According to Wikipedia, ‘Gorillas comprise the eponymous genus Gorilla, the largest extant genus of primates. They are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa.’
Gorilla, on the other hand, belongs to the genus Trof, its sister restaurant in the Northern Quarter. It is an arch-dwelling establishment inhabiting the former ‘Green Room’ on Whitworth Street West.
In a seemingly herbivorous homage to our hairy ancestors I swerved the ‘Burger’ and ‘Gorilla Dog’ that I had heard good things about and instead opted for the ‘Spicy Bean Burger’ and a ‘Sweet Potato Wrap’.
Sweet Potato Wrap (£5.00) I ordered this in lieu of a starter and was impressed - the spiced carrot chutney had a punchy hit of spiciness and the other component ingredients (hummus, tzatziki & spinach leaves) were all good.
Spicy Bean Burger (£7.50) I was equally impressed with the burger. The toasted sesame brioche bun was a winner – as was more of the delicious carrot chutney and tzatziki with crisp butterhead lettuce and decent fries.
Roast Butternut Squash (£3.50) This was good value but I’d like the squash to have been peeled; the red onions a little less burnt and a tad more chilli - the sage was a nice touch.
Deluxe Fries (£3.50) my online dictionary defines deluxe as ‘particularly elegant and luxurious; sumptuous’. These were seasoned with a small amount of Parmesan cheese and truffle oil – not as deluxe as they could’ve been. It pains me to say it but Jamie’s ‘Posh Chips’ are better and 25p cheaper.
Rubicon Mango (£1.00) can’t grumble for a quid. There is also a good range of bottled beers, ciders, sodas, smoothies, spirits, cocktails and other beverages.
All in all, a good meal at Gorilla – I’ll definitely be back! I hear they do a good roast on a Sunday.