Saturday 30 January 2016

Baratxuri from Levanter, Ramsbottom

Having got back from San Sebastian the night before, we first went to Ramsbottom’s Baratxuri on Halloween last year. I didn’t get around to writing a blog post about this visit because I wasn’t particularly happy with my pictures.

Three months on, we returned for a lunch. The food was just as good but my pictures were better, so here it is.

Water (& a witch)
Highlights from the two visits include the Scallop with crispy Jamón Ibérico, Ibérico pork cheek burger and the Carabineros prawns. The only disappointment across the two visits was the churros, which were undercooked.

Meatball & apple alioli

Txuleta & blue cheese


Jamon Kroketa

Ibérica pork ribs in sidra

Arroz negroz

Salt cod vizciana

Wild mushroom tart

Chorizo sausage roll

Txangurro de la Donostia - Spider crab tartlet

Iberico pork presa

Scallop with crispy Jamón Ibérico

Ibérico pork cheek burger


Octopus, salpicon and pepper vinegrette

Hake goujons with alioli


Saturday 16 January 2016

Alimentum, Cambridge #MichelinStar (& The Gingerman, Brighton)

Just before Christmas we popped to Brighton to celebrate my eldest stepdaughter’s 30th Birthday (we enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch at The Gingerman). The next day, the plan was for my wife and I to return to Manchester via lunch at Cambridge’s Michelin starred Alimentum by Chef Patron, Mark Poynton.

Great and nibble @ Alimentum 

The original plan was for us to have the ‘Taste of Alimentum’ tasting menu. However, a curve ball came when my stepson (visiting from Singapore to see his little sis on her big day) informed us that he’d be running a “pop-up” version of his The Cufflink Club at London’s Edition Hotel. It’d mean a lot of driving - Brighton to Cambridge to London to Manchester - but if we just had the set menu at Alimentum, it was doable. So that’s what we did!

Here’s what we ate:

Lamb – breast, haggis, swede & sage

Mussel – chowder, potato, leek & sweetcorn

Blade of Beef – braised beef, potato, baby leek & mushroom

Sea Bream – potato, fennel, brown shrimp & pesto

Chocolate – chocolate mousse & blood orange

Carrot & Ginger – cake, white chocolate & lemon

The Lamb breast, haggis, swede & sage dish has already featured on this blog on my Dishes of the Year 2015 post. We will be back for the 'Taste of Alimentum' another time.

Date of lunch: 21/12/2015 at Alimentum

Lunch at The Gingerman (Brighton - 20/12/15)

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