Last Thursday I attended the press launch party [ invited ] for the new Maray on The Albert Dock in Liverpool. Having previously visited both the Bold Street Maray and my local Allerton Road venue, I was thrilled to get a chance to check out their latest one. Despite being a Liverpool local, I haven’t visited The Albert Dock as often as I probably should. But that will definitely change after visiting the new Maray.
On arrival we were greeted with a glass of prosecco at the bar on the right of the entrance. The venue was already buzzing with local bloggers and media all enjoying the live music. The venue was decorated in my favourite industrial style, with feature mosaic tilings around the kitchen and tables. Bare brick walls and double height ceilings also featured throughout.
After a quick wander around the main downstairs area we headed upstairs to the private function area. Ideal for large parties or busy nights, the upstairs area had stunning views out onto The Albert Dock. Just take a look at them! I couldn’t imagine a better spot for dining.
Once we finished our little tour, it was time to try some of the menu samples! Given that I’d visited their other venues before, I was particularly excited to see what the new restaurant had to offer.
We started with a few nocellara olives, something that I think can divide opinion. For me, olives are an amazing addition to any dining experience. I’ve always loved how when you’re in Spain you’ll get a little dish of them with almost any drink you have. It’s the ultimate bar snack! So I was more than happy to indulge on them.
Raspberry Iced Tea
Perfect for the designated driver, or if you simply don’t fancy an alcoholic beverage, their Raspberry Iced Tea was an evening favourite. Mixing together raspberry, sumac (a tangy, lemony spice) and cold-brewed black tea, it was the ideal blend of sweet and bitter.
Arguably their most famous dish, Maray’s roasted cauliflower is an absolute must-try. I ended up trying both the vegan and non-vegan versions of it on the night. The vegan version was actually my favourite! Served with tahini, yoghurt and harissa, it makes quite the statement when it’s served whole. Definitely one to check out when you visit.
Whip Royale Cocktail
Mixing together cucumber infused gin, lavender and prosecco, this cocktail was absolutely stunning. Super refreshing and light, making it perfect for the summer. I’ve definitely been inspired to give infusing gin with cucumber a go myself. If you’d be interested in a post of me trying out the cocktail (with a recipe) let me know!
Served with labneh (soft, creamy cheese), blackberry and lemon gel, this cured salmon skewer was a mind-blower for me. I have to admit that I wouldn’t typically order a cold dish if I was at a restaurant. But this little canapé change my mind completely.
I would never have thought that salmon would work so well with blackberries. But my god was it beautiful!
Exposed pipes and mix-and-match lighting were some of the stand-out decor features at the venue. With huge floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the building, it’s the perfect spot for afternoon or evening. Ideal for solo dining and people watching too!
I finished the evening by talking to head chef Owen about the new venue. It was great getting to ask him a bit about the new restaurant and of course the amazing recipes. Discussing his vision for the brand was so inspiring to hear as well!
A huge thank you to the team at Maray for a lovely evening and to Think Publicity for inviting me! I for one am definitely looking forward to visiting again soon. Have you had a chance to visit yet? Let me know in the comments!