I've been keeping a close eye on the conversion from the old closed laundrette Soap Opera on Beech road into new The Laundrette restaurant. When they finally opened on Saturday we were the first in at 5.01pm! They open officially today (Monday), but had their 'soft opening' at the weekend. We bagged the seat at the edge looking out onto the street. It was a bit like sitting in a goldfish bowl, they've had so much interest in people walking past, it's a great location on the corner opposite the park.
Our pizzas soon arrived. I had Chorizo, birds eye Chilli tomato and ricotta (£8).
In truth I know we're in safe hands with them coming for the same team as the Chorlton Green Brasserie, almost everything was spot on, the little details on the menu; pre-wash, full load etc were great. Service was really friendly too. The pizzas weren't quite there yet, but I'm confident they will get these down to a fine T in no time.
Cocktails were enjoyable - I had a Porn Star Martini. We also noticed a neighbouring table had one in a large bag!
So I returned to The Laundrette for lunch, hoping that they had got over the first night wobbles. They had. It had much improved in just a week.
To start I had Truffle Mac n' Cheese.(£7.) This was adequate. Knowing who I was, the manager asked if this dish could be improved. I couldn't think at the time. Now I can, I think it needs more liquid and truffle oil. I had a really good one at All Star Lanes this needs sampling to compare, it was superb.
My companion had the Margherita (£6.50.) Again, huge improvements over last week.
Star dish: Frosty's Smoked Ham, Bury Black Pudding, Spicy Sausage pizza.
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