Since Middle Eastern food has been brought over from Europe, poor imitations have unfortunately led to many people’s first impressions being through a greasy Doner Kebab store. However, this could not be further from the truth, as traditional Middle Eastern, Turkish & Moroccan cuisine is healthy, refined and absolutely delicious – as long as you get it from one of Melbourne’s more authentic Middle Eastern restaurants of course!

Here are five reasons why you should try it:

Perfected Art

Middle Eastern, Turkish & Moroccan cuisine is made up of a combination of Asian, African and European influences, to create a delicious and extremely unique taste.  It’s an art that has been refined over the centuries, mixing quality ingredients and authentic cooking techniques to create simple and delicious recipes.


Middle Eastern, Turkish & Moroccan cuisine follows a traditionally healthy diet, causing it to be commonly praised as one of the healthiest for the heart. Olive oil has a heavy presence, as do many varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables. Meat is grilled rather than fried using very little to no fat, and fish is featured in many dishes which are low in fat and high in protein.

Heaven For Vegetarians

There are so many options for vegetarians. Most dishes are built around fresh vegetables such as eggplant, capsicum, onion, garlic, beans and tomatoes. Nuts also feature heavily, as do a variety of herbs and spices such as parsley, paprika and mint to add exotic flavour.

Social Experience

An enjoyable dining experience is equally as important as the quality of the food in the Middle East. Meal times are very much the focus of family and social life. Great care is taken over the preparation of the meal, as is creating the right setting and ambiance. These qualities are reflected at Arabesque Dining & Bar, one of Melbourne’s most popular Middle Eastern restaurants. Meze food really is the ideal way to share a selection of smaller dishes with friends and enjoy good conversation.

Introduce Yourself To A New Culture

Going to a Middle Eastern, Turkish & Moroccan restaurant will not only introduce you to their food but also the rich and colourful culture of the country. Living in such a multicultural society, it’s exciting to learn about other traditions and values.