Most eclectic small plates on Bold Street

You heard it here first folks – small plates is where it’s at. Okay, you probably have heard that a good few times from a good few people before, but let me reaffirm this to you by way of a little show and tell.

 

 

Over the weekend hubby and I were over at Liverpool with our aim firmly fixed on our mission to eat our way through Bold Street (I’ve talked about it before, I’m sure I have) and in our sights a new venue: Maray. Maray serves up an exciting, eclectic and seasonal food menu of small plates, drawing inspiration from all over the globe. The menu changes with the seasons and I dare to guess with the availability of the best seasonal produce, but one thing is for darn sure: the minute hubby showed said menu to me I was ready to jump.

 

 

Anyway. We were lucky to get a seat at the table on a late Saturday afternoon – this place fills up real quick. They have a great big communal table in the middle which is great for walk-ins like us, if you don’t mind sharing some of your space with strangers. It makes for a great opportunity to mercilessly spy on other diners food though so for me – it’s great.

 

 

The food comes as and when it’s ready. I’m not entirely sure if it was possible for it all to arrive at the same time but I kinda like the whole “one dish at a time” principle – I have a short attention snap at best and the flavour in these small but mighty dishes deserves all my attention. Yes, sir.

 

 

Okay, so we started with the Spicy Berber Bowl. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what that was either until it landed in front of me. The bowl comes with zhug, tahini, ancho cashews, confit garlic, burnt chilli and some flatbread (£5.5) and let me tell you, it’s hot as hell. The tahini helps to tone down the heat but honey, if you’re not in the market for some chilli, you might wanna steer clear from this one. But, just so you know, the confit garlic and ancho cashews are to die for.

 

 

One by one, the little plates then appeared. Pork Cheeks with tamarind, butter bean purée, puy lentil and petit pois (£7), followed by the Lamb Shawarma with whipped herb feta, apricot vinegar and pistachios (£8.5). Let me tell you, that whipped herb feta was an absolute revelation and I am currently trying to convince hubby to make some for me at home. It was airy, it was light, savoury and just so darn delicious I just can’t stand it. Probably my favourite thing in all the many favourite things I tried that evening.

 

 

Then it was time for some Crispy Courgettes served up with tahini, beetroot and pistachios (£5.5) and the king of cheeses; Halloumi with tamarind caramel, cider silverskins and peanuts (£6.5). If you haven’t had fried halloumi before, girl you haven’t lived. I never thought to pair it with caramel and peanuts though but hey – I’m all about new experiences. I’mma try anything once.

 

 

And, let’s get it straight, the Fried Monkfish Cheeks with Aleppo aioli (£7.5) were absolutely delish.

 

 

Now you know that I always check out the cocktail menus as well, and I got lucky here: the special on the board, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Beefeater gin, cranberry, apricot, ginger, Lillet Rouge, thyme), had my name all over it and it was tasty AF. But we tried a few others as well: the Watermelon Rita (OlMeca Altos tequila/Vida mezcal, watermelon, agave, chilli) and the Grape & Grain (vodka, rhubarb, lemon, Peychaud’s, rosé, whites) and they were all on point and got me sufficiently buzzed and therefore happy.

 

 

Oh my goodness guys, this place rocks. The menus are super imaginative and you can tell the dishes are made with much love. The staff are so nice and attentive and they proper look after you. If you haven’t popped in yet, you totally should. Like, now.

 

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  • Rebecca

    oh this place looks lovely 🙂 I’m over to Liverpool tonight so I’ll check it out.
    Love Bec 🙂

    • Katja Knox

      Ooh let me know how you get on! xxx

  • Andreia Coelho

    These look so delicious!

    With love, Andreia from http://www.andreiacoelho.blogspot.com

  • Oh my goodness, I’m over here drooling. I love small plates and getting to try a little bit of everything! I think my favorite flavor combination of the ones you mentioned would be the crispy courgette plate. <3

  • These plates look pretty! And so delicious too. The best way to try many different foods without paying a lot of money. Great and honest presentation!
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

  • I totally squeaked out loud at some of those delicious looking dishes!! I’m such a greedy piglet – I love small plates and the chance to try lots of tasty treats in one sitting! 🙂 Charlie xo
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