Restaurant review: Zum Zum, Rathdowne St, North Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Middle Eastern food has a deserved reputation for simple earthy ingredients but plenty of flavour. So it is with Zum Zum. Lots of choices for vegetarians and vegans too, although the best food (as always) is reserved for us pescatarians, or should I say vegaquarians? Starting with stuffed vine leaves with olive oil, two serves of some wonderful grilled calamari with typically earthy spices on rocket and pomegranate, prawns grilled and laid over a mouth-watering traditional Arabic garden salad, and Portobello mushrooms sautéed with coriander, capsicum and pomegranate essence, we found ourselves unable to immediately contemplate main courses. The Marlborough sauvignon blanc provided an excellent accompaniment, without being overpowered by the flavoursome dishes. Our only quibble, by the time we got around (after talking about the wonders of the OMS diet for weight loss, an issue close to the heart of one of our group) to asking for the main of fish of the day with walnuts, coriander, chilli and tahini sauce, we were advised that it took too long to cook to fit it in before the next sitting arrived! So we had to make do with the fresh mint tea and some aromatic Turkish delight. Oh well, enough room left for a visit to Yumbo's up the road, and a passionfruit sorbet.
Would have to be 8/10 for the food, and 9/10 for the low price.