Friday, 20 April 2007
By the time I find somewhere I want to eat I am often ravenous. Accordingly I think it best to avoid Ray on weekends. If you're lucky enough to have a weekday off, head over and avoid the usual wait for a table.
I like the formula at Ray. It has the distressed look interior, hipster patrons and ethnic influences of its Brunswick St counterparts but, unlike many of them, the food is actually really good. It's also excellent value with most dishes around $10. The ingredients are excellent, the servings are generous and the flavour combinations, while innovative, almost always work really well. I'm saddened by the removal of the pancetta, pesto, baby spinach, boccincini and hummus pide from the menu but am tempted by nearly every item on offer. I settle for the baked eggs with lebanese sausage, feta and napoli. In all honesty I prefer Small Block's baked eggs with chorizo where the yolks are still runny, perfect for mopping up with thickly sliced toast. Ray's winning egg and feta combination is nevertheless certainly appealing. Those preferring more conventional cafe fare will be pleased to know they also do that and rather well. As the pesto, tomato and boccincini pide below shows it doesn't last very long either....Excuse my greedy impatience.
332 Victoria St
Brunswick 3056 VIC
Phone: (03) 9380 8593