Black Dog Ballroom has launched a new menu and Dr C was invited down to try out some of the new dishes on offer. Heading over to Manchester with an empty tummy, what did she think of the menu?
Over to Dr C… Black Dog Ballroom is a staple to the Northern Quarter, open since 2009. Not only offering great food, they have pool tables and are open very late. It’s a great place to get the night going but equally a great place to finish!
Cocktails and Starters
We started with a Caramel Rum Old Fashioned and the Staten Island Ice Tea. The Rum Old Fashioned was fantastic, a really nice take on the traditional Old Fashioned, and one I would certainly try again. The Staten Island Ice Tea was a bit of a surprise too! The traditional cola and lemonade were dispensed with in favour of blood orange, lime and grapefruit Ting. I actually ended up preferring it to a normal Long Island Ice Tea!
We plumped for the sharing platter as our starter. In my opinion sharing platters can sometime not be worth the money, and you can feel a little cheated. This was certainly not the case at Black Dog NQ!! This thing was huge, a veritable smorgasbord of nachos, wings, onion rings, grilled chicken, fries, garlic dough balls and pigs in pretzels. The dough balls on our plater were maybe a little overdone, but still tasted good and the fries, nachos, chicken and wings were great. The standout for both of us, was definitely the pigs in pretzels – we actually haven’t stopped talking about them and we’ve already found a recipe to try making them at home. Admittedly we didn’t manage to finish the platter, and if we hadn’t been going for drinks after dinner you can be guaranteed we’d have taken the rest to go.
Cocktails and Mains
Whilst we waited on our main courses we ordered a few more cocktails, this time round the Bourbon Espresso Martini and the Big Apple Sour. I’m not normally huge on Espresso Martinis, but this one being made with bourbon made all the difference – I’d happily drink these all night, well if I could get them to make it decaf coffee!! The Big Apple Sour was great as well, a really nice take on a traditional whiskey sour.
Our mains arrived, the Spicy Chicken and Salsa pizza and the Mushroom Burger. We split both, because sharing is caring! The pizza base was thin and crispy, the toppings were delicious and the crust was nice and chewy – just the way I like my pizzas. I have to admit I kind of bullied my date into going for the mushroom burger, he’s adamantly not vegetarian, whereas I’ve got a firm love for veggie food. However, after this burger he’s willing to be a lot more open when it comes to meat free options. Although it might’ve just been the lashings of blue cheese that swayed him! In fairness, it was a really delicious meat free burger and different from the normal stodgy bean burgers that are often offered.
We really should have called it at this point, but we’d already spied the dessert menu and had our hearts set on trying something a little sweet. We went with the Rhubarb and Custard cheesecake and the Oreo Cookie Cake. I’m not a big cheesecake or rhubarb fan, so I’m not the best judge of that one. My date tells me that it was a pretty decent cheesecake. It had a good texture and delicious taste, but that the biscuit base was just a little soggy. The Oreo Cookie Cake was insanely good. I’m not normally a massive dessert fan, but this had me in a happy place. Lashings of chocolate and Oreos pieces, all served up with a delicious salted caramel ice cream.
We were full to bursting after all of the food, but extremely satisfied. It wasn’t the first time that I’ve eaten in Black Dog Ballroom, and it won’t be the last – I’ve definitely got to have more of those delicious pretzel dogs! If you’re after a quick bite to eat or full on dinner date, I’d definitely recommend Black Dog Ballroom.
Have you been to Black Dog Ballroom? What would you like to try? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Dr C was invited down to Black Dog Ballroom to try out the menu. As ever all words, photos and opinions are her own.
P.P.S. Black Dog Ballroom NQ is located at Basement Affleck’s Palace, Corner Tib Street / Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW.