Monthly Archives: July 2013

Food @BrewDogMancs

It’s been a few weeks now, but the last time I was in Manchester I took a trip to BrewDog. It would be rude not to. I had heard that they had changed the menu from burgers and pizzas to BBQ. I wouldn’t class the new menu as BBQ but that’s just me.

Before hand I was a bit gutted. I was looking forward to a Los Feliz or Lincoln (did the name get changed because Mancs can’t pronounce Los Feliz, Lincoln with the 2nd L isn’t that much better). I’ve had plenty of them in the past, even though the overlap between me living in Manchester and Brewdog opening was about six months. I took my brother on a bit of a pub crawl one time and we stopped for a Loz Feliz, he liked it that much (and it didn’t come with anything so didn’t fill you up) we ended up having two each. I think it was Dean who cleared our boards and said “did you enjoy the 2nd one” to which my brother said “even better than the first”.

I loved the Loz Feliz…

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But we needed food and I will give most things a try before I judge them. The price is a bit steeper, but at least you get a side. Why couldn’t you have had sides with the burgers, Brewdog Manchester? I went for the brisket with macaroni cheese (I’m not American so you can f*ck off with your Mac ‘n’ Cheese (shouldn’t that really be Mac’ ‘n’ Cheese?)). Mrs TramP went for pulled pork with burnt beans.

I have to say it was all really good. I think I made a good choice in side dish. The brisket was slightly spicy, but it was one of those that every bite added to the spice making it hotter and hotter. The macaroni cheese cut through it perfectly. The whole thing was quite filling, I wouldn’t really eat two in a row like I did with the Los Feliz, even though I probably could. The bit of pulled pork with BBQ sauce I tried was also really good. To be honest, you have to try pretty hard to mess pulled pork up. Then there was the burnt beans. Now I’m not a fan of baked beans, I will eat other beans but I don’t often chose to. Soft beans, lovely sauce with bits of meat in. I could be a convert. Mrs TramP said she could eat them all day and could have just had a big bowl of those without the pulled pork.

That was the good, now for the bad. The two slaws (if you can all them that) were crap. One was just shredded red cabbage the other white cabbage and onion. There was no dressing on them at all. Come on, a bit of vinaigrette or mayo based dressing could have made those slaws  and made the meal great. Leave them off or make them better.

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Over all the new menu is great and I would definitely work my way through it if I moved back to Manchester. But there will always be a place in my heart for the Los Feliz. Is it BBQ, I’m not sure.

 

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The French Manchester

A few weeks ago Mrs TramP and I had a flying visit through Manchester and as part of that we went to The French by Simon Rogan. When I lived in Manchester I always thought the city centre was a bit lacking in the way of top quality dining. For a city like Manchester it should have at least one Michelin Star but right now it doesn’t. Hopefully Simon Rogan can change that.

Like many, I first heard of Simon Rogan through Great British Menu. Everything he made looked amazing, they could have scrapped the competition and just let him cook the full thing. All of his dishes made it into the top three. Since then I’ve really wanted to go to his restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel but it’s a bit out of the way. To go there I would really need to make a holiday out of it, I’m sure one day I will.

So imagine how happy I was to read Bacon on the Beech blog about Simon Rogan at The French in Manchester. As soon as I read that blog I knew I had to go. If I were you I would take a read of that blog post, there isn’t much more I can say that hasn’t already been said in that one.

The food was great, staff super attentive, nice atmosphere, smart casual dress code.  As for the dress code, I either wear a suit or dress like a TramP, I find smart casual very difficult. But I shouldn’t have worried about it. There must have been at least 5 blokes wearing jeans and a shirt. One guy even had white pants, a green t-shirt, red sued moccasins with no socks on. I was worried I was going to find him stabbed after he left and stepped out into the middle of Manchester being dressed like that.

But enough about that, it’s all about the food. You have a choice between 6 or 10 courses. Come on, I was always going to pick the 10. I don’t know if they did it because me and Mrs TramP both have dreads or if it was an accident but they initially brought us just the vegetarian menu to look at.  Looked nice but I’ll take the meat menu thanks. Before the 10 courses even started they brought some little extras out and another little treat at the end. I set out to take a picture of every course but failed miserably. My favourite dish of Ox in coal oil, pumpkin seed, kohirabi and sunflower shoots looked so good I had eaten it before even thinking about taking a picture. That dish was amazing, raw meat that tasted like it had been on a BBQ. If you want to see it head over to Bacon on the Beech.

I think I have said enough, if you are in Manchester and want to experience fine dining get yourself down to The French before everyone finds out and you can’t get a table.

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