It’s been a month since our return to Melbourne Australia. Hibernation and recuperation has been a big factor and it was only a few Fridays ago where we enjoyed our favourite meal since we’ve been back. Feast of Merit is an initiative from ygap that takes inspiration from seasonal and locally sourced produce with a Middle Eastern twist. The former cafe interiors have been stripped off and the raw bones and exposed bricks left us all feeling like after a detox, bright and happy.
It’s birthday week! Usually the only time I can self-indulge and not feel overly narcissistic. In the past years, I have been extremely spoilt and lavished with really extravagant birthday meals but this year, we wanted to steer away from a fine dining experience, to something more relaxed and modest.
As a birthday tradition, S & I like to take each other out for dinner to celebrate our birthdays. Which means we’re able to spend quality time together gossipping non-stop and it’s almost like a little test to see if we can choose a restaurant which the other will love. She had a request for a hidden or underground restaurant to which, after a week of wittling down my list, I decided with Rumi. The interior of the restaurant is exotic and decorated to reflect a Middle Eastern culture. We are seated in a secluded corner which cuts away the din of the restaurant and we are able to talk easily. The menu is made up of small and medium plates to share.