Hard Rock Cafe Ups it’s Vegetarian Game

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.

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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.

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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 ☺

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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.

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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.

Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe

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!

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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.

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Awesome Corn Fritters served with sweet and sour dip – a must try! #TampSmallPlates

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Scrumptious Jam Jar cocktails at Hard Rock Cafe MCR – full review later this week 🙂

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An evening at Pizza Express Didsbury

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Earlier this month we were invited to a night of Pizza Making fun at the recently revamped Pizza Express in Didsbury. Situated at the heart of Dibsbury West, Pizza Express offered a taste of authentic Italian cuisine and al fresco dining.

On arrival we were greeted warmly by the team and led upstairs to meet our host for the night and restaurant manager Nathan. An excellent host and manger, Nathan quickly sorted out our drinks orders and allowed us to have a look around the restaurant and check out the interior.

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The new artwork is modern, clean and refreshing, taking aspiration from the history of the building as the as Post Office. The room upstairs would be ideal for group bookings and events and parties.

Nathan showed us downstairs and showed us the new restaurant layout. They have split the space in to two areas, One side for couples and groups and the other side for families and young children. A great idea to make everyone comfortable and at home. Then on to the kitchen where we found out that they Pizza flared an incredible 1 out of every 4 pizza! (A lot harder than it looks) Flaring is where they thrown the balls up in the air, allowing the base to become super thin and perfectly round. Exactly how I like my pizza. Nico our chef for the evening was obviously a pro and got it spot on every time.

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The pizza oven is a steady 370 degrees and can cook a pizza in 4 minutes. The kitchen staff confirmed for us that they are totally vegetarian, keeping ingredients separate and chefs and ensuring zero cross contaminate.

Nathan then took us to the newly revamped outside dining area. This space would be perfect on a hot sunny day, enjoying lunch or dinner with a glass of dry white wine with friends. It is also smoke free! Great for when eating Al Fresco!

Al fresco dining

al fresco dining

Nathan then took the group back upstairs for starters and pizza making. Nico explained that the dough is made and allowed to stand for 24 hours at 37 degrees in the trays. These trays specifically allow for better airflow. Once ready they then are then ready for tossing…

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For started we had the classic Pizza Express Dough Balls along with olives. I’m not sure what it is about these dough balls but everyone goes mad for them…and it’s understandable, so simple and so so good!

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After a couple more glasses of wine it was time to make our Pizzas! We each had our own dough to toss. This was a lot harder than it looks especially after Nico making it look so easy

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Danny had a knack for it though and ended up winning and award for his Pizza making skills!Danny pizza tossing

Once the dough was big enough and thin enough it’s time to pop them into the trays, using the tips of our fingers to make the crust.

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Next to add the toppings…but not before adding the tomato sauce. I was surprised to find out that this is done without a spoon or any utensils to spend the sauce. Once scooped onto the dough you then need to tilt and tap the pizza until the base is completely covered. A deceptively tricky task that only a few of us managed it without resorting to the back of a spoon. 

The ingredients were incredibly fresh and Nathan was very attentive to our veggie needs. One of our team also had a gluten free allergy. She made pizzas with us and then was brought a gluten free version to the table, making sure she didn’t miss out on any of the experience as we each made our own culinary masterpieces.

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Once we’d cooked our Pizzas they were taken off to the oven to be cooked before being brought over to our table. The results were simply divine!

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With Christmas fast approaching we think Pizza Express Didsbury would be the perfect team outing or family get-together. It’s great fun to learn about the pizza process and the attentive staff are on-hand to make sure that your night is a success.

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Overall a fantastic night was had by all – truly a night to remember. We hope to return soon to review the official menu very soon.

5 Top Veggie Places to Visit in Manchester This Week

Sugo Pasta Kitchen // Altrincham
One for Pasta lovers everywhere. Fusing rustic southern Italian cuisine with modern relaxed dining, Sugo is arguably the best Pasta Kitchen in the region. All the vegetarian options on offer are delicious – read our Sugo Pasta Kitchen Review here 

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

Tibetan Kitchen // Whalley Range-Chorlton
Hidden away on the Chorlton/Whalley Range borders, Tibetan Kitchen serve fabulous Tibetan dishes . Friendly staff serve complementarily Chai Tea to all those who dine-in – expect a wait at weekends but it is more than worth it.

