The other evening Ms M was invited to Malmaison to try their new À La Carte menu. Right in the heart of Manchester City Centre, Malmaison is a great place if you want a hotel in central Manchester and certainly offers a great restaurant.
Over to Ms M….
I was excited to see what was on offer having already been a few months for breakfast (courtesy of my sister staying there). The staff were highly attentive and the menu is much better than you might expect from a hotel. So, what did we try?
Starters and Drinks
To drink, I had the Malmaison Fizz – a champagne cocktail with grapefruit, ginseng & elderflower. I love grapefruit so this drink was a must for me! Lovely flavours, a great drink to start an evening with!
For starters, I had the Handmade Vietnamese Tuna Rolls and Mr C had the Pepper Seared Rump Beef Carpaccio. I don’t normally eat fish but the tuna rolls really caught my eye – served with avocado, cucumber, coriander and a chilli dipping sauce, it sounded really appetising. Great dish, but way too light on the avocado. It was definitely made by the chilli sauce – I tried it with and without, and without just didn’t have the same kick. The Carpaccio was also lovely; really well balanced between meat and veg, and the battered cauliflower was gorgeous! Mr C doesn’t normally choose dishes with cauliflower but even he commented that this was his favourite bit!
For mains, we both had steaks; I had the T-Bone with Béarnaise sauce and he had the Signature. From where we were sitting, we could see the meat hanging next to the kitchen – really feels like you’re getting the freshest & best cuts of meat they have on offer. To accompany, we had Glazed Truffle Mash & Buttered Greens. Both steaks were great but I must say that the T-Bone was amazing – it really fell apart in the mouth & the Béarnaise was fab! Don’t take my word for it, go and try it! The truffle mash was a wonderful twist on a classic British accompaniment, I shall definitely be trying that one at home! So simple and super tasty!
For dessert, I had the Rhubarb Trifle and Mr C had Sticky Toffee Pudding. Now, you might think that Sticky Toffee Pudding is a fairly standard British dessert, and while I don’t disagree, Malmaison are onto a winner here. Really tasty & light, so much better than your average pub Sunday lunch! I opted for the Rhubarb Trifle as I was intrigued what it would be like, I was not disappointed! Definitely one you need to go and try for yourself! Not too big, sooooo tasty and it looks great when it’s served.
Overall, Malmaison’s new À La Carte menu was great, with plenty on offer for everyone. I would definitely recommend you go out and try for yourself! They do cater to food allergies and vegetarian, just discuss with your server when you’re there.
Have you been to Malmaison? What would you check out on the new menu? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Ms M’s dinner at Malmaison was complimentary in return for an independent review. This time all words, opinions and photos are hers.
P.P.S. Malmaison Manchester is located at Picadilly, 1 Gore Street, Manchester M1 3AQ.