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Dirty Disco Pop and Lounge 10

O'Callaghan thought where better to begin a pilgrimage of sleazy glamour courtesy of Goldfrapp, then at Lounge Ten...

Published on April 24th 2006.

Dirty Disco Pop and Lounge 10

And so it was by all accounts a low-key return to the office, dusting off the excess of an Easter weekend, until that fateful text from Gordo which read something like…"It’s all over," (with the skinny 30-something blonde Gordo had last been seen trying to impress in a Bentley outside the Cocoa Rooms), "fancy coming to the Goldfrapp gig?"

Humouring Gordo (who is old enough to be her grandfather), O'Callaghan thought this all sounded like a great way to spend a Tuesday evening. And so it was that with the (empty) promise of a spare ticket to the most sought after gig of the day, that the deal was sealed.

O'Callaghan thought where better to begin a pilgrimage of sleazy glamour courtesy of Goldfrapp, then at Lounge Ten, that unassuming stone-clad institution tucked down a winding side-street of Manchester. Their ludicrously over-sized plant pots at the entrance belie the frivolity that lurks within.

Moments later, O'Callaghan found herself unceremoniously dumped by Gordo when the Manchester Confidential impresario, Mark Garner failed to get her on the guest list.

Undeterred, O'Callaghan made a few quick calls and managed a gravity-defying four tickets to the gig within the space of seven minutes. A defeated Gordo wondering how on earth he was going to recover from having, not only the carpet ripped from under him, but caught with his pants fixed firmly round his failed ankles, scuttled into the shadows of the Ritz.

Meanwhile, entering the dark, cavernous bar that is Lounge Ten, O'Callaghan and guest were greeted by one of the cities finest maitre d's sporting an OTT costume brooch, which totally upstaged ubiquitous neighbour Vivienne Westwood.

By the time the scallops arrived (two glasses of rose champagne, an excellent bottle of '95 Rioja and two glasses of sauternes later) O'Callaghan and guest were well on the way.

Thinking that 'spot the difference' on our respective menus was part of the entertainment for the evening, we were marginally disappointed to find that our selected starter was in transit between the old and new menus. In the end, the seared scallops proved to be a worthy newcomer as did Frank, the trumpet player and wannabe Sinatra crooner who serenaded us throughout the meal.

Two excellent main courses followed, the rack of lamb (which, from memory is no longer on the menu but has been replaced with an equally appetizing alternative) proving the clear winner when accompanied by the feisty Faustino V Reserva.

Another debutante, the chocolate tart with white chocolate ice-cream, was quite literally the icing on the cake and the rest of the evening is, as they say, history.

So why go to Lounge Ten? Great food, great wine list, impeccable service, a Salford-born magician and a clairvoyant from Moston in the toilets.

But the burning question remains; has Gordo just met his match? The gauntlet has been laid…

Esther O' Callaghen

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