25 Jan ANOTHER DAY IN LIVERPOOL: LUNCH AT MARAY
Yes, we visited Liverpool again and I’m here to share all the details from this foodventure with you.
If you haven’t checked out my post from our last day trip to Liverpool, you can read it here. And if you didn’t know I went to Liverpool, it’s because you don’t follow me on Instagram, so go hit that ‘follow’ button!
Anyway, this time we just wanted to walk around, change our scenery for a while, and eat amazing food, of course. So we visited a restaurant that caught my attention from the very first second I found them online: Maray.
The restaurant is quite cozy and serves as the perfect shelter on the usual rainy days in the UK, and their menu is extensive and includes so many unique dishes, I’m sure you’ll try something that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
Here’s what we had.
We began our lunch with a couple of incredibly refreshing cocktails. G got the day’s special (pictured left), and I got the Velvet dreams.
The first one was bubbly and delicious, which makes it a recipe for success on my book. It was ideal for us, because neither of us was looking for something super strong. It tasted a bit like an adult’s soda, in the best way possible. Also, their presentation was on point.
The latter one was delightful and fruity, yet not too sweet. It was also perfect and refreshing after a long walk around in the city, and it felt like the ideal way to prepare for our meal.
When it comes to food, I never know what to choose, and having such a long list of dishes to choose from, I had the hardest time deciding. Everything sounded amazing! So I did what I always do: I asked for recommendations.
Our server recommended this really popular dish, and I didn’t even bother reading what was in it, I just said yes immediately because if a bunch of people have liked it, it must be good, right?
Well, good is not enough to describe how amazing this dish was.
When G, who struggles to eat his veggies on a regular basis, looked at me with surprise and said “This is delicious”, I knew I was going to love it. This is absolutely worth the hype.
The combination of flavours and textures made this dish so exquisite and unique, I could pay Maray another visit just to eat this again. The yoghurt and pomegranate seeds reminded me a bit of this much loved couscous we had back in Marrakech.
I can’t get over this dish either! I’m not exaggerating when I say I want a bowl of these to bring to Manchester with me.
The texture was delightful, crispy on the outside and with an inside that melts when you slice it open. And the onion puree paired greatly with them to complement the flavour. You definitely need to get these when you pay them a visit.
The dishes come as they make them, which I think is great because that way everyone’s just sharing small plates and having bits and pieces of everything the table orders.
After those veggie dishes we had some octopus, which was quite good (although it didn’t top the first two I already described) and I really enjoyed the contrast between the kale with the squid ink sherbet, against the octopus. The bits of grapefruit were also nice.
These scallops were on a whole other level for me.
However, I do think that for this dish you have to make sure that you’re including a bit of everything you have on your plate on each bite to get the ideal bite. It’s just not the same if you only eat the scallops by themselves.
The seasoning was perfect, and the parsnip puree and poppy seed crumbs provided an amazing combination of textures that puts this as one of my top three picks from our lunch (the cauliflower and the arancini being the first two!).
Finally, we wanted to try something from their ‘meat’ list of dishes, and I’m glad to say this smoked ham met our expectations.
The ham itself was delicious, tasty and had some crispier pieces that I, of course, enjoyed the most. This is yet another proof that at Maray they master the art of balancing flavours and textures to create impeccable dishes.
After trying five different dishes, I can say that I think their strongest point is definitely on the veggie section. Not because their seafood or meat dishes aren’t good, because they were splendid, but because of how exceptional the first two plates were.
However, I do think it’s a matter of preference, so make sure to check everything out and order whatever calls your name! Everything is quite unique, so I’m sure you’ll find something to love.
We definitely had an amazing experience, and I cannot wait to come back. I’ve already decided that when my mom comes and visits me, I’ll be taking her here. I’m positive she’ll love it!
Just check with them to see how busy they are, or book your table in advance, because we’re not the only ones in love with this place.
That’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading me and for all your continuous support. Please let me know if you like this ‘travel-eats’ section on my blog and if you’d like me to keep trying more places in Liverpool, or if you have any suggestions on what city we should visit next. Just leave me a comment down here or message me on social media. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). I’d love to see you around!
Make sure to come back next Tuesday for my opinion on a new pan-asian experience in Manchester that you cannot miss. Thanks for reading!