Posted on 03 / 24 / 2011
I had dinner in here on Wednesday this week. I expected it to be a quiet night & it was something of a surprise to be told there were no spaces. I was given the option of waiting for 45 mins for a table to be free, an option I accepted.
There are only 24 seats and space for more tables. I asked the owner about this and was told that at present there is only 1 loo and that this can cause a bottleneck for customers. There is a refurb program following imminently and toilet capacity will be trebled. This will be accompanied by an increase in seating space.
On the subject of the loo, the entire restaurant is disabled friendly. Its all on the ground floor and the loo is big and spacious.
And so to the serious business of food. The menu is a la carte consisting of each of 5 starters, mains and after courses. I counted eight of the fifteen dishes clearly labelled as vegan. Unusually from what I have seen before, there was a comment on the menu stating, 'All vegan dishes can be prepared as vegetarian'. Resisting the temptation to make the comment that all vegan dishes are vegetarian (just like every square is a rectangle but not every rectangle is a square, every vegan dish is vego...), I again asked the helpful owner. He informed me that option is on the menu for any dairy junkies who may prefer to have dairy produce in their dish.
This place is clearly targeting a more upmarket niche in terms of decor, menu content and pricing. If you're on a tight budget at present, this place isn't for you (e.g. £12 for a main).
The seats I am advised by the manager are fake leather, likewise with the sofa by the bar.
The roasted suede & carrot soup was nothing less than delightful. Similarly when it came to dessert, the sticky toffee pudding was perfect. I had the laksa Thai curry for a main. I don't have the strongest resistance to chilli and for me it was a serious nose runner. It certainly had a Thai twang but for one I would have preferred the spicing to be more rounded rather than so chilli dominated. My friend had the haloumi and said it tasted great although he felt the portion of chips accompanying could have been more generous.
The entire place is being rebranded in a few days time as, '1847 The Vegetarian Bistro'. I am advised by the manager when I asked that 1847 is a reference to the year that vegetarian society was found.
I'd defo go again next time I am in Manchester. I'd also take omnivores who otherwise wouldn't go to a vego restaurant.
Vegan vego friendly, lovely food, Pleasant atmo