Maray opened 3 months ago on Bold Street and ever since I saw their tagline – Falafel x Cocktails – I have been trying to make it there. Finally, an opportunity opened itself up this week and we made it along for a Tuesday night treat!
The menu consists of small plates and big platters, all perfect for sharing. We started with some Q.V.O. cocktails. I immediately knew I would visit Maray again purely for this glass of perfection – sweet sloe gin, smooth prosecco fizz and a refreshing smack of cucumber.
The menu was varied and really interesting. We opted for FHT (Falafel, Hummus & Tabouleh);; fish goujons with sweet potato wedges; slow cooked lamb, spinach and turmeric potatoes; black eyed peas with feta and za’atar; and cauliflower with yoghurt and pomegranate.
The falafel was crisp and really well flavoured, accompanied by the smoothest hummus I’ve ever eaten. The fish was perfectly cooked and encased in beautifully light breadcrumbs, with buttery soft sweet potato wedges with sticky, crispy edges. The lamb was melt in the mouth and the black eyed peas had plenty of za’atar and crumbly feta hidden underneath. Whilst I’m loathe to write yet another review where I say that our favourite thing was the cauliflower, but really – roasted cauliflower is the best anyway, but add a tangy yoghurt and some sweet pomegranate seeds and we were really onto a winner.
We also went for a second round of cocktails, this time opting for the St Germain Whip – another gin cocktail with St Germain, an elderflower liquer, more cucumber and velvety smooth egg white.
The atmosphere is lovely, and I’m glad we were there early enough to get a table because it did get busy. The service was brilliant too, attentive without being overbearing, and we were offered lots of advice on our choices. With the cocktails this was a little more expensive than our usual midweek eating, but overall it was great value. Kate and I absolutely love to get lots of dishes and share them, but if this isn’t your thing you could certainly go for a couple of small plates and a side each (but if you’re going to do that, really, go on, just share!).
I think Maray would be the perfect place for a date – dimmed lighting, flowers everywhere, a healthy amount of gin and sharing some delightful food? You can’t go wrong.
We had a beautiful evening at Maray and I can’t wait to head back – if only for a Q.V.O. and some crispy kale!
Have you been to Maray yet? What would you recommend I try next?