Monday, 25 July 2011

Review: The Northern Quarter Restaurant

The Northern Quarter Restaurant, Manchester

If you are going to Manchester, don't forget to pay a visit to the Northern Quarter Restaurant, Do not be fooled by its discreet and inocuous outlook. They focus their effort on good service and excellent food. Their prices are very reasonnable too. It took me a bit of time to get there. Simply because the menu seemed too European. But that was a big mistake. It is one of my very favorites restaurants around here.

The food is simple yet very fine. The flavours, presentation and taste get top mark. The surroundings for that level of cuising are surprisingly unpretentious. The restaurant feels very welcoming, intimate and confortable. The staff is well trained, discreet and knowledgeable (now that has to be praised, not that common in Manchester!).
I only have good things to say about them as you can see...
Here are a few dishes I had there:
Egg benedict
Egg benedict, a good test for a restaurant, this one was perfect, and the crispy bacon on top was a serious plus.
Black pudding and egg benedict
Back pudding: I hesitated to takle that dish, and I never regretted my choice, the blackpudding was light and moist, flavoursome
Steak and Guiness pie with peas and chips
One lunch I had guiness pie, peas and chips: the peas were ultra fresh and light with a hint of mint, The pie was like none I had before, the meat was tender and melting in the mouth, and the Guiness was not overpowering.
I had some fantastic fish and meat dishes cooked to perfection, well balanced and full of flavours, but I did not have my camera then, so you are very much missing out on their sight (hint: go check them out yourself).

The chef manages somehow to make his dishes very light (and the dishes above usually aren't), and one leaves the table feeling really good and satisfied.

The Northern Quarter Restaurant, Manchester

So give it ago -preferably during the week-, and please book or you might be disappointed. The experience is as good lunches and evening. They tend to have great offers mid week, check their website before you go for that: The Northern Quarter Restaurant.

Source: Photography by me.


Anonymous said...

Lovely blog! The fresh seafood pics are driving me crazy. :)

Christelle said...

Thanks! and well, some more seafood pics coming very soon...

Fine Dining at Home said...

Love your Blog, I'm in Manchester too and was wondering whether to add restaurant reviews to my blog too. Think I'll stik to doing what I do best and leave it to you. Great photos.