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Food and Drink Round-up 13/10/2011

Openings, Closings, Cakes, Zouk, Confidential’s Guest Food Editor And Boob Problems

Published on October 12th 2011.

Food and Drink Round-up 13/10/2011

Openings. Lots of openings.
Happy news. A raft of openings. Upmarket London eatery Aubaine is taking over Selfridges' second floor restaurant; Salvi's Mozzarella Bar is looking to open in The Triangle; secret supper club Spice Club is popping up in a temporary structure in Spinningfields;  Bakerie has its official opening in The Hive this week. 

Bakerie More
Bakerie looks the most interesting of these. It’s a bread and wine bar serving creative (sic) wines, traditional ales, freshly baked bread and decorative oil and balsamic dips, plus more hearty dishes. There will be 'communal benches and an uber cool playlist’ with an ever changing wall of media art. There will also be a child friendly menu. 

An Outlet closes
An Outlet, the coffee shop on Dale Street, has closed its doors. The owners and investors, Martin Stockley and Warren Bramley, who run businesses in the same Carvers Warehouse building on Dale Street did not respond when Confidential called, but a statement on the front doors and the venue's website said there was 'no grand collapse (all bills paid' and that it had simply 'run its course.' There was one slightly catty aside, however, thanking 'neighbours who complained about the noise and ensured we couldn't hold the type of events we really wanted to (complaining at 10pm on a Saturday night, really?)' We quite liked An Outlet. It was a cute place but perhaps too far out and too small to ever really make any money. In its previous incarnation, it was Love Saves The Day. That went bust. Surely proof a coffee shop isn't the best fit for that particular unit?

Café Rouge shuts too
Café Rouge on Spinningfields has closed. Cafe Rouge is rubbish. Nobody cares. 

Elbow beer
On Thursday 13 October at 5.30pm at Robinson’s Pop Up Pub on the Square, in Albert Square, local boys Elbow will pour the first pints of their new ‘build a rocket boys!’ beer. The beer was developed after a series of tastings at Robinsons Brewery in Stockport. Band members sampled a range of Robinsons’ ales to shortlist their preferred style of beer, taste and colour before deciding on a golden ale with ‘a rich rounded body, smooth bitterness, subtle tang of malt and fruity aroma’. The strength is 4.0% ABV and it's a ‘session beer’, available in cask and bottle. 


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Session Beer
With reference to the above story a session beer is one that’s easy to drink and is good for a ‘session’, in other words prolonged drinking. To be honest Confidential has yet to find a beer that isn’t good for prolonged drinking. 

Boob Food And The Breasts Plate Issue: Advice For Critics
As food reviewers in Confidential we often take friends, spouses, partners, clients and random passers-by for dinner or lunch or breakfast or brunch – just generally for food. If the non-reviewing member of the party is a woman then the phenomenon of ‘Boob Food’ or ‘Breasts Plate’ can be an awkward one. This results from taking a picture of the other person’s dish or drink at an angle from the other side of the table and thus catching the chest area but not the head of the person opposite along with their plate of food. The polite way to deal with this is to ask the lady to lean back or to re-position the plate. Then again you might wish to avoid the awkward subject and add the picture to your personal collection. At Confidential we like the Hungry Hoss food blog in but what can happen with the Breasts Plate issue is amply illustrated below in the Tai-Pan. That’s the end of Public Announcement to critics. We feel the world is a better place after getting that off our chests.

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Confidential And Cakes
Editor Jonathan Schofield and Gordo went down to Tangerine PR to taste a selection of cakes prepared by the staff and sort out a winner. Invited by Sandy Lindsay, the cakes on offer displayed very quality. The event was in aid of the Purple Heart Fund charity. After much delectation and several afternoon red wines, the clear winner was Gemma Eccleston with some beautiful cupcakes – now officially called Eccleston Cakes (Gemma is the girl in the red skirt below). The secret was in the moist mix that supported the showy top half of the cake. It was all very delicately done. Sadly Gordo managed to make several smutty jokes to the mixed group of Tangerine staff - there's a pic of him in action below. Schofield, as punishment, made him eat the astonishing chocolate brownie, the only ‘problem’ amongst the cakes and the only one made by a fella. Gordo hasn’t been seen since, although a body was seen floating upside-down in the nearby canal shortly after.

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Zouk Spice

Zouk is cooking well on Chester Street close to the rapidly de-populating BBC building on Oxford Road. We popped into the restaurant and dived into a massive plate of starters between two one recent lunch. The food was magnificent. Of especial note was the haddock, a showcase of shocking redness. The fish had been toned by spices and marinations of great mystery and massive potency. There were no bum notes anywhere in the food. Yum. We need to re-review soon. 

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Manchester Confidential’s Guest Food and Drink Editor Of The Week
Confidential’s Friday correspondent Sleuth was walking through the Arndale. Outside the Yo Sushi outlet he saw a young couple.
“What about here?” the female said.
“No way,” said her companion, “It’s just a load of raw shit on a conveyor belt.”

Here are some more cake competition pictures


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

AnonymousOctober 12th 2011.

Zouk has definately progressed since it was last featured on Man Con. They now do specials, which I order everytime I go in and sitting on the terrace with a shisha does wonders for my digestion.

northernrobOctober 12th 2011.

When is a pop up not a pop up? If it pops up and nobody is around to hear it, does it still.....er....you get the drift.

LJOctober 13th 2011.

How will Elbow be pulling the first pints of their beer when you've been able to buy it in The Castle and Gas Lamp for at least a week?

RevaulxOctober 13th 2011.

Glad you like Zouk; the mother ship in Bradford is excellent also. I look forward to the review.

silkyOctober 13th 2011.

Great top shelf last picture bottum left

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AnonymousOctober 27th 2011.

Yeah, she's a right go-er, too by all accounts. Partial to pregnant ladies' husbands.

Sam Gregory is her name. Classy piece and quite the corporate ladder-climbing sociopath.

craigOctober 13th 2011.

agreed Michael, i love nice buns

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

The boob shot on the last picture is pretty good.

AnonymousOctober 27th 2011.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Can't really leave that up can we now

Manc GuyNovember 7th 2011.

So yeah...Elbow turned up, pulled a few pints and then errr....left!!! Not even a speech by the band or a Robinson's family member. Big disappointment.

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