Words & Photos: @oliverinstead
If there’s one thing you really need to know about me is that I’m a glutton… no, really, I am. Even though I don’t usually reveal this side of me to the Internet, I thought I’d attempt a restaurant review because last weekend, myself and ma little muffin were invited to the brunch menu launch at Neighbourhood in Spinningfields, down town Manchester.
The vibe – 8/10
I’m not a fan of loud places where I have to compete with the next person’s vocal folds elasticity and lungs to maintain a conversation (I’m such a pop…) and this place, although looks very much like that during the night (this is Spinningfields after all), the daytime setting is perfect – chilled, with just enough buzz that you don’t feel like you’re dining in a library, or a warzone.
The service – 9/10
The waitresses were extremely friendly and helpful. Although I did have to ask several times for a glass of water, I’d put that down to the ongoing chaos during service causing them to forget, which happens. While we’re on the subject, I really do NOT appreciate people making a huge fuss when a waiter forgets something, just anything, especially if they have a million jobs at hand because humans, forget, things.
The meal – 8.5/10
The quality of the ingredients didn’t go unnoticed as it was faultless. I was particularly impressed with the perfectly ripe and creamy avo (in tremendously generous serving too!) and as a religious avo consumer I know how hard it is to get such fresh fruits.
Additionally, the meat produce, all of which sourced locally was also top notch. However, as a complete baked beans snob, I take issue with restaurants using Heinz baked beans – it’s fuss-free to make your own so that to me was disappointing. There was also an issue with some missing toasts on the dishes but again, in their defence, it was hectic so mistakes were forgiveable.
Finally, perhaps I’ve just grown too used to it but I expect it to be a common courtesy in all food establishments to offer the option of wholemeal, or at least brown bread but we weren’t so that’s something you might need to be aware of.
All in all, we were there to taste and our taste buds were most definitely treated well to delicious food. The fact that it was accompanied by a nice ambience as well as excellent, friendly service was a huge bonus. Ultimately, the million-ringgit question remains, would I ever go back again? And I can honestly say I would, so if you ever find yourself craving for brunch in Manchester, I’d recommend considering Neighbourhood’s newly launched menu. Check out their website here.
Please note that even though the entire meal was provided by Neighbourhood, all views are mine, and mine only… and you can always count on me to be that lovable assh*le who gives you an honest review. 😉