Tibetan Kitchen

Ply Pizza // Manchester Northern Quarter
There are no shortage of Pizza places in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, but if you are in the mood for authentic Sour Dough Pizza, Ply is the place to go. Expect a lively atmosphere with djs playing over the weekend nights. Check out our Ply Pizza Review here 

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Fuel // Withington
Located in Withington, Fuel serves students and local residents alike vegetarian and vegan dishes from around the world. Proudly an independent bar & cafe, Fuel is our go-to veggie cafe in Manchester. The ‘Fish Finger’ (Breaded Halloumi) sandwich is a must.

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Market Hall // Altrincham 
Recently awarded the BBC Market of the Year Award, Market Hall is going from strength to strength after opening two years ago. A firm foodie favourite. Best to visit during the weekday if you want to get a table.

Market Hall

Eat and Two Veg Voted Top Food Blog 2016

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Eat and Two Veg has been included in a list of top Food Blogs in Manchester! The list, compiled by Manchester based agency Custard, puts together some of the top blogging sites from the region. The top ten is below:

Manchester Food Blogs Top Ten

  1. Miss Pond
  2. What Sass Says
  3. Sophie’s Scran
  4. Phat Cupcake
  5. Hungry Healthy Happy
  6. Spamella B
  7. Frankie’s Weekend
  8. Elsa Eats
  9. The Veggie Kitchen
  10. Eat and Two Veg

You can read the full list by going to The Custard Blog 

Northern Soul – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches hit the Spot in MCR NQ

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese Manchester

Since 2015, the Northern Soul Grilled Cheese Company has been serving up gourmet American-Style grilled cheese sandwiches soundtracked to Northern Soul classics.

Although this place has been open since early last year the constant crowds during lunch time had put me off visiting until now. Expect queues out onto the street during peak hours, but it’s worth the wait.

The menu changes each week – great for those that love to try something different every time. The basic sandwich starts at £4.50 (The Soul) with more adventurous choices all coming in at £5-£6. We decided to try ‘The Classic’, a three cheese blend with caramelised onion chutney – one of my favourite additions to any sandwich.

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese Manchester

Our order was taken swiftly and arrived in just over 5 minutes. It did not disappoint. Sumptuous cheese with lashings of onion chutney really hit the spot. Served hot with a shake or coke on the side and it makes the perfect quick bite to eat whilst in the Northern Quarter. I can’t wait to try the rest of the veggie menu.

Perfect for when grabbing a quick bite to eat during a busy day or before hitting a few Northern Quarter bars, Northern Soul really delivers. Drop-in next time you are in the area.

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Don’t forget to keep up to date on their menu changes by going to the Northern Soul Twitter Page

Fresh to Death offers a healthy eating alternative to the Altrincham food scene

Fresh to Death AltrinchamFresh off the heels of Sugo Pasta Kitchen comes Fresh to Death – a new ‘healthy eating’ alternative based in the heart of Altrincham. Specialising in locally sourced, fresh and organic produce, Fresh to Death brings a much needed breath of fresh air to lunch time dinning.

The health food market has expanded rapidly in Manchester with the likes of Bosu Body Bar in Chorlton and Kukoos Street food on Oxford Road, showing that Manchester food isn’t all dirty burgers, stacked hot dogs and glutinous pizzas. It’s out with the dirty food and in with the clean living.

For veggies, the place offers a selection of salads, homemade quiche, healthy breakfast choices and great lunch alternatives to the drab take-out sandwich. All served with fresh coffee and speciality teas to eat in or take away.

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After checking out the menu, I decided to go with the stuffed pepper, served with flavoured quinoa, feta and a sidekick salad. The stuffed Pepper was a delightful lunch time choice, with the quinoa (one of my favourite ingredients at the moment) the perfect healthy alternative to stodgy rice. Even the side salad was delicious – I will definitely be trying out one of their take out salads in the near future.

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As much as the food impresses, the presentation left much to be  desire. Like many bars and restaurants in town, Fresh to Death feels the need to serve food on anything other than a plate. Whilst it’s great for presentation, unless you’re really into the sound of scratching your nails down a chalkboard I wouldn’t recommend it. Slates and food knives simply do not mix and I hope that they change this quickly.

Fresh to Death Altrincham

Overall, veggie food lovers in Altrincham should check out Fresh to Death as soon as possible. For those who have had enough of the ‘man vs food’ type food obsession in Greater Manchester, make sure Fresh to Death is on your ‘To Do’ list.