Who says that food by train should only be limited to sushi? The newly opened Meditrainean shows that mezze tapas from the Mediterranean countries works just as well with their own take on the traditional sushi train and the buzz around the place when we drop in on a Saturday night shows that locals find it fun too.
The decor is fresh, with plenty of white and blue as expected considering the region that it takes its inspiration from, and most of the seating is on high chairs facing the train, where many different types of mezze zoom past.
Thanks to our easy access to the train, we started off with a couple of their dips with a small bowl of flat bread pretty much as soon as we sat down. Their Red Capsicum featured roasted harissa and almond meal, but wasn’t as spicy as it looked from all that red. We also tried their amazing Garlic sauce, which rivals the famous El Jannah version in my books in terms of potent creaminess and addictiveness.
Red Capsicum, $4.90 and Garlic Dip, $4.90
Next up, we picked up an interesting looking Stuffed Zucchini with minced lamb and rice that was seasoned with leek and herbs, as well as a Hot Smoked Salmon salad drizzled with a harissa mousse and served with pickled vegies. These small bites were light and got our appetites going for some of their more substantial grilled plates that you can get made to order.
Stuffed Zucchini, $6.90
Salmon Salad, $6.90
The first item from the made to order selection was the delicious Crispy Pastry filled with harissa prawns, potato, coriander, garlic and onion – packed full of flavour.
Crispy Pastry, $6.90
There’s a grill behind the glass at the front of Meditrainean when you walk in and they put it to good use, with plenty of different grilled options on offer – we enjoyed their juicy grilled Scallops in pretty half shells, topped with a crunchy dukkah gratin, as well as their Salmon skewer marinated in a refreshing citrus and dill sauce that went well with the moist chunks of salmon.
Salmon, $12.90 and Lamb, $9.90
On the grilled meat front, we got the Lamb skewer which featured finely minced lamb seasoned with mixed spices and onion, paired with a tzatziki sauce on the side. It was solid, but wasn’t as impressive as the seafood grilled dishes we had already tried.
To round out our meal, we couldn’t go past their Baklava that we had been eyeing off on the train since we got in – the cubes of sticky, sweet layered pastry was cut through with cashew and honey were a nice finishing touch to the meal and definitely needed to be shared.
This trendy mezze train does a great job of delivering instant tapas, with the quality of the food showing that it is more than just a gimmick. Meditrainean’s small plates work well as “food in motion” as they like to call it as they’re mostly cold dishes, with the extensive made to order offering doing a good job of bulking up the hot selection for diners. It’s a refreshing change to not have to wait long for a full Mediterranean meal, and the casual but slick vibe of the place means that it’s easy to drop in for quick bite with friends if you’re around Crows Nest.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of MediTrainean
55 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Phone: (02) 8970 1521