When we were invited to the launch of Manchester’s latest fine-dining restaurants, Mamucium, the first thing I did was look at the menu so see what was on offer.
Let’s just say, it came as no surprise when I learned that iconic chef, Andrew Green, was the mastermind behind such a creative and indulgent menu. Believe it or not, Kat and I were officially Mamucium’s first ever diners- so if there were ever two people to make a credible first impression; it was going to be us.
Of course, we weren’t disappointed. Aside from its unique curved design and relaxed atmosphere, everything down to the table settings was impeccable- the food included.
They really have thought of everything here. The wine is incomparable and the cocktails delicious and innovative. Everything is locally sourced too, even the bread, which means you’re getting a real flavour of Manchester right on the doorstep of the Northern Quarter.
Introducing the Pankhurst’s Revolution cocktail, made up of Zymurgorium Cherry Bakewell Liquor, a dash of Vimto and topped with prosecco – a cocktail to honour the suffragettes, just in time for the centenary of women’s right to vote and the unveiling of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue on St. Peter’s Square. The cocktails are even served with worker bee straws which were a delightful touch.
I don’t think anything on the menu, drinks and dessert included, is served without something either created or made famous in Manchester, really living up to the original Roman name. Here’s what we thought of the menu:
Sophia: When I saw ‘Lobster Mac n Cheese’ on the menu, it was a no-brainer. I’d only tried lobster once before and it was actually quite tasteless, so I was interested to see how it would pair with some pasta and a thick, creamy cheese sauce.
One word: wow. This time around, I found the lobster to be thick, juicy and bursting with flavour; the texture contrasting perfectly with the soft macaroni and smooth cheese sauce. My only regret: I wish it came as a main dish too because I could have eaten it 10 times over.
Kat: Having never tried Scallops before I thought that Mamucium would be the best place for my first attempt – and I was not at all disappointed as they were cooked to absolute perfection and so damn tasty. Whilst sampling we were even treated to two waiting staff explaining the intricate art of preparing scallops to us, which fit the bill superbly.
Sophia: For main, I opted for the 10oz Lancashire Ribeye steak, medium-rare, with a side of Blackstick Blue Dauphinoise potatoes and peppercorn sauce.
The first thing I noticed about the steak was the size of it. Almost as thick as it was long, I wondered if I’d ever make it to the finish line- but there was no way I was going to let food this good go to waste.
And the potatoes- yum. Perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and creamy in the middle- easily the best dauphinoise potatoes I’ve ever had. A top-class meal from a top-class chef.
Kat: I tried the lobster, served with Fricassee samphire potato, baby onions and lemon. Having only ever eaten lobster once (and cold) I already knew this was going to be a treat. The lobster itself was lovely and fresh which meant it wasn’t too fishy and it was also cooked perfectly.
I ate it with a Caprese salad as a side (with the most succulent tomatoes this side of Tuscany might I add) which could be deemed a strange combination but somehow it totally worked.
Sophia: Following a recommendation, I chose the Rich Chocolate Marquise with Orange cream, which could only be described as a brick of glorious, chocolate heaven. Although it was incredibly rich (the clue is in the name) it was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and something I’d definitely order again. But if you’re looking for a dessert to share, there’s more than enough for two hungry mouths.
Kat: Now for the absolute star of the show, the Trinity Burnt Cream. A bit like a crème Brulee but my word, the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life and that’s not an exaggeration in the slightest.
Usually, I’m a chocolate or nothing kind of girl but this was the most delicious caramel you could hope to try. My only reservation is that I didn’t have this for starter and main too because It was so delicious I almost cried.
Safe to say, if you haven’t tried the incredible Mamucium restaurant, you ought to get down as soon as possible. It’s rare that a fine dining experience is ran by such lovely and attentive people, but in Mamucium you won’t want for anything.
6 Todd Street, Manchester, M3 1WU
0161 359 7498