Notes on my outfit: It’s finally time to crack out the wooly hat! I’m a huge fan of winter clothing and I’ve been counting down the days to be reunited with my tights and knits!
Once upon a time I’d have shunned the Northern Quarter as a hyped up area where only yuppies congregate. It’s easily done. You see a guy in a top knot and offensively tight jeans, sipping artisan coffee and think it’s a place only for hipsters.
Manchester’s Northern Quarter is host to some of the most incredible eateries in the city, which welcome anyone with open arms. One of the most recent additions to this district is Superstore.
Restaurant on top, supermarket below; its easy to walk by this place without a second thought. Whilst many of the neighbours have outdoor seating, bunting and quirky marketing ploys; Superstore doesn’t need to shout about its offerings.
I was spoilt for choice with the Superstore menu. This wasn’t your average ‘mushroom burger to keep the vegetarians quite’ place, every dish was designed to be bursting with flavour. Whilst I was impressed, I’ve heard many suggest some of the dishes were ‘trying too hard’, but what’s wrong with a newcomer offering us something different for once!? If you’re after a simple steak or burger, there’s a hundred other places to go.
My friend and I opted for a small plate and side as we had plenty of important things to be doing (shopping) and didn’t want to spend too long of our day eating (for once).
Look at how glorious their salt&pepper tofu is! This was much different to the greasy take out version I’m used too. The aioli was a perfect accompaniment and wasn’t too overpowering, so I could still appreciate the flavour of the tofu. I can’t be certain, but I feel like saying they used the silken variety. The contrast between soft inside and crispy exterior gave excellent texture.
I ordered a side of fat chips that came with what was described on the menu as a ‘sexy onion dip’. It genuinely lived up to the name!
Washed down with a caramel tea, this was a great way to refuel after being battered by the crowds in the Arndale.
How Superstore didn’t win the best newcomer award at the Manchester Food & Drink festival I’ll never know *cough* fix *cough*. My friend and I both agreed Superstore fully deserved to win and I take her opinion highly as she’s a chef herself.
I’ll be returning to this wonderful place soon to tackle their vegetarian breakfast, who’s coming with me!?