dining celebrity chefs Greg Malouf
Greg Malouf
Updated on 18 October 2015

Greg  Malouf has inspired a generation of young chefs and transformed the Melbourne restaurant scene with his passion and understanding for the flavours of Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, Persia and Egypt. His dishes capture the essence of the Middle East, but are presented with contemporary flair. 

Born in Melbourne of Lebanese parents, Greg served his apprenticeship in some of the city’s finest restaurants, including Mietta’s and Fanny’s. He worked in France, Italy, Austria and Hong Kong before returning to Australia determined to revisit the food of his childhood and to take Lebanese food out of kebab shops and into top restaurants. His reputation for innovative contemporary Middle Eastern food was cemented at O’Connell’s restaurant in South Melbourne during the 1990s.

In 2001, he took the helm in the kitchen at the exotic MoMo restaurant in the heart of the city. Under his leadership, the restaurant has won awards and great respect from both critics and the dining-out public.

Greg travels widely for master classes and guest-chef appearances. With his ex-wife, Lucy, Greg has written two acclaimed cookbooks — Arabesque and Moorish. They are working on a third book about the regional food of Lebanon and Syria. Greg has also been a consultant to the Auckland, New Zealand, restaurant Soul and, more recently, to the Hong Kong restaurant Olive, which opened in October.

“I’ve always wanted to cook food which for me captures the essence of the Middle East and expresses it in the best Western tradition,” he says.

Restaurants in Dubai

Cle-Dubai
Tower 1
Al Fattan Currency House
DIFC
Dubai
Call: +971 4 352 5150

 

Share this page!
COMMENTS
Marco Pierre White, the godfather of modern cooking and dubbed the first celebrity chef, was the youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars
The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best in restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in culinary arts.
He’s credited with creating modern Middle Eastern cuisine.
Calling all sports enthusiasts! Nezesaussi has re-opened its doors and is inviting everyone down to the neighbourhood's favourite hangout. Combining the best in sports entertainment, with 19 impressive screens, the best gourmet food
Enjoy the Cantonese dim sum tradition at Shang Palace with the Master Yum Cha weekend lunch. Feast on steamed, baked and deep-fried dim sum, hand-pulled noodles, stir-fried vegetables
Fairmont The Palm invites you to the Ultimate Family Friday Brunch at Flow Kitchen. Choose from life’s Simple Pleasures, which includes the full breakfast brunch, fresh juices
The Act Dubai continues its acclaimed dinner show concept with Alice in Wonderland, but this time there’s a twist! As you follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland, you can forget your
Head down to The Collective and indulge in a culinary mix from the Levant Emporium, New Wave Grill Bar, Boutique Bakery and Bombay Café. Serving a range of menus from breakfast
New menus, new restaurants and new offers ... the new year starts with a heap of new options across Dubai's ever evolving dining scene. Looking for something different? Take a look at just some of what is new this month to get you tempted.
Prime Steakhouse at The Meydan Hotel offers fine dining enhanced by unparalleled views of the main racing track. The rich, elegant decor perfectly accompanies only the finest cuts of premium beef sourced from around the world
Whether you’re a seafood lover or meat connoisseur, prepare to have your culinary world turned upside-down at The Shangri-La Surf & Turf Brunch, every Friday. Enjoy an endless choice
When the working week ends, the Aquara weekend begins with back-to-back brunches on Friday and a tapas-fuelled fiesta on Saturday. The seafood-inspired Friday Brunch is priced
Winner of the Caterer Awards' 'Restaurant Of The Year' for three years in a row, this luxury Japanese restaurant and lounge, located at the H Hotel, #1 Sheikh Zayed Road, serves up some amazing signature dishes
During the holy month of Ramadan, food has an important significance in bringing families and friends together as they break their fast for Iftar. Known for its delicious flavours and fragrant aromas, Thai dishes are usually light and easy to prepare
Looking for somewhere to relax and chill out while enjoying delicious food? Here's our pick...
Here’s some of our favourites places to break the fast.
Many of us are trying our innate cooking skills these days. Here's a chance to try one of your favourite restauarant dishes at home with a recipe from the restaurant itself.
Celebrate every night of the week.
The recently launched INDIE DIFC gives you several reasons to visit the city’s buzzing financial hub. From its urban menu, to its rustic chic décor and friendly atmosphere
Chopsticks at the ready.
A quick to prepare and tasty mango chia seed recipe from a Dubai resident and blogger will leave you wanting some more of it.
There over 9,500 restaurants and diners in Dubai, some new, some established and some that were around for a bit, closed for a while and reopened later with a fresh look. Ba Restaurant and Lounge at the Fairmont The Palm is exactly that.
Because a regular cup of coffee won’t do.
Your post-dinner treat sorted.
So much food, so little time.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

City Centre Deira prides itself on its wide range of high-street brands.

Home to 90 show-stopping retail outlets dedicated to the gold and jewellery trade.

Ibn Battuta Mall is the world's largest themed mall.

It is one of the cheapest places in the world to buy gold.

It boasts Renaissance-style architecture.

Once a camel market, this is one of Dubai's oldest souks. Today, tourists can buy anything ranging from leather goods to souvenirs, but it is best known as the place for getting abayas

City Centre Mirdif has more than 465 world-class stores.

FEATURED
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over
Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel
Take a magic carpet ride across rolling red sand dunes, with an amazing bird's eye view of the untouched desert below.
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common
Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied
A 'must do' when in Dubai.
HAPPENINGS
And you won't be disappointed.
Dubai stands in line with cities like Paris, Milan, London and New York, so you can never be bored of this city. There are a million of things to see, try, and taste!
Do you love food and more food? Then this is for you. Etisalat Beach Canteen, part of Dubai Food Festival, is back for daily from 8pm onwards until 14 March. The food carnival is on Jumeriah Beach
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
Top things to do in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Emirates Living, Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Your little ones will thank you.
Top things to do in Jumeirah 1,2,3, Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, Palm Jumeirah
Top things to do in Dubailand, Motor City, Sport City and Green Community
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
If you are expecting a quiet month with not much else to do other than some me-time, then think again. The calendar this month is packed full of things for everyone to do. There are things for everyone from music lovers, fitness fans, foodies, art.
Top things to do in Sheikh Zayed Road, 2nd of December Street and Al Satwa
Top things to do in Al Barsha, Barsha Heights and Al Quoz
Are you missing travelling and exploring new places? Even with us being confined to our homes, you can still keep discovering new places through complimentary virtual tours arranged by digital platform Google Arts and Culture.
Top things to do in Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Business Bay, Al Meydan and Dubai Design District
INSTAGRAM
FOLLOW
Discover Dubai
Stay Connected - Drop us your email.