Maray Manchester is the fourth of its kind, but the first to sprout outside of Liverpool. Inspired by Le Marais quarter in Paris, where founders Tom, Dom and James tried “some of the best falafel in the world” on the streets of Rue Des Rosiers.
Interestingly, Rue Des Rosiers translates to English as “street of rosebushes” and is the main influence behind the rose in the brand’s emblem that can be seen across its menus.
The doors to the first Maray opened on Liverpool’s bustling Bold Street in 2014, serving food full of the flavours of the Middle East but with its own flourishes.
Small plates are the order of the day, with 2-3 dishes suggested per guest. Split in to sections of mezze, veg and meat – You’ll notice much more of a focus on the veggie side of the menu with dishes that are complimented by the warming spices of the Middle East.
Try the now cult Disco Cauliflower dish that starts with almost caramelised cauliflower florets drenched in all the sauces used across other dishes on the menu – creamy, nutty tahini, fresh and spicy zhug, sweet harissa and aromatic chermoula. Finished with toasted almonds and pomegranate seeds. Other veg-based dishes include spiced lentil and rice mejadara and fattoush salad and herby green balls of falafel.
Fried chicken, lamb koftas and seabass reside on the meaty menu, and don’t miss out on medjool date bread and butter pudding for dessert.