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Marvel at MoMoʼs modern masterpieces

By calheira
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Experience No.075 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.

MoMa might mean modern art but MoMo is all about art of tastier kind.

Two sets of brothers own and manage the Melbourne restaurant with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food so good it needs its own fanfare. Helping ring in a new dawn for Melbourneʼs Grand Hyatt, executive chef and entrepreneur Greg Malouf reinvigorates Australian cuisine.

“Greg Malouf was the instigator of Middle Eastern cuisine in Australia, a major contribution to the culinary history of this country.” – Alla Wolf-Tasker

A chorizo and pine nut-stuffed veiled quail is a showstopper. Almost always on the menu, the quail is The Age Good Food Guideʼs 2010 dish of the year. And there are plenty of others to choose from – Maloufʼs special “Family Sharing Style” meals are cooked personally by the chef, with several different dishes plated up for sampling.

Maloufʼs childhood in Melbourne to Lebanese parents, along with his training in Hong Kong, France and Italy, have given him his modern take on traditional flavours.

The original MoMo made city folk take notice of an inconspicuous Melbourne corner but closed its doors when Jamie Oliverʼs Fifteen Foundation wanted space. The cityʼs own prodigal son returned to the new site in 2009 and since then has garnered an almost deity-like dedication from foodie fans.

Maloufʼs cookbooks, classes and Mediterranean spice range keep him busy out of the kitchen and weʼre sure thereʼll soon be a TV series in the works.

Where: Lower Plaza Level, 123 Collins St. (03) 9650 0660, www.momorestaurant.com.au

Did you know: Greg Malouf started cooking as a child in the bathtub, using his motherʼs shampoos, toothpaste and conditioners, mixing them all together to make a dip.