It’s getting to the stage in life where I need a month off from my full-time day job to catch up on my full-time after hours job. My list of review catch ups is now running at eighteen and it was when commencing to review MediTrainean that I realised it was two bloody months ago we visited this cool establishment in Crows Nest.
MediTrainean is actually the very first venue review that I hosted for bloggers. HUGE thanks to CoCreate Communications and the venue itself for allowing me to bring along a dozen hungry foodstagrammers. We all had a fantastic time at Crows Nest.
A new epicurean concept, located in Crows Nest, on the North Shore of Sydney. Mediterranean tapas food is mostly served on a sushi-train styled delivery method – the perfect name had to be MEDITRAINEAN :). And the venue motto of “Food in Motion” – getting pun chills.
MediTrainean offers focusses on fresh ingredients, local produce and family favourite recipes. Fresh, delicious, mezze, tapas & grill. Select your favourite dishes from the train or order fresh from the grill and explore their rich, sumptuous flavours inspired by the Mediterranean.
MediTrainean is a 100% family owned and operated business, bonus points for that. The restaurant has a bar seating option at the train, table service or a quick, pick up and run.
The MediTrainean venue is a long rectangular shape. The entry is a large neon sitting in front of a glass surrounded kitchen grill section. Behind the grill section is the train that runs a good portion the length of the venue. You can sit on one side of the train in a bar stool set-up – this is where us crazies all sat. On the other side of the train is a selection of tables. The place has the coolest tiles at the entry and the venue has a bright, bubbly and welcoming feel to it. Floor boards cover the back secretion and above the train is the most beautiful faux plant hanger. The venue does go further back and I didn’t even realise when we dined but there is an outdoor patio section that is going to rock summer!!!
THE TRAIN FOOD:
There was a huge selection of foods on the train and I do believe MediTrainean offered more than most sushi places on the train. I have eaten at this venue and also reviewed MezzeTrain out at Mascot and the mediterranean food is more suited to the train than the Lebanese food, in my humble opinion.
We tried Chickpea dip, red capsicum dip and an amazing beetroot dip that I LOVED. I have a thing for anything beetroot so I was always going to love this. I enjoyed a Casarecce. It’s crispy prosciutto, sweet pea, roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, olives and shaved grant padano. A refreshing salad I could have had a second bowl of. The Zucchini Parmigiana is a must and the simple plate of chorizo is seriously the best chorizo I have ever eaten. The pastry cigars were also quite nice – these are stuffed with feta, ricotta provolone and parsley.
THE GRILL FOOD:
The grill ups the food level a bit. Meat grill plates are only $9.90 and seafood is $12.90. The lamb skewers won for me. It was made with finely minced lamb mixed with spices, onions and herbs with a side of lemon and tzatziki – DELISH. Tiger prawns in fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil was an easy second place. The mussels just didn’t do it for me and while I love the venue the scallops were god awful. They are served in a half shell covered in a dukkah gratin. Not my thing – I thought the dukkah smothered the beauty of the scallop and the flavours didn’t work for my tastebuds.
Make sure you save room for the dessert – the below Roast Quince with crème fraiche, halva and rose petals was simply divine on every level. The tartness from the quince is so beautifully balanced by the halva and the rose petals and crème fraiche were a sublime addition to tie it all together. I ate half a second one of these because so much wow.
MediTrainean’s baklava is also good and they have a chocolate pudding and a cheese cake I did not indulge in.
OTHER MENU OFFERS:
There are a few “Feasts for Two” on offer, pending on the depth of your wallet and the size of your tummy. They also have kid’s meals and a decent alcohol list, if taking one you may need the other. I highly recommend the Sensi Sangiovese from Sicily, I love me some sangiovese :). If alcohol is not your first option their smoothies sound amazing.
MediTrainean is not fine dining, it is however some damn fine Mediterranean food served well by friendly staff in a great environment. If it was in Manly this would be a weekly regular with friends for an affordable catch up dinner over a few bevvies. Well done to them – I will be back.
NB: Please note their menu is seasonal and as I ate their in winter I would assume a few of the items we ordered are no longer available.
Phone: (02) 8970 1521
- Tue, Wed & Sat: 530pm-10pm
- Thur & Fri: 12pm-10pm
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.