If you’ve been to Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia, you’d realise the diverse attractions that the city offers to travellers – from the Royal Botanic Gardens to Queen Victoria Market, to the Great Ocean Road. But, the city is not just known for its beautiful diversity and potpourri of cultures. With a growing Muslim population from around the world, it now offers many Muslim-friendly facilities and halal cuisine options.
Muslims don’t need to worry about dietary requirements while touring the city as there are many halal eateries and prayer facilities.
Celebrity chef George Calombaris of Masterchef Australia fame’s, inner-city restaurant hotspot, Gazi, has halal-certified meat for everything except their lamb dishes. Located in one of Melbourne’s beautiful heritage buildings, the restaurant is a modern Greek grill that offers Greek bites such as mini souvlaki.
Awarded best new restaurant at the Good Food Guide awards, Supernormal is another halal-friendly restaurant located in Flinders Lane in the heart of the city. The menu includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes, influenced by Chef Andrew McConnell’s time in Asia. The food is designed for sharing and the extensive menu covers light bites like home-made dumplings, to larger dishes like fresh seafood poached in a red miso broth served with ramen noodles. Supernormal serves halal lamb dishes as well as other halal meat depending on availability.
Once you’ve had your fill, you can check out the vibrant neighbourhood of Brunswick, where the largest concentration of Muslims reside. Halal establishments take up a long stretch of Sydney Road, with a handful of halal butchers, restaurants and even Islamic clothing stores. In the Middle Eastern sector on Brunswick hill, the shops and Brunswick market have an abundance of exotic groceries, sweets and pastries, thick Turkish and flat Lebanese breads, and oven baked pizzas. Most recently, the popular burger joint, Royal Stacks has opened a halal branch in Sydney Road to cater to Muslim customers.