Despite arriving an hour late for our table (sorry about that!) the lovely Hannah accommodated us immediately. Seated near the entrance, it was clear that this friendly and accommodating service greeted all. A point worth remembering on an often over-subscribed Burton Road is that Volta only reserve a third of their tables for advanced bookings, making walk-ins welcome.
“down-to-earth neighbourhood retreat where it is encouraged to come as you are.”
Volta opened its doors on the popular Burton Road in West Didsbury in late 2013 with the aim of providing a down-to-earth neighbourhood retreat where it is encouraged to come as you are. The fantastic vibe and relaxed atmosphere is a stark and welcome contrast to Rhubarb, the restaurant that it replaced.
The menu centers on small, tapas style plates and a chargrill. The dishes are all ideal for sharing, but obviously, you don’t have to.
First out of the kitchen was the herb flat bread (£3) and a smoked feta, beetroot, hazlenuts and dill dish (£4). They looked fantastic but didn’t really do it for us; though that might be because we are both hard-to-please beetroot fans.
Next up came a trio of seafood dishes. The first: Crispy Baby Squid served with Aioli (£5.50) that was delightfully crispy, full of flavour and we would really recommend to anyone. The Negroni Cured Salmon served on a bed of fennel, orange and pumpkin seed (£6.50) was citrusy with the Negroni flavours really coming through. The winner for us though was from the specials board: a Pan-fried Hake with Chorizo & Apricot Lentil Stew (£6.50). We overheard that we’d got the last and we’re glad we did because it was a divine dish!
On to the meat. We had two small plates: the Chorizo with Piquillo peppers (£5), which was very good, and the Pork Belly (£5.50). The latter, which is a real favourite at the restaurant was sadly a little forthcoming with the cumin. Then came the Hanger Steak (13.50) that is served with hand cut chips and a rather zesty relish. The chips are served a little soggy, and this was met with huge approval from 50% of the table, especially when dipped in the left over aioli from the squid! The steak itself was flavoursome and was only left unfinished due to the sheer amount of food we’d already got through.
All of this, we naturally washed down with a few of Volta’s signature cocktails. The Volta and Tonic was long, refreshing and definitely one for enjoying on the front terrace once these increasingly lighter nights warm up a little. Following recommendations, we opted to finish with a White Lady and a Bottle Aged Old Fashioned.
Whilst finishing our drinks at the bar we bumped into Luke Cowdrey, one of the duo behind both Volta and Electrik in Chorlton. Luke mentioned plans to extend upstairs, that would see the emphasis downstairs shift to a bit more bar with the main dining experience upstairs. Let’s hope this happens soon, as the bar’s vibe, cocktail menu and broad selection of reasonably priced beers and wines make it an ideal place for a few drinks and could do with some more space.
With its lovely service and relaxed vibe, Volta is a welcome addition to Burton Road. This will be far from our last visit.
167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN
0161 448 8887