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Melbourne Food Guide: 11 Muslim-Friendly Eateries For Your Getaway Down Under

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Nasreen Nasir  •  Aug 25, 2016

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[Updated 8 August 2019] Everyone knows that eating and enjoying good food is an important aspect of travelling. Finding halal food, however, isn't always as easy. Fortunately, it is not as difficult to find halal food in Melbourne as we commonly think. Known for its diverse and multicultural population, Melbourne’s mix of cultures can be seen in its dining scene. Traditional or fusion, you can find almost every type of cuisine over here in Melbourne! 😍 To give you a better idea of what Melbourne has to offer, we've compiled a list of Muslim-friendly eateries for you! Do check it out if you're planning a trip to Melbourne soon (still, read on even if you're not going Melbourne anytime soon. You might change your mind 😉)
1. Blok M Express
Credit: @nutty61 on Instagram Blok M Express is an Indonesian restaurant located in the CBD, tucked along the quieter Little Bourke Street. The eatery is named after the same area in Indonesia, and it serves up authentic Indonesian dishes that are a treat to eat while you're exploring the city.
Credit: @axllxl on Instagram Blok M's speciality is easily its balado dishes. Comprising a fried main (chicken, fish or lamb) covered in spicy red chilli sauce, served alongside rice, it's a flavourful meal for sure! Alternatively, you could also opt for ayam bakar (grilled chicken) that's equally delectable.
Credit: @acai_acrai_hafiy on Instagram While you’re there, indulge in Blok M's delicious Ais Alpukat - an avocado smoothie that's rich and creamy and altogether amazing! Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 380 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000 Opening Hours: Sun - Wed, 11am - 9pm; Thu - Sat - 11am - 10pm Contact No: +61 3 9600 2534 Price: $13 - $15
2. Lord of the Fries
Credit:@lordofthefries1 on Instagram Lord of the Fries started out as a humble food van, and they travelled around the country to serve some of the best vegan fries and dipping sauces. Since then, they have expanded their menu to include vegan burgers, hotdog buns and other finger food after opening their first physical store in Melbourne. Freshness can be guaranteed as they are known for using freshly grown vegetables in their food. Be sure to try out their fries when you're there! You will be in for a treat😍
Credit: Lord of the Fries on Facebook  Halal status: Vegan restaurant, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Check out their branches and opening hours here. Price: From $15 and above Website
3. Zam Zam

Credit: @elvin_tan on Instagram

Located a stone’s throw away from Melbourne Central Railway Station, Zam Zam serves Indian-Malaysian fusion cuisine at an affordable price. If you're travelling around the area and are looking for a quick meal, do drop by Zam Zam! Be sure to try their briyani when you're there! :)

#HHWT Tip: They offer a student discount if you're still studying! 😊

Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 364 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Directions: Exit Melbourne Central Station and head south on Elizabeth street towards Little Lonsdale street. Turn right onto Lonsdale street; destination will be on the right Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 10am - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday - 11am - 9pm Price: $15 and below Website | Facebook

[P.S. Looking for cafes instead? These Instagrammable and Muslim-friendly cafes in Melbourne will be perfect for you!]
4. Alamaro Restaurant
Credit: @this_is.mann on Instagram Love Italian food? Well, you’re in luck! Alamaro Restaurant takes pride in providing guests with an authentic Italian dining experience. They make use of high-quality ingredients so as to ensure that the taste will not be compromised. From pizza and pasta to steaks and seafood, Alamaro Restaurant serves some of the best of Italian cuisine we've tried. You'd definitely have a pleasant meal over here! ☺️ Halal Status:  Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 114 Bell St, Coburg VIC 3058, Australia Directions: From Melbourne CBD, take the train at Flinders Street Railway Station via Upfield line and disembark at Coburg station. Alamaro Restaurant is a 3-minute walk away from the station. Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday - 5pm to 10pm. Closed on Tuesdays Contact No: +61 3 9918 8087 or reserve online Price: $12 - 23 Facebook
5. Nasi Lemak House
Credit: @fabulousfaris23 on Instagram One of the most iconic dishes in Malaysia is definitely Nasi Lemak. It's a dish that many Malaysians eat for breakfast and definitely one that many Malaysians have fond memories of. If you're homesick or simply want a taste of home, give Nasi Lemak House a try! To recreate the taste of Nasi Lemak in Malaysia, the store makes its own sambal chilli and curry paste. It's definitely one of the best in Melbourne ☺️ To feel more at home, get the usual Malaysian selection of soft drinks like Kickapoo Joy Juice, ISO 100 and Root Beer! Halal Status:  Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 115 Grattan Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Directions: Take the tram from University of Melbourne/Swanston station and head toward Lincoln Sq (Stop 3). Head north on Swanston St toward Grattan St. Turn right onto Grattan St. Nasi Lemak House is a 4-minute walk away from the station. Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday - 12pm to 10pm Contact No: +61 3 9348 1572 Price: $20 and below
6. Mama Wong’s Kitchen
Credit: @my_foodtrail on Instagram There are days where all you want is a simple and hearty meal. On such days, you can head over to Mama Wong, a humble eatery that serves freshly cooked and tasty dishes. Their homemade honey chicken and mee goreng are really amazing! Do give it a try if you're there! 🤗
Credit: @kimjunghwa143 on Instagram If you're looking for Chinese food, this is definitely the place to be! Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 164 Sydney Rd, Coburg 3058 Directions : Take the tram at University of Melbourne/Swanston station via Upfield line and stop at Sydney Road (Stop 132). Head west on Moreland Rd and Mama Wong’s Kitchen is a 6-minute walk away from the station Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 5 pm to 9:30 pm (Closed on Mondays) Contact No: +61 3 9383 4196 Price: $8.50 - 16.50
7. CBD Kebabs
Credit: @gourmanda_me on Instagram We're always on a lookout for halal snacks and kebab is definitely on the top of our list. The aroma of the beautifully roasted meat is good enough to entice us into buying an entire box of this sinful treat. 😍 #HHWT Tip: It gets pretty crowded as it is a small eatery in a bustling city, so get there as fast as you can before it hits peak hours.
Credit: @annelaurencia on Instagram Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 2/546 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Directions: Head south on Elizabeth St toward Bourke St. Turn right onto Flinders St/State Route 30. Your destination will be on the right Opening Hours: Sunday to Wed - 10am to 4am, Thur - 10am - 5am, Friday and Saturday - 10am to 7am. Price : Between $10 and $20 
8. Nelayan
Credit: @chieko__yamaguchi on Instagram This Swanston Street eatery serves traditional Indonesian staples, including beef rendang, curry chicken, murtabak, gado gado, and nasi goreng. If you’re looking for a hearty meal, look no further. Nelayan won’t disappoint you with its offerings of authentic Southeast Asian flavors ❤️ Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 265 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC Directions: From CBD, head north on Elizabeth St toward Little Bourke St. Turn right onto Little Bourke St. Turn left onto Swanston St Opening Hours: 11am - 9pm daily Contact No: +61 3 9663 5886 Price: $12 and above
9. Es Teler 77
Credit: @foodbloggergagal on Instagram Another Indonesian eatery, Es Teler 77 is the place to go if you want to try a traditional Indonesian drink called es teler. Owned by Ms Murniati Widjaja, Es Teler has opened more than 200 outlets across Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and they're finally here in Australia. 😄 Don’t forget to get your hands on scrumptious delicacies like the Fried Otak-Otak, Mihun Rebus, Soto Ayam Ketupat, and the famous Bakso.  Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: Emporium Melbourne, Level Three, 287 Lonsdale Street, CBD, Melbourne Directions: From CBD, head north on Elizabeth St toward Little Bourke St. Turn right onto Lonsdale St. Turn left onto Swanston St Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday - 10.30am to 7pm, Thursday and Friday - 10.30am to 9pm Price: $15 and above
10. Dolan Uyghur Food Heaven
Credit:@tyailyana on Instagram Originating from Central and East Asia, the Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group whose cuisine uses primarily lamb meat. This restaurant serves a fusion of Chinese and Turkish cuisine. With Middle Eastern decor, it's a unique dining experience for locals and tourists alike! Serving Halal Chinese food with a Turkish twist, the Uyghur's lamb kebabs, handmade noodle dishes and steamed buns are a must-try! 😍 Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Directions: Head east on La Trobe St toward Queen St. Turn onto Queen St and then left onto Little Lonsdale St. Opening Hours:  Daily, 11.30am to 10pm Contact No: +61 39041 8802 Price: $5 - $40. Website
11. Chinese Lanzhou Auspicious Palace
Credit: Hamdan Seinpaal on Facebook Piping hot and delicious broth, chunks of tender beef and springy hand-pulled noodles 😋 Sounds like the ideal dish to warm your belly (and heart!) during Melbourne's cold winter, right? And lucky for you - you can get this at Chinese Lanzhou Auspicious Palace. Newly opened in 2018, this eatery has been gaining its own crowd of both Muslims and non-Muslims. If you're not in the mood for noodles and soup, this place also serves mouthwatering Chinese dishes like braised beef with vegetables. You're definitely in for a satisfying meal when you're here! Halal status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment. Please note that this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Address: 128 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Opening hours: Sun - Wed, 11.30am - 9pm, Thur - Sat, 11.30am - 9.30pm Contact No: +61 481 187 365 The food scene in Melbourne is ever-changing. It is definitely an exciting city to explore for food lovers! As a cosmopolitan city, the search for Muslim-friendly eateries shouldn't pose too much of a problem. If you know of other hidden gems in Melbourne, do let us know in the comment section below! ☺️