, and the crispy chicken wings are To. Die. For. 

Epocha

Carlton

If you’re all about old-school dining that comes with top-notch service, Rathdowne Street institution Epocha should be your next Halal-friendly hot spot. Pairing super-fresh, locally sourced produce with traditional cooking techniques, this foodie favourite ensures that all its meat is Halal. 

It also serves up some killer dishes, including one of the best lamb shoulder roasts in the city. Team it up with some crispy artichokes with carrots and radishes and duck fat potatoes, and you’ve got yourself the best sharing feast you’ll scoff all month.

Abla's

Carlton

Abla Amad, this Lebanese restaurant’s namesake, is a culinary legend. Everything at her little Carlton restaurant is made from scratch, making Halal food in Melbourne that’s fresh, flavoursome and served with genuine love. 

If you’re the DIY type, pick up Abla’s cookbook, which is packed full of delicious recipes and tips. Book before you go—it’s a busy spot that’s a face with the locals.

Maha

CBD

One of Melbourne’s many hidden restaurants, award-winning basement venue Maha is home to some of the city’s most incredible Middle Eastern flavours. 

Headed up by Shane Delia of SBS’s ‘Spice Journey fame, it’s best to check with the staff what is Halal on the day. If they’ve got the supply, go for the six-course tasting menu and arrive hungrily.

The Veggie Bar

The Veggie Bar is another great joint for Muslim travellers to hit up. They are 100% vegan and offer gluten-free options for those with special dietary needs. 

Their menu includes a variety of Western dishes like gourmet pizza and burgers while serving up some Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes such as Malay Laksa and Moroccan Tagine. Eating clean never tasted so good!

The Veggie Bar is a purely vegan eatery. However, they do serve alcohol at this establishment, so do dine at your discretion.

Address: 380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Lord of the Fries

This purely vegan fast-food style eatery is perfect for Muslim travellers who want to indulge in some guilt-free burgers and fries. 

Lord of the Fries has an extensive vegan menu that includes veggie burgers, vegetarian nuggets and even vegetarian hot dogs. This eatery goes above and beyond to ensure that the ingredients used are fresh.

Lord of the Fries is not Halal-certified but is purely vegan and does not serve any meat.

Address: 383 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Curry Vault Indian Restaurant

Famous for their pepper lamb cutlets, Curry Vault is a must-visit for Muslim travellers craving real Indian food. Their perfectly spiced curry (especially their Dhal curry!) must be eaten with the crispy yet soft naan bread. 

Whether masala or korma, this authentic Indian restaurant is a great place to end your day of exploring Melbourne.

All meat available at Curry Vault is Halal. However, Curry Vault serves alcohol and is not officially Halal-certified, so please dine at your discretion.

Address: 18-20 Bank Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

Muslim consumers purchasing Australian meat need assurance that the meat they purchase is not only safe and wholesome but has also been slaughtered and handled following the rites of Islamic law and is therefore considered to be Halal.

Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran. The Islamic form of slaughtering animals or poultry, Bhabha, involves killing through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe. Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter, and all blood is drained from the carcass.

This could impact our export meat trade if truthfully disclosed. Secondly, all Coles meat products, excluding pork, is halal slaughtered, including beef, lamb and chicken. This is similar for IGA and a slightly lesser degree Woolworths as they sell an organic roast chicken that is not halal slaughtered.

Yet, for Muslim travellers, finding Halal-certified places to eat isn't always easy. Luckily, in Australia, you can find halal food in many major cities, which means there are plenty of places to try while you're on holiday. Over in Adelaide, Moroccan cuisine is your best bet when going for a Halal meal.

It is illegal for abattoirs in Australia to slaughter animals without stunning. However, a small number of facilities have been given an exemption to practice un-stunned ritual slaughter. This is not only for a small local halal market but also to meet Jewish or 'kosher' slaughter requirements.

Statistics show the majority of beef and sheepmeat in Australia is processed under Halal conditions, primarily to provide flexibility in trading options, should demand a certain product arise from a Muslim export country. For example, Australia's single largest (and best paying) market for beef livers is Egypt.

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