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One Ten Restaurant

Debbie Phillips, the gaffer of One Ten Restaurant has finally enticed Gordo to come and try out her restaurant. She believes that she has a real diamond cooking in her kitchen.

Written by . Published on November 12th 2006.

One Ten Restaurant

Casinos have become easier to enter. This is something to do with the gaming act, you simply have to present yourself at the front door with picture ID, and two minutes later, hey presto, you are a member and you can enter paradise. A couple of the ones in Manchester have decided to offer a dining experience as well. And, they are spending a few quid on them.

One of the more interesting of these is One Ten, the restaurant in The Circus Casino (not to be mistaken for the Circus Tavern where Gordo goes for a decent pint of Tetleys). Debbie Phillips, a wonderful lady and the gaffer of the venue, has been enticing Gordo for some weeks now to try out her restaurant. She believes that she has a real diamond cooking in her kitchen. James Lunham is the name, a youngster, good looking and when ‘on the tools’ is building a reputation as a solid chef.

The restaurant has a nice, clubby feel to it. Atmosphere is added by the fact that you are in earshot of the gaming; there is also a room that can be used as a private dining area as well. The tables for four are a little cramped presently, but Debbie tells Gordo that she is changing them to larger, round tables which will be an improvement. Lots of crisp linen with attentive service. You don’t have to do the windmill to get a waitress’s attention here.

Gordo’s colleague on the MEN said that the process of getting membership is time consuming. Rarely, Gordo doesn’t agree with him, it took Gordo about one minute thirty seconds. If you come in a car, park outside and ask for valet service. One of the huge benefits is that the guys on the door will park your vehicle in a secure car park and you don’t have to pay! Pretty cool if you ask Gordo, but he was on foot the night he went as he lives around the corner.

The meal started on an extremely high point with a warm pan fried fois gras salad. Of a very high standard, the team working well. Tasty is a word that Gordo doesn’t like to use for all sorts of reasons. But it was exactly that. Tasty. Really tasty in fact. Bloody fantastic. First signs good. James has taken this off the menu since, but looking at the new menu, click here if you want to see the full thing, Gordo can see a couple of things he would like to try. Including the Sauté King Prawns in a Chilli & Coriander butter and Lemon zested Salsa (£5.95) and the Sauté Black Pudding, Pancetta and Oyster Mushrooms on a Crostini with Garlic & Chive dressing (£4.95). Notice the prices here folks. They are great value, but this doesn’t mean that they skimp on portions or quality; James is keen on local producers. They deliberately keep the prices low to entice you in. It’s then up to you as to whether or not you are going to do some gaming.

Main courses are good looking, Sliced Gressingham Duck Breast, Braised Red Cabbage with Thyme & Orange Marmalade (£13.95) is recommended, Gordo’s Fillet of Beef on a Potato Rosti with Dijon mustard & Tarragon sauce and Crispy Leeks (£16.95) was great, though he asked for it blue. Chefs in Manchester don’t believe just how blue Gordo wants it, so it arrived very rare. Good for most probably, but Gordo is going to put his whites on next time and cook his own. James can do the saucing though, he is better than Gordo at that for sure!

James’ chips are officially the best in town. However, the daft bugger has removed these and replaced them with sweet potato chips, Gordo hasn’t tried these. If you go, and want ordinary chips, ask. James will get the needle at Gordo, but bugger him. In the nicest possible way. At twenty four he is one of the youngest head chefs in the country, and has a great future but bully him while you still can.

Puddings. Eton Mess (£4.50) was a belter. Weirdly, second time Gordo has had this in the last six weeks, both times better than ever before. Caramelized Apple Tart Tatin with Minted Clotted cream £4.75, is a belter.

Whilst James sometimes comes up with things like a potato rosti which was really a potato cake with the beef (we need crunchy here, not mushy) all in all this is a lad worth supporting. Some people may not like the close proximity to the gaming floor, Gordo frankly isn’t concerned, he had an enjoyable meal. Lots of improving no doubt but this is a good alternative to its competitors.

Wine, by the way, is a real bargain, have a look. Debbie won’t admit to it, but it is definitely marked down to encourage new diners. A Red, Rioja Campo Viejo Crianza at £13.95 is outstanding value.


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