Tuesday 28 August 2012

Grill on the Alley, Manchester

Grill on the Alley is the original city centre Black House Grill (it has since been joined by the Grill on New York Street). I have previously blogged about the Grill on the (Alderley) Edge (see here).

The Marinated Olives in “Olive Oil” were a little disappointing in a very oily, salty brine – not the quality I would expect from a venue of Grill on the Alley’s standard, price range and reputation.

Before my starter I couldn’t resist a trio of Rock Oysters (served simply with a mignonette sauce, lemon and Tabasco) that pleasingly came freed from the muscle, with no fragments of shell - but sadly they had lost most of their ‘juice’.

As my ‘official’ starter, I selected the Double Baked Cheese Soufflé, which was good - a light airy texture, a good strong cheese flavour and well presented with cresses and mushrooms.

For the main course, I went for the Flattened Rump with Portobello Mushrooms and Balsamic Cipollini Onions – a competitively priced rump that provided good value for money. The accompanying home cut chips were very good.

The Béarnaise came priced at £2.00 and the Asparagus with Béarnaise £4.75; I opted for the latter, which meant I basically got one of my 5-a-day for £2.75 – result! But sadly the Béarnaise was a little bland for my taste – I like a little more sharpness and for the herbs have a greater impact. The Watermelon juice made a refreshing change.

I found the service to be swift, friendly and efficient - suitably pitched for a lunchtime crowd mainly consisting of suited businessmen and women.  

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