Tulum nominated for Restaurant of the year

Balaclava’s Tulum restaurant has been nominated for the prestigious accolade of Gault&Millau POP Victorian Restaurant of the Year. The nomination comes in the wake of the venue’s first Hat, which was awarded by the Good Food Guide earlier in the month.

The restaurant is shortlisted alongside four other formidable Victorian venues including Ike Jime, Tonka, Embla, and Lee Ho Fook.

Tulum's chef Coskun Uysal (left)

Tulum’s chef Coskun Uysal (left)

Owner and Head Chef Coskun Uysal said, “I am completely humbled to be nominated for the Gault&Millau POP Restaurant of the Year award. To be recognised in the same league as my shortlisted peers is the biggest compliment I could hope to receive”.

Gault&Millau Chief Judge Dane Richards said, “Tulum provides a vibrant, evocative and unique experience to diners, and is a very worthy nomination for our POP category”.

The newly introduced 2018 award category recognises the best trendy and accessible restaurants, bars and bistros that deliver a dynamic food and wine experience to a broad dining demographic. While nominees may not conform to traditional expectations, they must provide a unique and memorable diner experience that is professional, fresh and inspired. The national winner will be announced at the 2019 G&M Australia Restaurant Guide Launch in Sydney on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Originating in France, Gault&Millau recognises gastronomic success with a restaurant guide in 13 countries. With a rich heritage spanning more than 50 years, Gault&Millau reviews over 870 restaurants in Australia each year. Using anonymous and independent judges, Gault&Millau is known for its unbiased and fair judging style among diners and industry alike.

Tulum is a contemporary Turkish eatery that has been recognised with a multitude of accolades and awards in its short two year existence. Lauded for its authentic Anatolian flavours, progressive techniques, and ability to tell a story of home on a plate, Tulum strives to redefine the standard of Turkish dining in Australia. Uysal defies the stereotype of “dips and kebabs” by consistently plating innovative dishes that make Tulum a true game-changer.

Chef Uysal prepares his dishes for the eyes as well as tummies

Chef Uysal prepares his dishes for the eyes as well as tummies

The restaurant is currently undergoing bold new renovations which are set to be unveiled mid-November. Drawing inspiration from the Istanbul Grand Bazaar, the new space will include a wall flushed with Turkish lanterns, an all-new bar space complete with a canopy of greenery and chocolate marble benchtops. The inspiration takes its design cues from the traditional Turkish Meyhane, and merges them with Melbourne’s raw architecture.


217 Carlisle Street, Balaclava 3183


Lunch: Saturday 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 5pm until late

  • Reservations recommended
  • Walk-ins and last minute reservations are welcome

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