I'd been drinking halves, so didn't feel too drunk, but I doubt I'd have been able to operate heavy machinery. I knew just what was in order, The Christmas Burger at nearby Solita I'd read about in the excellent Foodgeek blog.
I explained the concept of the food at Solita, to my 3 friends.
"You know, it's like the food you get on 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'.
They looked at me blankly.
"You know, it's on the Food Network all the time" I said. "
"What's the Food Network" they said.
Feeling I was losing the crowd, "They do a Christmas dinner in burger form" I explained.
They seemed to like that idea.
So we passed the queue for Almost Famous Burgers (I'm a fan, but at this stage of the evening they wouldn't have put up with waiting around in the queue in the cold for at least half an hour, and I'm not sure they'd have appreciated the studied 'coolness')
|Everybody likes the Pulled Pork Sundae|
I managed to persuade my friend Dave to order this, and I had to have it again of course. It didn't disappoint either of us.
|Nice bar area.|
This place is really crying out for booths on one wall. I'm not sure they have room though, but I'd like to see it a bit more like an American Diner (not too tackily themed like Ed's Easy Diner in London though, as this place is obviously a lot cooler than that.)
We all had the Christmas burger. Which was a venison patty, fried turkey, sage and onion hash brown, purple sprout tops, spiced cranberry salsa, topped with sliced chestnuts.
It came with fantastic thin and crispy fries all like the bits you get at the bottom from a chippy. Also shoestring parsnips which were super thin & crispy.
|Great crispy fries.|
I was starving and really looking forward to this.
|The beer Hornbeam Top Hop was nice but a bit too cold.|
It was good, it just wasn't great, and I regretted not ordering a standard burger.
That's pretty much my opinion of Solita, I read other reviews about it and somehow expect it to be better that it actually is. Maybe I've just got high expectations.
I would definitely return to Solita if I was in the area and want a decent burger and would probably order the Pulled Pork Sundae again, and maybe some rooster scratchings which I enjoyed on my last visit. But I'm yet to try the likes of Gorilla & Southern 11 and Mud Crab Cafe in Didsbury all serving similar style food. So I'm not in a rush to return for a while.
37 Turner Street
Manchester M4 1DW