Pier Eight invited Dr C down to give their current menu a try. As she was already in Manchester for the Salford 10k that weekend, how could she possibly say no?
Pier Eight is the restaurant in The Lowry, located in Salford Quays. If you’re like us and get to go along on a beautiful summers night you’re in for enviable views as the sun begin to go down. This for me is a massive selling point, and definitely worth the quick tram trip from the city centre.
My dinner date and I have extremely similar tastes in food. So we nearly always end up ordering the same thing. Not this time though! I went with the Seared Scallop served with an apple tart, black pudding beignet and a red wine sauce. I seriously loved all of this dish. The scallop was perfectly cooked. The apple tart was the perfect combination of sweet and tart enough and the black pudding! I would eat that black pudding every day if I could! My only criticism is that there was only one scallop, but knowing we were having three courses, it was enough.
My dinner date went with the Duck Carpaccio served with blueberries, blackberry vinegar, sourdough croutons and a parmesan crisp. This dish was impressive. I’ll admit to pangs of jealousy over this one. I did get to taste it and it really was delicious! My dinner date did comment that the parmesan crisp was a little hidden in the dish and whilst delicious didn’t add very much for us.
I knew exactly what I wanted to order from the main course (always beef fillet!). The selection was fantastic and we both would’ve loved to sample everything! In fact, we were a little cheeky and got a little taster portion of the Summer Risotto. A light and fresh pea risotto, not dissimilar to Venetian Risi e Bisi, garnished with Yorkshire fettle cheese, pine nuts and truffle oil. It really was delicious, if you have a vegetarian in your midst then they’ll be well taken care of at Pier Eight.
Onto the meaty mains!! I went with the Beef Fillet, served with fondant potato, pak choi, watercress sauce and bone marrow sauce. I asked for mine served rare, and it was cooked to perfection. The beef was delicious and the bone marrow sauce packed a punch. It tied the dish together perfectly and was so more-ish that I’m still thinking about it now. My dinner dates first choice was the beef, but alas I pipped him to the post and he had to settle for the Lamb Rump. Served with hotpot potatoes, carrot puree and a lamb sauce – it was definitely not settling! Perfectly pink and full of flavour – it’ll be my choice next time we’re at Pier Eight.
For dessert, I opted for the British Farm House Cheese, served with poached pear, chutney, oat biscuits and knacker bread. The cheeses were all delicious and packed full of flavour, and the poached pear was an absolute taste revelation! My dinner date had a hard time choosing, and eventually opted for the Banana Tarte Tartin. Served with an anglaise foam and rum and raisin ice cream. I’m told it was a perfect combination. Since I don’t like banana I only tasted the ice cream, which was incredible!
We’d both had a look at the menu in advance… having this in mind we opted for a bottle of the Andean Vineyards Malbec to go with our dinner. This would compliment the meaty dishes we were going for. It was a really nice drinkable red, which really went well with all of the dishes we chose.
Before ordering dessert we tried an Old Fashioned and a dry gin Martini. The Martini was delicious and perfectly dry. The Old Fashioned was one of the best I’ve tasted! We also rounded our the evening with a couple of cocktails, this time going for the Espresso Martini and the Perfect Manhattan, both delicious and the perfect end to a really lovely evening.
We had a really fantastic evening down at Pier Eight. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in the Quays area. Maybe not when I’m running a 10k the next day (oops!) The full restaurant menu is served from 7pm and is available Thursday-Saturday, with a set menu available in the bar area 5-7pm.
Have you been to Pier Eight? What do you think of the menu? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Dr C was invited down to Pier Eight for an honest review of the food. As ever all words, photos and opinions are her own.
P.P.S. Pier Eight is located at 906 The Quays, Salford M50 3UB.