I've made a few trips to Solita lately, firstly to taste a few new dishes and secondly to photograph some other new menu items for Franco, the owner. It would be unprofessional of me to review these items properly this being the case but it's made me think about why people order what they do.
Firstly, the Hemingway Burger. It was a fantastic idea to use the original recipe, recently unearthed of the author's favourite hamburger. Apart from a few unusual touches, (carrots and Spice Islands seasoning for example) it's fairly simple. I had a feeling I'd like it because of this. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's the best burger I've ever had at Solita and probably one of the best anywhere in Manchester. You can really taste the meat unadorned without a hundred other unessential things muddying the flavour. However at the time Franco said; "I knew that it wouldn't sell." Why is this I wonder?
Big Manc that they can Instagram to their mates and say 'look what I've just eaten'. Also, I'm not sure what Hemingway means to most people these days, if anything.
I also tried the Lobster and Sweetcorn fritters which were being developed as I sampled them. The problem as I saw it on tasting the first versions is that lobster is a subtle taste and you couldn't really detect much of the flavour in there. It was fascinating to me seeing Franco work out the costings on these as everyone knows lobster is expensive, it'll be interesting to see if they sell or not at their final price point. (He cleverly ran a competition to come up with some dips to go with them which of course drums up interest).
The deep fried lasagne is the best selling special this year.
See the photos in high resolution here.