Grenache, located in a small town called Walkden outside the city centre, has been named the Best North West Restaurant 2013 by the Good Food Guide and was blissfully endorsed by us as ‘marriage material’ back in March.
This 38-cover restaurant is busy every night of the week. We went back to the decadent dining restaurant for a catch up and to capture one of their ever changing menus. They didn’t let down on this occasion – equally as decadent which only screams consistency.
“The hard part is finding the freshest ingredients you can, so I let them do the talking.”
We were accompanied by manager Lyndsey McDonald who talked us through the quality control and direction she wants the restaurant to go in. Of course the ‘man named Huss‘ owner himself was on hand to talk us through the menu – fantastic service that oozes a sure confidence with the menu.
To start we were presented with salt & pepper squid, brightened with lime to give a zesty kick. A perfect appetiser which left us yearning for more. It only got better with the butternut and honey squash soup with croutons. So smooth and creamy, it set the standard for our tastebuds.
Chicken liver pâté, apple crisps, apple purée with balsamic & homemade brioche… ever spoilt and something Chadders will be furious she missed out on (soz queen). How to top so far was beyond us.
Mackerel, goats cheese, orange, beetroot and watercress salad was the absolute winner – exquisite.
Pan fried scallops with tempura prawns, fennel ceviche with cocktail sauce.
Twice cooked belly pork with sour crout, crispy crackling, braised pigs ear, apple purée, apple parve, smoked mashed potato, pan seared scallop and crispy pigs ear.
Roast rack of lamb beetroot purée hot pot potatoes, turned vegetable & Romanesque vegetables.
Head chef Mike Jennings worked for Shaun Rankin, Nigel Howarth and Gary Rhodes before moving to Greater Manchester to take his role at Grenache. Mike works in a ‘gadget-free’ kitchen, believing a back to basics approach, letting the quality produce do the talking. He says:
“The hard part is finding the freshest ingredients you can, so I let them do the talking. Why would you complicate it by putting too many extras on the plate. The star of the show is already there.”
Mike’s evident flair and passion for food and Grenache doesn’t just stay in the kitchen. He’s been pro-active, travelling around Europe for the best ingredients and is keen to make the Grenache name the stuff of legends in the culinary world. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikechef11
Strawberry parfe, masserated strawberries, basil sorbe, black pepper tweal and homemade marshmallows. The strawberry and basil collectively is just sensual. Our favourite of the desserts.
Chocolate fondant with a coconut sorbe, mango & mint salsa, deep fried plumbs coated in cinnamon & sugar served with damson sauce and clotted cream. Lemon tart with crime fresh icecream, champagne and strawberry cheesecake with masserated strawberries and strawberry sorbe.
Peaches tartin with creme fresh icecream.
Grenache isn’t the most elegant restaurant in Manchester but it’s an intimate, independent that competes with Manchester’s elite – the likes of ABode Restaurant. It’s easily in our top 5 restaurants in Manchester. How do you like them apples!
Two Course Meal for 2 + Bottle of Wine for £39.95
Valid Wed, Thu & Sundays – quote “I Love Manchester” when booking.
Early Decadence menu only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Management have a right to pull this offer at any point. Supplements must be paid for. Can only use this offer once per booking.
Grenache Restaurant – Decadent Dining, 15 Bridgewater Rd, Walkden, Worsley, Manchester M28 3JE
0161 799 8181