“Tavlin seeks to impress with the flavours of Tel Aviv. And that, it certainly does.”

Gastrology.Co Food Blog 2017

Tavlin Restaurant is a warm, intimate and flavoursome destination located in Caulfield South, Melbourne.  Just like the city it finds itself in, Tavlin prides itself on good food and great hospitality and boasts a delicious, multicultural Middle Eastern menu with a bold flavours from Tripoli to Tel Aviv and from Morocco to Damascus. The menu represents the many travels of Chef and Owner Adi Daboush who has reinvented dishes from his childhood, especially those of his culinary muse, Savta (Grandma) Esther.  At Tavlin you will enjoy a feast of the eyes and the senses, the restaurants is especially known for its homemade hummus of which over 80kg is sold a week.


Adi Daboush arrived in Melbourne in 2004, after extensive travels through the Middle East, South, Central and North America, Europe and Asia. Throughout his travels and time in Melbourne, Adi has worked in many kitchens learning from and being inspired by those around him. His travels along with family recipes brought from Damascus, Tripoli and Tel Aviv led him to establish Tavlin in October 2012. Tavlin, the Hebrew word for spice, is a celebration of Adi’s family’s heritage, his passion and aspirations. Syrian spices, Savta Esther’s secret recipes, marinated and juicy meat cooked on a grill, accompanied with fresh home made laffa bread cooked in a tandoor oven are just some of the centre pieces here at Tavlin. All food is prepared and cooked daily with fresh and high quality ingredients. Tavlin will delight all your senses; the food, photos, memories and music will have you thinking you are eating on the streets of central Tel Aviv.

Word Around Town

“Best Falafel in Melbourne”
Broadsheet Article – October 2017

“Tavlin is certainly a feast for the senses.”
Gastrology.Co – August 2017

“The food is honest to Middle Eastern tradition and uncomplicated in its execution.”
Broadsheet – July 2015

“Tavlin…serves delicious and authentic middle-eastern food. Think traditional spices, charcoal grill, fresh bread and authentic dips, sides and salads. The food is full of flavour and it’s a great place to share a home-style meal with friends and family.”
Olive Sundays
– May 2015

Doublecooked Blog – October 2013

“You could eat it on your feet, but it’s advisable to sit, lest you injure yourself from swooning.”
Good food guide – September 2013

“Dinner? Tavlin is a no-brainer for kebabs and hummus plates.”
The Age – July 2013

The Food

The Food

Tavlin, is the hebrew word for spice and at Tavlin we are all about good honest food. Authentic flavours from all around the Middle East. We are open 6 nights a week for dinner and 5 days a week for lunch. We are passionate about great food accompanied with wonderful service. When you dine at Tavlin we want you to feel at home and enjoy the many spices of the Middle East. Our chef and owner Adi has designed a menu which speaks to the heart of Middle Eastern cuisine with a focus on fresh, delicious and healthy food. We cater to every dietary requirement so do not be shy to ask if there is something we can do for you. Check out our menus and take a peak at  the photos below showcasing just some of the food we serve. We are sure the menu here will want you coming back for more.


Explore menus


Tavlin is available to cater your next function, whether it is for an intimate dinner party or a function with 200 people we are able to provide a Middle East feast that you and your guests will not forget.We provide a variety of catering packages beginning at $17pp. The base package is vegetarian and food drop off only. Whatever your needs, dietary requirements and cravings we can cater to them all.We also have a selection of delicious dips and salads that make the perfect accompaniment.

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