As born and bred scousers, we could be a little biased in saying this, but you really can’t get much better than the Liverpool food scene at the minute. One walk through the city centre and you’ll end up spoilt for choice with the huge amount of independent Liverpool restaurants and eateries offering every type of cuisine you can imagine. One spot in Liverpool which has made its mark on the foodie map is Bold street, boasting some amazing spots such as Mowgli street food, miyagi, and of course, Maray – how’s that for alliteration? After what seems like a lifetime of an eager wait, we decided to finally head down and sample the delicacies of Maray for ourselves!
On first impressions, Maray is just what you’d expect looks-wise from an independent restaurant. The decor is minimal and airy, with wooden furniture, painted brick walls and stylish lighting. Chilled music plays in the background, and the long narrow tables we were seated on leave plenty of opportunity to chat and catch up while sipping on your Aperol spritz.
Between us we ordered the Half cauliflower with flaked almonds, pomegranate, tahini, yoghurt, harissa and fresh herbs, the buttermilk chicken thighs with tamarind, chilli and honey, and the lamb kofta with smoked paprika tahini and toasted pinenuts. On the side we also got some hummus with flatbread and sweet potato wedges with tahini and balsamic.
First to arrive was the hummus, which we shared as a starter. Every dish in this place is so aesthetically pleasing you almost don’t want to touch it, with the hummus delicately sprinkled with pomegranates, spice and all things nice. You can’t beat homemade hummus, and this was easily one of the best I’ve tried, with such a fresh flavour and citrusy kick.
The much awaited cauliflower followed, and certainly lived up to the hype. The herbs, seasoning and flavours really compliment one another, turning what was once a boring side into a dreamy treat. I’ve never been one for pairing savoury food with sweet flavours, but in Maray almost every option merges the two in unusual ways, with delicious results!
The buttermilk chicken and melt in the mouth lamb are just as tasty, but while the meat options were great it’s evident that Maray is the perfect spot for vegetarians and vegans, with so many amazing meat-free options available. The restaurant even holds meat-free Monday’s, offering 4 vegan or veggie dishes for £20 – a deal we’ll definitely be checking out soon! All in all, we left Maray full, satisfied and kicking ourselves for not ordering the falafel and the aloe vera gin fizz. There’s always next time!