Manchester Deaf Institute

Food, Foodie, Restaurant, Starters

Hail the almighty SLUG! 

Last night we went to my friends gig (SLUG) at the Manchester Deaf Institute and it was a brilliant night. Aside from the fact that the band were truly brilliant, the venue was pretty darn good too!

The building its self is a visual delight both outside and in, extremely quirky, and the menu (although limited) wasn’t half bad!

Frozen cocktails: £4! This is bonkers. So cheap for Manchester and they didn’t taste watered down either!

Food: I just wanted a nibble so went for the nachos. They were yummy, they came with a grilled pineapple salsa which really differentiated them. My friends had burgers and wings and rated them highly.

I would defiantly go back here and in fact I plan to go to the wednesday taco and tequila night!!

  

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Valentine’s at the knutsford wine bar

Food, Restaurant

A little late but is like to tell you about the beautiful meal we had on Valentine’s at the knutsford wine bar.

Me and Gav have drank in here on many occasions but have never eaten there as it’s often booked up (Hint: book in advance!), I’ve always wanted to try dining here and so I booked us in well in advance.

We spent a few hours drinking and then made our way to the wine bar at 9pm.

The atmosphere inside is lively but cosy. It’s a very warm present place to be and although busy, the acoustics make it so it isn’t too loud.

But let’s talk about the food…….

For starters I had a wood pigeon dish which was utterly faultless and Gav chose the scallop and beetroot risotto.

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For the mains I had fish cakes and Gav chose a mushroom stroganoff (apologies about the pics, I started before I remembered to take a snap!! ☺️)

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I can’t actually tell you too much about the food as honestly, I was a little tipsy, however I know it was beautiful and reasonably priced.

I would very much recommend a visit.

10/10 all round

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The Merlin

Desert, Pork, Restaurant

This Wednesday I met my beautiful (and newly pregnant friend) Loveday for dinner at the Merlin, Alderly Edge.

The venue itself is quirky manner style and I have to say I felt throughly comfortable and rather cool in the atmosphere created.

The menu, although small, beheld a variety of gorgeous dishes and I could of happily been given any. I had to choose however and so I opted for pigs cheeks with black pudding, a red wine jus and mashed potatoes. I chose this as I’ve never eaten pig cheeks before and I love black pudding at the moment.

It was great! The sauce was rich and sweet, beautifully complimenting the slightly salty cheeks and adding further depth to the black pudding.

We then had a naughty little desert, I opted for a traditional treacle sponge but they were all out 😧 and so I compensated with a treacle tart (the next best thing). I had asked for this hot but it disappointingly came cold, non the less it was sweet, the pastry was soft and melt in the mouth and the vanilla ice cream was clearly top notch quality. A lovely end to the meal although very indulgent.

We had a £10 voucher and so the meal resulted in being £15 each, an unbelievably cheap night considering the venue and food quality.

I would recommend the Merlin and will be going back.

Food: 9/10 (points lost on the cold desert)
Service: 10/10 (can’t fault)
Venue: 10/10 (quirky, cool, sophisticated)

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Drunken Jack Rabbit

Beef, Food, Foodie, Restaurant, Spicy

Lastnight we enjoyed the pleasure of having Gavs sister and husband staying with us.

We took them into knutsford and ended up in a new restaurant called Jack Rabbits.

Now this isn’t really a review because by the time we got to the restaurant I was totally tipsy but I wanted to share the fuzzy memories I do have as I think they were all rather positive! 😊

I had a pulled pork burger with a side of onion rings and it completely hit the mark. Very naughty, just on the right side of grease and with a hint of sweetness.

The thing I was most impressed with however was the range of sauces they brought to the table, which amongst everything you could want, included a very HOT sauce!!!

And the presentation was great!

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