Tom Sarafian at Gray and Gray

Thu 12th May, 2022 – Sun 22nd May, 2022
188 High Street Northcote 3070
Price: $80 for dinner
Never had Armenian dumplings before? The ex-Bar Saracen head chef and hummus expert is cooking them at the Northcote wine bar for two special weeks. Plus, Sunday long lunches, Armenian steak tartare and more.

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.