Located in Sydney’s foodie hub of Crows Nest, this unique new restaurant only opened in April this year and is one which the whole family will enjoy, from youngsters to grandparents. As the name suggests, the food is Mediterranean inspired but where MediTrainean differs from others serving this cuisine, the dishes arrive at your table via a train set up, think Japanese sushi train.
The well stocked train runs down the centre of the restaurant with seating on either side, where it is very easy to access the delicious food as it travels along the rails, on display to tempt the hungry diner. A huge variety of dishes, from Mediterranean inspired mezze tapas plates, covering entrée, main and dessert, all based on tasty home-style Mediterranean tastes, are just waiting to be chosen.
Diners also have the option to order fresh food from the flame grill.
Focussing on fresh ingredients, local produce and family favourite recipes, MediTrainean offers the diner the choice of a bar, table service or selections from the train that can be eaten either in the restaurant or packed and taken home.
MediTrainean’s blue and white interior, gives the diner a true Mediterranean region experience, especially when the sun filters in through the large windows.
When I went for lunch recently, I selected from the train some flat bread plus a dip of chickpea, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil – it was just too tempting watching it go past.
I could not choose between two of the delicious salads, so I had both. Pearl Cous Cous with spiced roast pumpkin, apricots, dates, chickpeas, roasted walnuts and orange segments, as well as the Spiced Carrot chickpea, crumbled feta, sultanas, toasted almonds, mint, garlic, honey and dukkah. Highly recommend both of them.
For mains I decided to order from the grill. The Salmon Skewers in a citrus and dill marinade and Tiger Prawns in fresh herbs, garlic & olive oil were absolutely delicious.
Even though I was no longer hungry, I could not leave without trying some of the desserts from the train which I had been eyeing all through the meal. The Roast Quince with crème fraiche, halva and rose petals was superb as was the Cheese Cake of baked ricotta, almond and pine nuts.
Licensed & BYO, MediTrainean Restaurant, 55 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, 2065 is open Tuesday & Wednesday 5.30pm-10pm, Thursday & Friday 12noon-10pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. www.meditrainean.com.au
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond