Chicken Poutine. I originally wanted their pig's head poutine as I'd seen a photo in the local press. It turns out that this was from one of their London branches. No matter, I'm so glad we order it. It's bloody gorgeous. That taste of oily hot chicken skin mixed with melting cheese. I gobble the lot down.
The Fried Oysters are good too although we'd mistakenly thought we were getting fresh oysters. It would be nice to see these in Manchester too.
It will be interesting to compare this steak to the one we will be having at Asador Etxebarri in the Basque country in a couple of months. It's believed be many to be the best BBQ restaurant in the world. (I'd also like to try the steak at Kitty Fisher's in London which is also sourced from the Basque country). We don't often eat steak in the UK as it's more often than not a disappointment. Not in this case.
The only thing is that Hawksmoor maintains those London prices to match. I must admit to being shocked at the price of our Porterhouse. For £85.50 I'd expect it to be the best steak I've eaten in Britain!
Our original bill would have come to £176 for two which is pretty high but we had ordered a huge amount of food as we had wanted to get 'our moneys worth' of discount. The final tally was £96.
In the end you must always pay for the best quality. Who knows if Manchester is ready for these London prices? Previous evidence would suggest not but we've never had a Hawksmoor before. The only thing I can say for sure is that we thought our lunch was completely brilliant. It'll just take us a few months to save up for our return trip.
See the Manchester Menu here.