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Moose Reviewed

Jonathan Schofield fills himself to the brim on Fountain Street

Written by . Published on September 17th 2013.

Moose Reviewed

I CAN'T WRITE this yet. My mouth's full and I feel it is rude to masticate while applying fingers to keyboards.

Not that I can type either. Not really.

I'm so heavy with food my arms can't reach past my belly. I fear there's a moose loose about my bodily hoose. 

So give me a minute.

They were North American and worked in nearby offices. I learnt this by blatantly eavesdropping right until the moment one of the women told me to take my ear out of her egg.

Anyway the moose is Moose and a Liverpool invader. This tiny empire already has outlets in Liverpool city centre and the Scouse Cheadle Hulme, aka Crosby. 

It's now moved east and occupied a fine and prominent Manchester position at the corner of Fountain Street and York Street. This is perfect nip in and chow down site for lawyers, accountants, suited types and lost people from Primark.

Moose exterior


Moose exterior

Or rather chow up.  

The menu is as Americana as any burger bar fadtastic pulled pork venture that's opened in the last eighteen months. This time though the emphasis is on breakfasts and brunches - twenty four of them. This is probably because Moose only opens during the day, 8am-6pm during the week, 9am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.

I had the Bronx Brunch (£8 - and one of most expensive items on the menu), potato hash 'griddled with garlic, onion and mustard mixed with chopped smoked sausage, streaky bacon, corned beef, peppers and melted cheddar'. Cresting the dish were two runny eggs; there was warm toast too. 

It was huge. You will need a guide, crampons, ice-picks and ropes just to see over the top of this baby. I swear I saw a sherpa scrapping with a mountaineer on top. 

Yet despite the slightly overfacing scale it was very good. It wasn't tasteful or elegant or pretty but then it wasn't meant to be. The individual flavours didn't dare raise their heads too much either in this American massive attack, but they mingled well enough. It was immensely enjoyable food. Hearty. The type of food that makes you sigh with anticipation if you're hungry.

Bronx belly buster

Bronx belly buster

We had a ranter on Confidential last week called Jenny Collins who complained thus: '(With) the reviews I read on this site and many others it's reaffirmed my belief that Manchester does not have a food middle ground. We seem to go from fast food and 2-4-1 chain pubs or all you can eat buffets to establishments where mains are £12 plus with overpriced drinks on top.'

Jenny's wrong on many counts, not least with all the burger bars that have opened recently.Indeed there are hundreds of places that serve between the extremes. Moose is a new one. And given the amount of food you get it's great value for money. Perfect hangover food too with all those carbohydrates. 

A pair of waffles came with maple syrup, whipped cream and an aggressive 'Jaws' strawberry savaging a severed head of a blueberry.(£5.20). It was up to the mark as well. The waffles were the right side of flabby, the complete creation sweetly satisfying. 

Waffle with blueberry under atttack

Waffle with blueberry under atttack

Moose also provides salads, burgers, sandwiches and shakes. The only disappointment is the coffee which needs bolstering. The staff said they were aware of this so let's hope it's been changed by the time this article is published. 

Moose already seems to have attracted regulars. On both occasions I visited the same two women sat next to me while I shovelled grub into my face. They were North American and worked in nearby offices. I learnt this by blatantly eavesdropping right until the moment one of the women told me to take my ear out of her egg.

They seemed to like Moose very much.Since the theme is American that would appear to be a good sign. 

Moose interior


Moose interior

The fit out of the venue is tidy and bright but could perhaps do with more colour. It features a lot of antlers and antler references - strangely enough. The staff smile, chat to you and fall over themselves to be helpful.

I like Moose and its wholehearted enthusiasm. Try it. Especially you Jenny, yes you, you'll like it if you want value for money food. 

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter @JonathSchofield or connect via Google+


Moose, 20 York St, City, M23BB. 0161 228 7994

Rating: 13/20 (remember venues are rated against the best examples of their type - see yellow box below)

Food: 6.5/10
Service: 3.5/5 
Ambience: 3/5

PLEASE NOTE: Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20, we get carried away

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22 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Mark GarnerSeptember 17th 2013.

this place is eighty meters from my apartment and I'm loving it

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MaggieSeptember 17th 2013.

Careful Gordo! I don't think i could cope with you being the extra cuddly model! (shameless cyber flirting....)

GordoOctober 7th 2013.


CptCheerfulSeptember 17th 2013.

The waffles look great!

AnonymousSeptember 17th 2013.

Went to the one in Liverpool a while ago, great waffles and bacon, will definitely give this a go. Hope the naff sticker signage doesn't put people off here in MCR because the one in L'pool looks much more inviting.

MikeSeptember 17th 2013.

I really enjoyed it :-)

SaraSeptember 17th 2013.

The pancakes with the bits of bacon and sausage in them are the stuff of dreams. Literally. I dreamt about them after the first time I had them.

AnonymousSeptember 17th 2013.

the fridge looks like it's unable to cool the drinks properly

AnonymousSeptember 17th 2013.

Who needs it. A decent brasserie would be excellent.

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AnonymousSeptember 17th 2013.

What a pointless comment. This unit has spent quite a while empty and these guys have taken a punt at it - and seem to be doing something right judging from comments above. There are already decent brasseries in the city, and plenty of other places that a potential new decent brasserie could go.

MaggieSeptember 17th 2013.

well said anon2, who needs another whinger...

Calum McGOctober 15th 2013.

Bollocks, anon (1). Had a superb and very filling brekky here two weeks ago. Fills a gap in the breakfast market in central Mcr and the place was busy on the Saturday I went. Definitely going back!

Still hungrySeptember 18th 2013.

Arriving at 15.40 I discovered it closes at 15.45 or thereabouts and has stopped serving food.

AnonymousSeptember 18th 2013.

Says on website closes at 6pm but we went during the week about 4.35 and told it closes at 5. I will try again for one of their breakfast dishes.

John KilgariffSeptember 20th 2013.

Popped in this morning or brekkie - REALLY enjoyed it - great eggs, service, ambiance & really lovely hollandiase. Proper slice of NYC breakfast grub here in manc. Thumbs up!

AnonymousSeptember 20th 2013.

average at best. service was terrible and the food bland. requested scrambled eggs but was told that they didn't do them (even though they are a component on another dish on the menu). would not recommend.

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pole dancerOctober 7th 2013.

of course they do scrambled eggs, they come on a bagel, made from four of them. Are you n another planet?

Jenny CollinsSeptember 22nd 2013.


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Jenny CollinsSeptember 22nd 2013.

I'm sure I'll get over it, now I know they are out there... I'm setting myself a challenge/project: To find places where I can spend 2-3 hours with food (1-2 courses), a couple of drinks and a coffee/tea in comfortable surrounds for a budget of £20. I hope I find them, I am sure I will have an excellent time in the process.

AnonymousOctober 7th 2013.

You want 2 courses, drinks and coffee for £20? And you want to hang around for 3 hours? Try Thailand, I hear it's cheap over there.

Mark GarnerOctober 7th 2013.

Jenny, do the math; lets say 2 and a Half hours, thats £8 an hour with your bottom sat on a seat, then the hard cost of the ingredients, then staff wages... are you after bringing slavery in?

Jonathan MoranOctober 7th 2013.

This place is actually rather good, although not visited the one in Manchester as yet.

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