If you’ve been missing Tom Sarafian’s cooking since the closure of Bar Saracen a year ago, at least you can have his cult-favourite hummus, creamy, garlicky toum and smoky harissa at home. But now he’s getting back behind the restaurant pans for a special two-week residency at Northcote’s Gray and Gray.
Sarafian is bringing more Armenian cuisine to the fore with the takeover, which’ll include dinners throughout the week and a long lunch on Sunday.
He’s cooking dishes such as baked mante, a boat-shaped Armenian dumpling, topped with slow-cooked tomatoes, garlic yoghurt and sumac; topik (or chickpea) tahini and potato morsels filled with braised duck and caramelised onion; Armenian steak tartare; barbequed flatbread; and walnut baklava.
Pair your dinner with fermented drinks and wine from Armenia – the team will be pouring bottles from some of the Transcaucasian country’s top producers.
Seatings for dinner cost $80 per person for shared dishes, with daily specials available to order. Dinner is from 6pm Wednesdays to Saturdays while lunch is only available from 12pm on Sundays.