There was a period of glorious sunshine in Manchester this summer, which lasted about a week – which is week more summer than we usually get! Because Manchester is not used to being bathed in sunlight, there are very few places to eat or drink outside in the city centre. I can think of less than five restaurants that serve decent food and outdoor seating, so tables are obviously hard to come by on a sunny day.
Choice restaurant is Manchester’s best kept sunny secret. It’s in the middle of Castlefield locks on the outskirts of the city centre and serves modern, yet affordable food literally at the canal’s edge, so you also have the best view in Manchester while you eat. What’s more, everytime Kieran and I have turned up on a hot, sunny day, we’ve always been able to get a table. Well worth the 10 minute walk from the centre of town.
Needless to say, during this week we had summery weather, Kieran and I practically lived there. And here are some of the dishes we sampled:
Rabbit Terrine £5.95
Braised Saddle of Rabbit & Herb Terrine with Pickled Root Vegetable Salad
This was delicious. Really well seasoned and nice big chunks of rabbit. The pickled vegetables in particular set the terrine off brilliantly. I did find a bit of bone in there though, which is a serious issue in a terrine.
Steak in a bourguignon sauce. This is no longer on the menu, which is a bit of a shame as I’d like to go back and have this again! A perfectly cooked piece of steak in a red wine sauce, with baby onions and mushrooms, served with champ and a giant onion ring. I loved this. My only criticism is that there was too much sauce – it was quite strong flavoured, so would have preferred much less on the plate.
And of course, since I reviewed them so favourably last time, more british tapas,
Hopefully they come up with an interesting idea for winter, since we’ll all be forced inside! Either way, I look forward to returning for more!