December 03, 2013
A few weekends ago, five of us went along to Room Restaurant in Manchester for a little celebration lunch. A few of us have had birthdays recently and thought it would be nice to get together for a bit of wining and dining. Rather sillily, I didn't take any photos of the restaurant itself (which is beautiful) or of the group of us together, just of the food that I ate, but that's the most important part right?
The rest of my friends ate from the set price lunch and dinner menu and absolutely loved what they had, however there was nothing suitable for vegans on that menu and so I ate from the vegan menu. Room caters well for those with special dietary requirements and has separate menus available for most needs.
To start, I went with the Bloody Mary consommé. It might not look like much, but this packed a punch and was full of flavour whilst being lightly spiced.
Moving onto the mains and for this course I went with the Malayan vegetable curry. The menu stated that this would be served with spiced rice, however mine was actually accompanied with coconut spiced lentils and roasted cauliflower, which were delicious. I'm definitely going to have to try and recreate them at home. The potatoes were delicately spiced and went perfectly with the lentils and cauliflower.
I also may have pinched a couple of the chips that my friends had ordered with their mains and they were really quite yummy.
Lastly were the desserts. I decided on the sorbet and had a scoop each of raspberry, strawberry and fennel. They were all beautiful but the fennel sorbet was sublime. I almost wish that I'd gotten three scoops of just that; without a doubt it was one of the nicest things that I have ever eaten.
Overall, I would highly recommend Room Restaurant. I've eaten there twice now and on both occasions, the food has been great. The wine and cocktails that are available aren't bad either. It can be a little pricey, however for me it's worth it, especially if it's for a special occasion.
For many of those with special dietary requirements, going for a meal can feel a little daunting, especially when you have to contact a restaurant in advance just to make sure that they're able to cater for you, but with Room, all of those anxieties are taken away and that's just one of the many reasons that I know that I'll be back.