But one thing I will say, when you eat out as much as I do, you realise that there aren't quite as many chefs that really impress as he does. I also get the feeling that he's a chef's chef. To put it simply as I'm wont to do; the food is nowt fancy (nor is is attempting to be), but it always has that depth of flavour that I'm looking for. You'd think this simplicity is quite easy to achieve. It clearly isn't, or everyone would be doing it, and they're not. Well not around our neck of the woods anyway. As I said in my previous review, there is nowhere in Manchester quite like Sticky Walnut.
On this occasion, I had some of the new dishes. The Steak Tartare (£6) was totally spot on. After a stunning weekend of eating in Madrid last week, I was a little bit jaded. I'd received four invites for some very uninspirational new restaurants opening in Manchester. (The usual; a crappy looking steakhouse, bland chains, Hard rock café etc. I won't be going to any of them, I'm sure you'll see some positive 'reviews' elsewhere though).
The Jacob's Ladder (a bargain £10) is another new dish. I'd driven here especially for this really. It didn't disappoint either. You know when the flesh slides off the bone, and the fatty soft gelatinous meat on first taste is just so flipping good? If I could have done, I'd have licked all the sticky gravy off that plate right there and then. Great for a tenner too.
|Beautiful spring veg too.|
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