I’m pretty late writing up this review because this particular $30 vegan mezze night at Ray in Brunswick was back in February. I meant to go back for another meal (to take proper photos too: see camera woes, below) then do a bigger blog post about it including the mezze night, but I haven’t had a chance to return. So here’s a belated writeup (and I will make it back there for a meal, if not another vegan mezze night!)
I went along with a big vegan dining group (twenty five people all up! We were on separate, but large, tables). You can read a review of the evening by Rosalie over at Quinces and Kale. I have misplaced my very crappy mental notes so I’m relying on Rosalie’s notes . You can read about another mezze night over at Where’s The Beef? who went to another vegan mezze night from late January.
It’s a pretty nice space inside and because I was so early, I made use of the bookshelf with the cookbooks and other reading material. There’s a small outdoor seating area out the back, art work on the walls and friendly staff.
After switching lenses for my photos, I was having issues with my camera completely misbehaving and so my food photos haven’t turned out well. It sucks when you realise your camera needs a checkup right when you’re taking food pics!
So our set price for the evening was $30 per person, with five courses to be served. First up, some tamari roasted almonds and Tooluka (from South Australia) olives in sherry vinegar:
Next up was edamame in coriander salt (not shown, the camera wouldn’t focus properly) and sweet potato chips with chipotle cream. I loved the chipotle cream but kinda wished the chips were a little thicker. Not complaining though:
Next was roasted spiced corn and pickled vegetables with (if I remember correctly) some tahini based cream and a sweet beet relish. The corn tasted great and the pickled vegetables were done really well:
The highlight dish for me and some of the others at the table were the crispy mock chicken kimchi tacos. I loved these and was really pissed off to see how crappy my photos turned out because I wanted to do this dish justice. So I’m sorry, all you get is a most unjust representation of a fantastic dish. I’d order these off a menu for sure:
The tacos were served with a tomato salad, cucumber dressing and topped with a vegan parmessan. I wasn’t keen on this one as it unfortunately lacked flavour and a few of us sitting together agreed this was our least favourite of the night:
Next was the fig and strawberry palate cleanser. Mannn this was hard to photograph with a camera that is dire need of a service. I couldn’t really taste the figs (I’ve been spoilt by sweet homegrown figs my whole life) so I was a little disappointed by this, but it was better received by others at the table who don’t like figs because they couldn’t taste the fig! So there you go!
The final dish was a chocolate cheesecakey dessert with ice cream on the side. My camera would not focus and was wheezing all over the place with weird lights going off by this stage, so I regret not getting a beautiful picture of this as it was really very good:
I’ve seen photos of other vegan mezze nights and the courses seem to change from night to night, but everything I’ve seen has been well received by those posting about it. For $30 per head, particularly in the inner city, this is a bargain. I would happily go back for another vegan mezze night, or to try the vegan menu options. Last night Ray held a Greek themed vegan mezze night and they served lentil moussaka, spinach and ricotta filo parcels, a chip kebab with jackfruit and tzaziki, black rice stuffed cabbage, Greek doughnuts, date baklava (and more). Gahhh reading that, I wish I’d gone because it sounds fab and I’m a bit jealous. Next time!
332 Victoria Street, Brunswick