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The brilliant concept of healthy Mediterranean food served on a moving plate is fast becoming a Crows Nest dining favourite.


Friends, foodies and Lower North Shore locals Ashley & Stephanie Rofe and Garry & Claire Hovagimian used to meet regularly for restaurant dinners. Over one such meal, an idea was sparked between the two couples to open their own restaurant inspired by everything beautiful about the Mediterranean. And why not refresh the concept of moving plates, made popular by sushi train restaurants, to suit their nutritious, healthy and fresh food?

The combination of the foursome’s individual career experience, which spans retail, design and event production, hospitality and interior design, was well suited to taking the plunge into quick service dining, and after much hard work, MediTrainean (we love the catchy name) opened in April 2016.


The menu is seasonally inspired by the twenty-one countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, with a distinctly healthy emphasis on some mouth-watering dishes. Chickpea salad with fennel and pomegranate, chilli lime and dukkha calamari, and chorizo and haloumi skewers are just some of the delights on the Spring-Summer menu, which encourages sharing. More recently, the team opened Blue Caboose, a bar in the space at the back of MediTrainean to offer patrons a destination ‘beyond the train’. It’s here you can relax and enjoy a boutique wine, signature cocktail, tapas board or even dessert from their mouth-watering crepe menu.

The interiors of both spaces are a standout. Light-filled and sophisticated, the design is described by the owners as “coastal chic”. It’s a family friendly space with kids welcome and encouraged and family night specials from Tuesdays to Thursdays each week. In fact, there is a special for nearly every night of the week including date nights, all you can eat and happy hour discounts (check the website for details).

So if you’re hankering for some delicious tapas with a twist, MediTrainean could be just the ticket!

MediTrainean and Blue Caboose are offering all Willoughby Living readers a ‘Second Drink for $1’ on all house wine, beer and champagne. Simply mention use the code-word ‘WILLOUGHBY LIVING’ when ordering. Valid until March 10, 2017.

MediTrainean and Blue Caboose are located at 55 Alexander Street Crows Nest.
Tel: (02) 8970 1521
Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.