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Dish Of The Week: La Piazza Plaice Fillet

Lynda Moyo can’t stop eating and tweeting about her lunchtime favourite

Written by . Published on April 24th 2012.

Dish Of The Week: La Piazza Plaice Fillet

What? La Piazza’s plaice fillet with sauté potatoes and salsa Napoli £4.90

The blame: Lunchtimes in the Spinningfields area of Manchester can become a see-saw between Pret A Manger and Eat. Both may make fresh food, but considering their prices they’re often uninspiring and disappointing.

Having undergone a long-awaited refurb triggered by a change of ownership, La Piazza has been pulling in hopeful lunchtime wanderers to their Little Quay Street site next to The Old Grapes pub.

The circumstance: As much as we may try and make effort to be healthy at lunchtime, unfortunately most quick lunch options contain bread followed by more bread with a side of bread. Even the majority of salads come layered with creamy dressings in most food retail chains.

La Piazza however, is on a mission to not only make lunchtimes healthier, but keep them interesting too. As well as some off the beaten track sandwich fillers such as tuna with spicy Moroccan sharmoula (£3.30) and feta cheese with roast vegetables and Greek salsa (£2.80), their main menu also features a daily paella, jacket potatoes, soups and quiches. The specials board is where they really go to town though, with their ‘Eat. Fresh. Healthy. Original.’ Mediterranean theme. The plaice fillet immediately caught our eye.

La Piazza Plaice FilletLa Piazza Plaice Fillet

The appearance: It may look battered, but it’s actually baked. You can also choose what you’d like on the side. La Piazza always has a couple of potato dishes on the hot plate; one day we tried the fish with the recommended sauté potatoes with salad, and another we tried the potato Catalan with tomato. Both were exceptional accompaniments.

The experience: It's La Piazza, but not as you might remember it. The joint is now run by an all-male team who have pretty much rebuilt the former rundown sandwich shop from scratch. It’s now all shiny and new with staff who can’t do enough for you. You want your fish fresh out the oven? Then that’s what you’ll get, even if there’s plenty waiting in the counter.

The fish: This is a piece of fish that’s just waiting for someone to eat it, hence it just falls apart at the slightest touch of a fork. And you’ll fall apart too. As one of my colleagues confessed, having taken her last mouthful: “I do feel like crying over the fact that the fish is finished.”

Those La Piazza boys know a thing or two about seasoning and while it may look battered, it doesn’t sit in the pit of your stomach like a chip shop fish does. It’s a healthy yet filling alternative with a taste you'll still be savouring in your mouth hours later.

The consequences: I can’t stop tweeting about it. So much so, each time I visit La Piazza, there appears to be more and more customers. Not to say that’s my doing but hopefully after this review it will be. The La Piazza team certainly deserve it.

Verdict: Break the chain. Visit this independent.

Follow La Piazza on Twitter @_lapiazza to be the first to know their daily lunchtime specials.

Follow Lynda on Twitter @lyndamoyo

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

CobbydalerApril 24th 2012.

No score, so sponsored?

Jonathan Schofield - editorApril 25th 2012.

No, this wasn't a review of a venue but a dish of the week. The score is in the review's words. We paid for the food

Tanzir RashidApril 25th 2012.

brilliant place to eat, not had someting like this in the centre for a while, i'm definately going back again!

AnonymousApril 25th 2012.

Just popped in on the back of this review... I give it a mmmmm out of 10. My relationships with supermarket meal deals is OVER!

Suraj SinghApril 25th 2012.

The soup is good too! :)

Jenny CollinsApril 25th 2012.

Meat Quiche and saute potatoes... yum out of 10 !

AnonymousApril 26th 2012.

healthy healthy healthy... can't wait to try the bread-free options to please "her indoors" :)

AnonymousApril 26th 2012.

Bought from here many times, I'm in love!!
Food isn't over-priced, it's original food you can't get from anywhere else and the best part is that it's healthy and fresh food! For me, it's a win-win. Staff are lovely too. Well done boys!

Mike CarrMay 23rd 2012.

I come here on my lunch break every week great choice of homecooked food including paella, veg quiche, tortellini, stuffed chicken, oven baked plaice, lemon chicken, spanish omellette all served with a choice from potato braves, salad or rice and all for under a fiver. The food is all cooked on the premises and served straightaway so i can be in and out in 5 minutes or eat in at no extra cost. Daily specials are also on offer its the kind of food you might expect to pay double the price at less informal eateries. Great cafe.

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