Food profile - The Anthologist, Manchester
PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 September 2018
Kate Houghton visits the Anthologist on St. Peter's Square.
If anybody had ever told me that I’d ever experience decision stress over salad options, I’d have laughed, but this is just what happened at my recent visit to The Anthologist, on St. Peter’s Square in Manchester.
The menu is wide ranging and offers much to ponder over, but on a warm summer’s night, I had it in mind to be healthy and turned to peruse my options. Crikey – seven choices, and not one is dull! I went for Baby Beetroot with Goat’s Curd; bright spheres of soft beetroot scattered amongst dressed leaves and lovely dollops of light goat’s cheese mousse.
I’m getting ahead of myself though. The Anthologist presents itself as a relaxed, friendly place to grab good food and discover a new cocktail or two with friends. The ambience is chilled and the service smooth, with a cocktail menu presented immediately on arrival. I opted for a Wildflower – Zubrovka, St. Germain, lime sherbert, honey syrup and apple juice. Fab-u-lous. Summer in a cocktail saucer.
Starters are designed for sharing, though Mike wasn’t too keen to include me in the joy of his Chorizo Scotch Eggs, though I figured out why once I’d speared a piece. My choice of Maple Ale Chicken Wings satisfied too and yes, I did share. Mike chose the Rib Eye for his main, which he pronounced excellent – and I can certainly vouch for the chips!
Finally – puddings, which takes me back to cocktails. You see, there’s not only a pudding menu of the chewable variety, but also one of the sippable variety: a short but (very) sweet list of dessert Martinis, including an Espresso, a Chocolate Brownie, a Crème Brulée and an After Eight... On my waiter’s advice I went for the last, and it was marvellous. I also had an actual pudding, because, salad. A knickerbockerglory glass filled with salted caramel ice-cream, whipped cream and dotted with poached plums…yeah baby!