This new feature on Pastime Bliss will be a showcase of the awesomeness Manchester has to offer. From interesting art galleries and museums to bars and restaurants serving great food and drink.
First on the list is Albert's Shed...
We made a pact earlier in the year to try out lots of restaurants in the city and so far we've done quite well. The most recent one we went to was Albert's Shed by the canals in Castlefield. As a regular at the Didsbury equivalent (the boy practically lives next door), I had high hopes for this restaurant, to which it delivered. As we made our way down the cobbled streets of Castlefield, we both wondered how we had never ventured to this part of town in our 5 years in Manchester even though we live close by.
Upon arrival we were welcomed by the host, who kindly took our coats and showed us to our seats. Being sat by the window meant that we could admire the large terrace by the canal and dream of a day when the sun was finally out so we could return for lunchtime drinks. The layout of the restaurant is as modern and stylish as its exterior and on a Sunday afternoon virtually all the tables were full.
We opted for the 2 course lunch menu for £10.95 which offered a good selection from their modern European menu. The waitress was quick to take our drinks orders and after the fiasco at Kro last week, it was nice to be waited on by attentive staff. We started with a selection of mocktails. Studying/driving made us avoid the wines :-( but the wine selection looked impressive.
Whilst the rest of us opted for desserts, Lola chose the Poached Scottish Salmon starter which I assume she enjoyed since the plate was left empty and she made no attempts to pawn it off to the rest of us.
Poached scottish salmon with a horseradish potato salad and fresh watercress
We each got to try a different main on the menu and we were all pleased with our choices. I go through days when I crave English classics and that Sunday was one of those days so I chose to have the Albert’s Fish and Chips. It was superb! Posh fish and chips are always a winner. The batter was crisp and not greasy and the bread and butter was a great twist to the dish!
Albert's fish and chips - pacific cod fillet in a beer batter served with mushy peas, bread & butter and home-made tartare sauce
Lemon marinated chicken with an asparagus, lemon and pea risotto
Aubergine and chestnut tagine with fragrant cous-cous and mint sour cream
Steak frites and peppercorn sauce
For dessert, as a lover of British Puds, the sticky toffee pudding was good but didn't exceed expectations. It left me wishing I had gone for a starter instead as it was just a standard, but tasty, pudding.
sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, toasted pecans and cheshire farm’s vanilla ice cream
We each paid about £18 including tip and although I am supposed to be trying out new places, I think I will be paying Albert's Shed another visit very soon!