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Tuesday 30 August 2016
Rays Cafe: Brunswick
What I really liked was that we were given the vegan menu along with the regular menu without having to ask. Being used to limited vegetarian options, this menu is a tyranny of choice. Many menu items are complex and it is hard to pick up just one dish! It is hard to pass over dishes with names like Kim Wilde's Chi, Florence and the Tangine, and Buns and Roses. Not to mention miso cheese, smoked tofu and pulled jackfruit.
The Seedeater (as it was on my menu but is referred to in Rays online menu as the Blackalicious) was very fancy and very pretty. It consisted of sourdough french toast, rhubarb, beetroot vinegar, coconut yoghurt, black maple, flaxseed and ginger halva, and fairy floss. Sylvia ate the fairy floss off the top, one piece of rhubarb and half the chunky French toast which is tossed in sugar and cinnamon. She wasn't that impressed and still just wanted chips. By then I had finished my burger and we swapped.
I loved the french toast. It was like a big chunk of cinnamon doughnut served with lots of fun textures and flavours. My main complaint is that I would have liked more rhubarb. I loved the coconut yoghurt with crumbly halva and intense black maple syrup. In fact, once only pools of black maple and beetroot vinegar remained, Sylvia and I kept dipping our fingers in them just to taste the unusual flavours once again. There was a lot of black maple!
It was an interesting twist on a fry up. My frustration with the presentation was having two slices of bread underneath the meal that was hard to manoeuvre out. I think my highlight was the cauliflower hummus which was so silky and tasty. The mushroom tangine was nice but I think I expected more of a tangine than just nicely flavoured mushrooms (not being the hugest mushroom fan). The smoked tomato was really interesting as I haven't had that before. The hash brown was more crispy than its pale coating looked. And I really enjoyed the kofta.
You can read more about the "new" Ray's vegan menu on Veganopoulous where I first read about it.
332 Victoria Street, Brunswick
03 9380 8593