Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bill's Restaurant Manchester

July has been a crazy month but food and drink will always make me happy :) so a trip to Bill's it was! Bill's have just opened up on John Dalton Street, literally next door to Byron burger so there might be a bit of competition there. Bill's replaced a old retail store and it's pretty impressive what they have done with the space. The decor is a little woody but its chilled and casual, the outdoor seating area is lovely. 

The menu offers a great selection of home comforts using the freshest ingredients, ranging from salads, burgers, steaks, sausages and so forth. 


Aperol Spritz - £6.50 

Chocolate Brownie Milkshakes - £3.95

Selecting which starters to have was hard as we wanted to try everything as everything sounded so good! I way prefer starters to main for some reason, probably because you can try more smaller dishes as oppose to one main dish and you can share. But we knuckled it down to the three we wanted the most. 

Mini Cumberland Sausages with Honey and Grain Mustard - £4.25 

These small but scrummy sausages were on the while you wait menu but I'd rather have it as a starter as we prefer to share and sample as much as we can. Cumberland is one of my favourite sausages as its full of flavour compared to a standard pork sausage. These mini sausages definitely hit the spot, they were small but chunky, full of sausage meat and herbs and most of all the honey mustard was sticky and not too sweet. Perfect! 

Crab, Chilli and Prawn Cakes with Baby Gem, Mango and Spring Onion Salad - £5.85 

I chose this starter for its great combination of classic flavours but I was a bit disappointed to be fair as it was just okay, the chilli was not there! The crab was a bit too minced and mushy for my liking and the mango salsa lacked fresh mango flavour and was a bit sloppy. 

Crispy Lemon Squid with Garlic and Lemon Mayo - £5.95

My all time favourite crispy squid, this starter however did live up to its name and is probably one of the best I've had in a long time. The squid rings were cut to perfect proportions, the batter was crispy and the garlic mayo was delicious. 


Chipotle, Coriander and Lemon Marinated Half Chicken served with chilli buttered corn and sweet potato fries - £11.95

I chose this main as I thought it would be spicy grilled chicken but the chipotle, coriander or lemon flavour was not there at all, the only thing I could taste was the burnt parts of the chicken from the grill. The heat or spice definitely needs to be turned up a notch or maybe a sauce to go with it might be help. Other than that the corn and sweet potato fries were fine. 

Bill's Style BBQ Pork Ribs served with creamy slaw and skinny fries - £13.95

Ribs ribs ribs! Manchester serves up a lot of ribs if I must say but if you're after honest, meaty and juicy ribs Bill's have got it alright. My partner stated its was the best rack of ribs he had! 


Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts served with strawberries and chocolate dipping sauce - £5.50

We don't usually make it to dessert as we get so stuffed from everything else but like the starters we (well just me apparently) also wanted everything from the dessert menu. But we opted for the warm cinnamon doughnuts on this occasion and (OMG) they are amazing. You get around four doughnuts, all still surprisingly warm, the dough is soft inside and slightly fried on the outside all coated in sugar and cinnamon. The chocolate dip is rich but very delightful when eaten with the doughnut. I could eat these all day long!

If you're looking for a casual dining experience then Bill's is the place to go and most of all it won't break the bank. However, it would be nice if there were a bigger selection of cocktails. Next time I go it would be for breakfast and I'm really excited!!!

Have you tried Bill's before?

C x

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Oh! Splendid Sausage

Move over burgers, Manchester is now welcoming the hype around sausages!

With all the talk and the hype all over Twitter, I thought I give Splendid Sausage a try just before heading to the cinema and to my surprise I was so full I just couldn't bare to order popcorn or ice cream later on at the cinema.

Taking over Jack Spratt a few months ago the owners behind Splendid Sausage have done pretty well, making the small casual restaurant a place people can pop in to for a quick lunch break or a quick pit stop before a night out. The menu is also quite simple, you can choose from classic sausages with a choice of 2 toppings or go for the combos which are piled up with the best topping combinations. There are also a small number of sides too such as chilli cheese fries, naked fries or home made slaw.

Here's a quick snapshot of what we had: 

Hard pink lemonade £6.50 - vodka, lemonade and a sprinkle of glitter. A nice girly drink with strong vodka, looks pretty in a jar plus you get a sweet treat for after .

We went for two of the combo sausages (sorry we just couldn't resist the scrummy toppings). 

Mighty meaty £8 - the splendid sausage topped with chicken bites, bacon, fried onions and BBQ sauce. 

I loved the chicken bites, it did really make this combo mighty! However, the splendid sausage itself was a bit bland and could have done with a bit more seasoning. But the BBQ sauce smothered on top was spot on and maybe it was missing some cheese! 

Mexican £8 - the Spanish sausage topped with three cheese mix, peppers, lettuce, chillies, guacamole and crushed nachos. 

I have a thing for Mexican food so this combo was perfect for me, I was expecting a lot of flavour and powerful heat but this combo did not deliver. The combinations of topping were great but the sausage itself was not hot or smokey enough to be classed as 'Spanish'. 

Even with the freshly topped chillies, it didn't put my mouth on fire. Maybe jalepenoes would have been better. It could have done with some extra sauce too. 

Sides - Chilli cheese fries £4 and splendid slaw £2 

Yummy BBQ-luscious chilli and cheese on the fries. The slaw was fresh, strong in  mustard taste and it was creamy and crunchy. 

Full photo of our spread: 

Could this be the start of a new foodie trend? 


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