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“Delicious modern Middle Eastern food”
Review of Maha

Maha
Ranked #10 of 4,114 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$47
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Newcastle, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Delicious modern Middle Eastern food”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

A must to go when in Melbourne. The menu is designed to enable a taste of fantastic middle eastern food with a modern yet traditional tone incorporating exceptional local produce.
Good value for the quality, variety in the best restaurant in Melbourne.
Substantial portions in every course unlike some pricey restauants where you leave feeling hungry.
Will return on my mext trip to Melbourne

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank margaretmadikian
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hi margaretmadikian,
Thanks for taking the time to post your review - it's always a pleasure to read when our guests have enjoyed their Maha experience. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again when you're next in town.
Thanks
Shane
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Excellent, but with a warning”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

We were lucky enough to dine at Maha for dinner on a recent visit to Melbourne, and were impressed by the food and service. Right from the initial phone call to book dinner, the staff were friendly and helpful.
We decided to enjoy the 4 course "soufra" a shared menu. The initial course came out and was explained to us - and we hungrily enjoyed the bread and dips/spreads, olives and little lamb balls - 4 plates in all. We were offered extra bread too so that was good. Next course of 2 plates was again absolutely delicious - the pork was divine! Again we ate everything off the plates - big mistake! By now, we were feeling rather full - to stop now would have been ideal. We asked the wait staff to delay our third course a bit so that we could feel a little recovered, and that was fine.
The third course included market fish (salmon), their 12 hour roasted lamb, and a couple of vegetable dishes. Again, all very delicious, but we didn't manage to eat much of this. Another requested delay before dessert, which included ice cream, Turkish delight doughnuts and a chocolate pot. Sadly, I managed a bit of the ice cream and only a bite of the others. (I thought the doughnuts a bit doughy but everything else was beautiful)
We really enjoyed our experience here and the food was fabulous - there was just too much. It was explained that this was the custom with shared food to ensure that the plates were generous - and that some people even then feel they would have liked more - but not us! Half the amount would have sufficed us, we would easily have shared our meal with another couple and then felt that we'd done it justice. Maybe there needs to be a small portion option.
So, if you have a small/moderate appetite, beware... and don't feel you need to eat every plate put on your table clean, but enjoy the beautiful food and excellent service.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank CarolynHa
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hi CarolynHa,
Thanks for taking the time to pst your review after your recent Maha experience. Great to read that you enjoyed your 4 courses with us, we certainly like to ensure our guests don't leave hungry! I do hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to dine with us at Maha again soon - perhaps for one of our lunch specials rather than the whole 4 courses this time!
Thanks
Dana
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
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“Must try list”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Wasn't quite sure what to expect as it had been recommended, very happy that I went delicious meals would definitely go again.

  • Visited July 2014
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hi Walter B,
I'm pleased to read that you visited Maha on a recommendation and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back again soon,
Thanks
Shane
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Amazing and delicious food. Definitely recommend this !”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

First time visit here and absolutely loved the whole experience.
Partner took me here as a surprise birthday dinner and I loved it.
The service was great but most of all food was amazing and so many tasty dishes.
I did think it was a little too pricey but would definitely recommend it for a special occasion !!

Visited August 2014
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Thank M S
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hi M S
Great to read that you loved the whole experience with us and... Happy Birthday! I hope we get the chance to welcome you back to Maha for another special occasion soon.
cheers
Shane
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Shane Delia and his team never disappoints!”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Chose the 3 course set lunch menu. Outstanding value for $40 per person, and the food is so delicious. Amazing middle eastern flavours presented creatively and with a modern twist. The 12 hour slow roasted lamb was delicious, but many other favourites including the smoked hummous dip, the cracked wheat pilaf and the delicious toasted marshmallow rice pudding. Will be definitely going back for the Spice Journey Sunday lunch.

  • Visited August 2014
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ShaneDelia, Owner at Maha, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Hi TaniaT2012
Thanks for taking the time to post your review after dining with us for lunch recently. And thanks for posting the pic of us! Great to read that you enjoyed your lunch and I hope to welcome you back to Maha again soon.
Thanks
Shane
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