Food profile - Albert's Didsbury
PUBLISHED: 13:13 27 August 2019 | UPDATED: 13:13 27 August 2019
Albert's Didsbury offers great food, service and ambience - what more does a neighbourhood dining spot need?
Don't you just love a reliably good restaurant? It doesn't need to shake your tastebuds and extend your culinary horizons, it just needs to present good food in a friendly atmosphere and never disappoint, ever. This is why, when school uniform shopping loomed, we decided upon Albert's in Didsbury. No worries over finding a lunchtime table, no concerns over finding dishes to suit a fussy eater and no worries over quality or cost, plus a really elegant interior and easy, free parking - the joy.
The restaurant is light, bright and airy, especially on a summer's day, with the doors thrown open to the outside terrace. Service is fast and courteous - lots of staff ensure there's always someone on hand to meet your every need!
The menu is extensive, with a dizzying range of options, which is never an issue for my son, who always heads straight to the pizza list. No pepperoni pizza caused a moment's anxiety, before he was reassured by the lovely server that they could put pepperoni on his margherita and equilibrium was restored. He also chose garlic bread with cheese (£4.50), which when it came was laden with melted mozzarella and dripping with garlic - small boy heaven, in fact. You should have seen his face when I helped myself!
My own starter, Peanut & Sesame Duck Satay (£8.00) was excellent. The duck was served pink all through and was perfectly seasoned and although I would have preferred a more textured satay sauce, it tasted great.
I confess to a bit of a dither over my main course - Butternut Squash & White Truffle Dumplings (£12) or Malayan Chicken (£14.50)? In then end I made a last minute swerve to the salad section, and plumped for Warm Goats' Cheese Fritters with
balsamic baby beetroot, roasted butternut squash, mixed leaves and pine nuts with a raspberry vinaigrette (£11.50). As well as a smug feeling of behaving myself it delivered lots of big tastes, fabulous textures and a desire to investigate how to fritter goats' cheese.
My son's pizza was the thinnest of thin crusts and laden with cheese and pepperoni. Quite delicious and enough for even the largest of teen appetites!
We resisted puddings - although I think the options available would be worthy of an exclusively puddings trip. Lemon tart or chocolate volcano? Hmmm…both, I think, please!