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Obsidian's 'orgasmic' menu

Great food in a great space, and no rhubarb – except in the best way

Published on May 19th 2010.


Obsidian's 'orgasmic' menu

We sent our ladies who lunch to check out our Strictly Confidential dinner at Obsidian.

The swish basement area under the handsome Arora Hotel opposite Manchester Art Gallery is just up their street. It has good looks designed in, consistently high standard food and carefully managed staff which results in top service.

We like so we asked for a menu to be put together. Chef Bryn Evans has really come up trumps for us too. The ladies cooed over the grub.

Pan Fried Organic Irish Trout

Of the starter of potato and spinach soup with Loch Fyne oyster fritter they said, “smooth and creamy with an almost whipped frothy consistency which contrasts with the crunchy fritter and jersey royal potato. Gorgeous.” Meanwhile the pan fried organic Irish trout, dorset crab, horseradish and orange was a “sharply flavoured dish lush with whipped horseradish, tangy with capers and lemons and with great flesh too.” Finally with the starters the potted duck and foie gras was “indulgent, rich, ripe with quince, radish, pea puree and shiso cress.”

Potato & Spinich SoupYorkshire Rare Breed Pork Belly

The mains come in threes too. The Yorkshire rare breed pork belly, onion purée, apple brandy “was divine, a mouth-watering matching of cracklingtastic meat with accompanying prunes, diced apple and carrots caramel.” The Roasted Cornish John Dory with crispy courgette, basil and Morecambe Bay shrimp was full of flavours set off by the “salty naughtiness of the shrimps as cooked in brown butter.”

Manchester TartFor vegetarians there's layered pasta, english vegetables, roast garlic, herbs, which is an “original take on lasagne but much more robust and satisfying”. Finally for mains there's a poached Lancashire chicken, consommé, artichokes and roast garlic which for a chicken dish is superb with “melt in mouth flesh, fresh spring veg, spinach and parmesan hiding underneath.”Roasted Cornish John DoryThe puddings match heartiness with finesse. The Yorkshire rhubarb, ginger cream and white chocolate got one of the ladies excited – inappropriately so. “It was to die for. It was an orgasm on a plate - luscious rhubarb panacotta, white choc and rhubarb puree, poached rhubarb, sorbet, jelly, rhubarb crumble with ginger base – wow.” All things RhubarbFrankly we're not sure about the phrase 'orgasm on a plate', still it clearly let's us know what she thinks. And she is like that. Food can be part of replacement therapy apparently. Layered PastaThere's also a fabulous cheese board and a classic Manchester tart with vanilla ice cream but we're running out of space and we feel a little tired after the rhubarb description.Put simply though, we're pleased about this one. Give it a go, and get yourself a blast of fine cooking with big flavours in a great space. Click here for more details.

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