Sunday 21 July 2013

Damson Media City – Salford, Manchester

When I compiled my ‘North West 50 Best Restaurants 2013’ list, a few voices suggested Damson Media City as a notable absence.

Having once been a semi-regular at the Damson Heaton Moor (see here), I had been intending to visit “Media City” for some time but was not drawn by its corporate setting.

As part of the area’s regeneration and for bringing jobs*, Media City is generally considered great for Greater Manchester. However, this type of development leaves me cold.

Despite this, I eventually made it over for their great value set menu - £19.95 for 3 courses, available between 5:00pm and 6:30pm Monday to Saturday.

Goat’s Cheese Fritters, Avocado Purée, Tomato & Fennel Chutney - the fritters were nicely done with a fresh, tangy taste. I liked the avocado purée too but found the chutney a little too sweet to fully harmonise. 

Pan Fried Lamb Liver, Crushed Minted Peas, Baby Onions & Bacon Lardons, Creamed Potatoes, Salsa Verde & Lamb Jus - a fab dish. Personal preference would have seen the livers cooked a little less, but I'm sure they would please most tastes. The sides were generous and well cooked. 

Strawberry Pavlova, Vanilla Ice Cream & Strawberry Sorbet - a simple, tasty take on a classic. 

Whilst the cooking is not as ambitious as, I suspect, most of the area’s media hungry clientele, Damson is a decent enough restaurant with friendly service but this is not enough to make me want to return to Media City.

*In January 2012 the BBC was accused of not supporting the community by MP, Hazel Blears, after it was reported that only 26 of 680 jobs created at the development had gone to residents of Salford (Wikipedia).

Note: If I was to update my aforementioned Top 50 list, it would not make the cut. 

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