A cosmopolitan new concept ready to make some noise.
Situated where the once iconic Neighbourhood resided, anticipation was high when it was announced BLVD Manchester would ‘breathe new life’ into the abandoned site and bring a brand-new concept with it.
A high-end drinking and dining concept inspired by the New York Meatpacking District, BLVD Manchester promised a sophisticated dining menu, with influences from Asian and Japanese gastronomy. We were invited to sample the menu ahead of the big launch and to provide our honest opinion on this brand new concept – here’s what we thought.
Stepping into BLVD Manchester, we were impressed to see how light and airy the venue felt, it suddenly had life back into it and had a buzz about it that made you want to know more. The booths where we were seated reminded me of a chic New Year eatery akin to Balthazar or The Russian Tea Room and you could see why it had been positioned as having a cosmopolitan nature about it.
We were greeted with a menu of signature and classic cocktails, choosing a poison martini – pink gin and blackberry and highline fizz – a floral sparkling affair topped with Prosecco and lemon. They were both fruity, fresh and easy to drink – a nice little introduction to the evening’s proceedings.
To start with plates fresh oysters were brought to the table, with two flavours to choose from – spicy and gin & tonic. We were feeling brave and opted for the spicy oysters, with a bit of dutch-courage we swallowed them whole and were pleasantly surprised. The spice hit you but in a enjoyable and flavoursome way and the oysters were fresh and tasty.
We then proceeded to the vegetable tempura which was a incredibly decent sized starter and served with a teriyaki sauce which was pleasant and the chicken bang tang with coriander and lime. Both were well balanced and full of flavour.
We then moved onto the main event, sticky seitan ribs and miso marinated black cod. The sticky seitan ribs were surprisingly tender and rich and even the meat eaters on our table enjoyed them. With a real trend for black cod happening in the city right now we were eager to sample the miso marinated black cod. It came served with crispy quinoa and was soft and flaky when cut into. A light and refreshing main of delicate flavours with the salt from the miso complimenting the fish.
To finish, we all shared the show-stopping marshmallow campfire which was served to the table with real flames dancing around on-top of it. A sweet and indulgent treat of meringue and chocolate, with marshmallows and chocolate sticks for dipping.
The evening was incredibly enjoyable and was great to see a once iconic part of Spinningfields back in business. All-in-all, BLVD Manchester does have some exciting dishes on the menu and it will be interesting to see how it performs as Asian-fusion cuisine is hot property right now, especially with Tattu and Ivy Asia also in the neighbourhood. This place is finding its feet and we look forward to seeing it prosper and become a staple of Spinningfields life once again.
BLVD Manchester currently has 50% off food during the week valid until the 6th December so be sure to go see for yourselves. https://blvdmanchester.com/ .
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