Feast on flavourful Persian fare and crafted cocktails at the new-look Rumi restaurant
If you regularly find yourself with a hankering for hummus (not the supermarket kind), ripping apart some freshly baked bread and plunging it into a bowl of Mirza Ghasemi (charcoal-smoked eggplant with egg, tomato and garlic) and munching on a Persian-style kebab with a side of saffron rice, take your tastebuds on a culinary journey at Rumi in Broadbeach. The deliciously modern Persian restaurant recently relocated from its long-time home on the Gold Coast Highway to a sophisticated new space on Surf Parade.
Food-filled adventures abroad are still somewhat of a pipe dream but Rumi is here to fill our culinary cravings with bold flavours and exotic libations. Rumi’s cosy new home is nestled beneath the Phoenician building, next door to Smokehouse Meat & Co Grill & Bar, and offers a mix of indoor and open-air seating alongside a stylish new bar that shakes up an impressive selection of sips. Alongside the usual suspects (margarita, espresso martini, mojito, to name a few) Rumi’s signature cocktail list offers some more unusual (and delicious) creations such as Cyrus’ Victory (Persian whisky, bitters, lemon and sugar), Shahname (Persian rum, Persian coconut, Midori and pineapple) and the delightfully refreshing 1001 Night (Persian Arak Saggi, mint, pomegranate, cucumber and orange).
As for the food, Rumi dishes up a vast menu ranging from warm and cold starters such as Kash Bademjan (grilled eggplant with caramelised onion, garlic, fried dried mint and thick whey) through to hearty, meaty mains including the popular Makhsoos (skewer of marinated boneless chicken, skewer of grilled minced-lamb kebab served with grilled tomato and saffron rice) and Baghali Polo Ba Mahiche (slow-cooked lamb shank with herbed rice and broad beans). Rumi also offers rib-eye steak, Mahi kebab (grilled fish) and vegetarian options. The new menu is still being finalised so expect some exciting new additions in coming weeks. Rumi is owned and operated by Meisam, who was a professional butcher for more than 12 years before coming to Australia. Meisam’s family business provided meat and fresh produce to over 100 restaurants in Tehran, so he knows a thing or two about excellent cuts. Meisam created Rumi’s menu based on the best and most popular recipes with a touch of homemade and traditional Persian cooking techniques.
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