Saturday, 1 September 2012

Bakerie Bread & WIne Bar, Manchester

I eat quicker than I write and have built up a backlog of places that I have eaten at and am yet to write about – therefore, I have decided to knock out a few short and sweet posts aimed to be quick and easy to digest.

What their website says: ‘BAKERIE bread + wine bar has opened its doors to the public. Serving delicious freshly baked bread and an eclectic wine selection with over 70 bottles to choose from as well as some great real ales and continental lagers.’

‘This friendly and unpretentious venue situated in the NQ on Lever Street houses communal benches making it the perfect place to sit, break bread, share wine and pass the time.

What I ate:

A Sea Board Platter - with Lime and Chilli Prawns, Salt and Pepper baked squid and Caviar (black roe) – which came with dill crème fraiche, caper butter and a basket of Bakerie bread.

Roast Prime Cut Roast Beef Sandwich – sliced roasted beef topped with a horseradish crème fraiche served open with rocket salad and Bakerie bread.

Food high points: the bread, of course! Plus a generous serving of roe (worth the £1 supplement). Well cooked beef and juicy prawns.

Food low points: having to wrestle a piece of string from my mouth that had been left on the beef. I also found the squid to be a bit of a damp squib – not very punchy for ‘salt and pepper’ and it could have been crispier.

Great to visit the neighbouring ‘Tasting Store’ and bakery – I bought a sourdough and a decent bottle of red wine to take home. 

Décor / ambience: a much larger space than I anticipated. I was the first to arrive as they opened for lunch but it soon filled up with a lunchtime crowd (mainly office workers).

Service: friendly, efficient service – the food arrived promptly and with a smile. Although, once I got the bill it did take a while for me to be able to pay (I eventually went to the bar).

Verdict (Would I return?): I’d like to go back to try the ‘Sunday Roast Board’ that has some tasty looking options on it and looks great value for £8.95.

Have already revisited the ‘Tasting Store’ and bakery and will do so again! 

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