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 MelbourneÊ¼s Grand Hyatt, executive chef and entrepreneur Greg Malouf reinvigorates Australian cuisine.
â€œGreg Malouf was the instigator of Middle Eastern cuisine in Australia, a major contribution to the culinary history of this country.â€ â€“ 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 GuideÊ¼s 2010 dish of the year. And there are plenty of others to choose from â€“ MaloufÊ¼s special â€œFamily Sharing Styleâ€ meals are cooked personally by the chef, with several different dishes plated up for sampling.
MaloufÊ¼s 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 OliverÊ¼s Fifteen Foundation wanted space. The cityÊ¼s own prodigal son returned to the new site in 2009 and since then has garnered an almost deity-like dedication from foodie fans.
MaloufÊ¼s cookbooks, classes and Mediterranean spice range keep him busy out of the kitchen and weÊ¼re sure thereÊ¼ll 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 motherÊ¼s shampoos, toothpaste and conditioners, mixing them all together to make a dip.