Hard Rock Café Manchester, now in its 16th year, offers classic American dining with large entrees and authentic ‘dirty’ burgers. Clean Living this is not. But don’t hold that against it.
As a bar Hard Rock is well worth the trip, especially for classic rock fans. On the walls at the moment include a David Bowie suit from the 80s, a jacket worn by Elvis Presley in the 50 and iconic memorabilia from the likes of the Beatles and Oasis. Attentive staff members are more than happy to give you a guided tour of what they have on the walls (quick fact: because they have so much in their vaults about 80% of their total stock is in storage). I did spot a dress by Natasha Beddingfield – can’t imagine too many Mancunians queuing up to see that.
Hard Rock Café have recently updated their vegetarian options and now have a specialised Vegetarian menu that makes ordering food quick and simple – safe in the knowledge that everything you are ordering is vegetarian. I wish more places followed suit.
On the back of the new Veggie menu are a selection of ‘Bold Sips’, a selection of Jam Jar (will this trend ever end?!) based cocktails. I went for ‘Rush on the Rocks’, a whisky-based cocktail with maple syrup, apple, sweet and sour mix with spiced sugar: a great winter warmer, if a little sweet for me. Lizzie opted for the ‘Spiced Cinnamon Mule’ that includes vodka, Whiskey and Cinnamon, easily the best cocktail out of the bunch. Kleptomaniacs everywhere can rejoice! You even get the keep the glass ☺
The first thing we ordered were Califlour ‘Wings’; crispy Buffalo Style Bread Califlour with a blue cheese and hot sauce dips. These were simply fantastic! In fact, so impressed with the dish that I’m trying to replicate the recipe at home this weekend. They also be great for those who are trying to cut their meat consumption or a #meatfreemonday. A must try for all.
One thing I would like adding to the Vegetarian menu is a section for sides and starters. I assume these will be listed in the main menu, but it would make sense to get it all on one for ease of ordering. Hopefully they will update this in the future.
After the starter we went for the ratatouille flatbeard and Grilled Ratatouille Wrap. Both were great options, especially the wrap. It included grilled eggplant, assorted veg and baby arugula and side salad.
I’d also recommend that you try the Califiour Vegetarian Burger – I superb option for those bored by the ‘Spicy Bean Burger’ served at most places in Manchester. The home-made patty comes with garlic, egg, goats cheese oregano and seasoned fries. Guaranteed to please any Vegetarian burger lover.
Once our plates had been cleared we decide to share a dessert – A Oreo Cheesecake. Oreo fans need to give this dish a go. Well worth it!
Overall the Hard Rock Café has really upped its game when it comes to its Vegetarian options – offers classic American dining with a twist. The perfect choice for any American Burger fan.