Words & Photos: @oliverinstead
Evelyn’s is one of the coolest eating places in Manchester at the moment and after having heard so many good things about it for so long, I finally gave it a try last Sunday when we have some guests around… you know, just to see what the fuss is about…
First of all, let me quickly shout out to my friend from Elsa Eats, who is solely responsible for bringing Evelyn’s to my attention. Also, thanks to Andra from her namesake blog who I bumped into that day for reassuring us that we made the right choice with this quaint little spot and guess what, we were not disappointed!
Although not branded as “vegetarian“, it might as well have been. Meat is on serious shortage in this particular menu (not complaining tho) which sucks if you’re an avid meat-eater but nevertheless, the option is present at a premium price.
The vibe – 6.5/10
The granddad in me isn’t a big fan of the deafeningly loud music they play here, especially considering the context where I actually don’t think any music is needed. Just some background chatters would go a long way. This is very much a shame because the interior is so tastefully done that if pushed, I would’ve chosen something more relaxing and easy-listening (Norah Jones instantly springs to mind) to complement the refreshing aesthetics.
The service – 7/10
If I was to fault the service, I would very kindly point out that our drinks never came with no apologies offered. However, because I’ve spent my fair share of life as a waiter, I can be totally understanding of that. Apart from this little mishap, the staff here are friendly without coming off as overly enthusiastic so we were still allowed to enjoy our brunch in peace.
The food – 9/10
Despite the uninvited coriander in my bowlful of healthy deliciousness, my “green bowl” is packed full of well-cooked ingredients, including kale, lentils, a soft-boiled egg and a load of mixture of beans which I looooove~
The star of the show? This avocado cheesecake, yup, you read that right… The idea of dairy-free cheesecakes is not news to me as I’ve witnessed some poor Masterchef attempts but to be able to taste it was a dream.
The hint of lime and honey in the avocado comes through just ever so subtly that it works. What really pulls it all together though are the glutten-free base, which grainy consistency made of all kinds of nuts and seeds almost passes for traditional biscuit base as well as the decorative sprinkle of what I would presume is candied nuts… don’t quote me on that but whatever it is, it really brings in a much needed crunch and sweetness.
At Evelyn’s, I was a kid let loose in sweet shop – almost everything on the menu is vegetarian, or vegetarian-adaptable at the very least. Although I’d hate to take anything away from the team, I’m compelled to say that the food is absolutely their best asset and since that was the allurement that got us through the door in the first place, I can say I left satisfied.
So if you ever find yourself in Manchester for the weekend, forget the complimentary continental breakfast at your hotel, just pop into Evelyn’s and grab yourself a brunch to kick-start your day… but make sure you book a table in advantage to avoid disappointment, because you’ve been warned. 😉
To find out more about Evelyn’s or make a booking, check out their website here.