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Food and Drink Round-up 21/10/10

Keko rules, OpusOne gets a view, Kro toasts, Partridge, Leeds Carlo-ed

Published on October 21st 2010.

Food and Drink Round-up 21/10/10

Keko Rulo Worldo
Keko Moku at 100 High Street in the Northern Quarter (0161 832 4529), the tiki cocktail bar, has beaten off competition from across the country and won best 'Good Time Bar' at the Class Bar industry awards. Even better it then went on to win the overall ‘Best Bar of the Year’ award. The event took place at Shoreditch Town Hall. Well done to Keko Moku. As owner Beau Myers says, “we're proud as rum punch”. If you’ve not been for a visit for a while get yourself down there.

Luso lovely
Luso (63 Bridge Street, City, M3 3BQ. 0161 839 5550) sent round to the office an unbelievable smorgasbord of beautiful food from the world Portuguese menu i.e. from the lands of the defunct Portuguese empire. There was fish including truly delightful whitebait, tripe, Goan curries, meat dishes, dips, kebabs, rice, salads, cold collations and warm collations. It was all gone in a minute: Confidential staff attacked the spread like religious piranhas coming out of Lent. Beautiful though. They’d sent us this because our Heroes have been using their 25% discount cards loads and loads.

And a Partridge in a Museum...tree
Neil Sowerby, our travel editor and wine writer, was en route to doing a wine masterclass with Jane Dowler from Deansgate restaurant Evuna recently. This is what happened beforehand: “I fell into Mulligans with Robert Owen Brown, chef of the Mark Addy, who was packing game. He gave me the pick of his feathered tray of beasts left over from his MFDF Albert Square demo. I chose a red-legged partridge, which I brandished to a worried audience (especially veggie Jane) during our class at the People's History Museum. I used it to illustrate how in La Mancha gazpacho doesn't mean a cold tomato mush but a thick game stew featuring tortillas.” How very serendipitous. How very Quixotic of Sowerby.

Santa Game
By the way Robert Owen Brown has become Santa Game. Bump into him in town and he’ll always be ready to pass you a partridge or a pheasant from his bulging sack of game. “To do all this,” he told Confidential, “I had to queue up at the post office in Spring Gardens. Everybody else was there for driving licences and all the usual post office stuff. I got some funny looks when I asked for a game licence. Took them a while but they found one. Bloke there said they couldn’t remember when they’d last been asked for that type of thing.”

T.G.I wins
Two Manchester locals triumphed at the UK Grand Final of the T.G.I. Friday’s Bartender Championships, which took place in London recently. Adam Friend from T.G.I. Friday’s in Prestwich won the T.G.I. Friday’s UK Bartender Championship, whilst Adi Astley from the Trafford Centre store triumphed in the flairing category to be named T.G.I. Friday’s UK Flairing Champion. Adam and Adi competed against contenders from across the country in the final, which took place at T.G.I. Friday’s Covent Garden store.

Feedback wanted from the Industry
Here’s a things for food and booze industry types. Manchester Food and Drink Festival wants your feedback over the recent sparkling event. They say: ‘We would appreciate your thoughts, opinions and ideas to help us make next year’s foodie fest, bigger and better than anything that has gone before. Whatever your thoughts we’d love to hear them, whether they're brilliant new ideas, or Festival highlights and good points that you’d like to see again next year. We even want to hear what you thought wasn't so good, and we'd love to know how you think the Festival can improve. Contact Michael at the Food and Drink Festival here for more details.

Leeds gets a Carlo.
San Carlo is up and running in Leeds. We’ll give it a review soon. For all the many thousands of San Carlo fans out there, it’s located on smart South Parade, number 6-7, smack in the city centre. This follows the ridiculously successful openings in Liverpool and particularly in Manchester.

Pizza perfect
Speaking of San Carlo, the Manchester restaurant has been short listed for the Pizza Restaurant of the Year Award 2010. It’s one of thirty establishments which entered the competition as part of the pizza, pasta Italian Food Association’s annual awards - currently in its 21st year. Judging was based on menu choice, quality of food, ambience and friendliness. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London, Hyde Park on 11 November.

Russell Brown has taken over as the Food and Beverage Manager at The Radisson Edwardian on Peter Street. He’s told us that glamorous OpusOne, the flagship restaurant there, is opening up on one side by cutting a hole in the wall to allow a theatre kitchen to work it's magic. In other words diners will be able to watch what’s going on in the kitchen, which should add a bit of life to the space. By the way Confidential readers are soon to be offered a special three starters, three mains, three desssets menu at OpusOne.

Lime figures
The owners of Lime Bar on Salford Quays paid more than £200,000 to buy it out of administration. Joanne Vanderhook set up a new company, Eastdowns Bars, to buy the bar from Baines & Ernst after the old company, Amberley Bars, collapsed. Eastdowns paid £203,393 for the venue, including £182,000 owed to Heineken UK Ltd and £40,000 for the intellectual property and name of the bar.

Reader recommends
This from S Cleworth: 'Last week I went to the restaurant 141 in West Didsbury. It’s situated in the Fielden Campus of The Manchester College on Barlow Moor Road. Once inside the restaurant I wasn't aware that I was in a training restaurant, although a limited choice, only two starters, three mains and three desserts, the food was outstanding. It’s a set price of £15.95 for a three course meal, and it is worth every penny, I would happily pay £40 plus for the same meal in a restaurant. The restaurant itself also has amazing views of South Manchester and a nice friendly atmosphere. I can't wait to go back.” As far as we’re aware Sarah doesn’t work at the college so this is a bona fide recommendation – and a place that’s been recommended to us before.

Bar opens after closing
Varsity, that shocking shed of cheap drinks, pissed students and big screens on Oxford Street in the City Centre has closed. Hurrah. The same management is re-opening it as a bar called The Alibi on 27 October with a completely new look resembling a shed of cheap drinks, pissed students and big screens - oh and two course meals for £7.99. Boo.

KRO toasts record achievement
Manchester bar-restaurant chain KRO got busy creating a new Guinness World Record on Sunday. It toasted 9,852 slices of bread to create the ‘world’s largest toast mosaic birthday card’. The bizarre record attempt was part of the HTC Wildfire Experience which brings together virtual friends in the real world to do crazy stuff. In this case Warrington museum curator Laura Hadland, 27, created a toast mosaic, measuring 32ft8” x 42ft3” as tribute to her mother-in-law Sandra Whitfield, who was celebrating her fiftieth birthday.

Cup cakes pass Confidential test
Jellytots and Dollymixtures on at 185 Cross Street, Sale (0161 637 2199)has sent us some cup cakes. They’ve sent us some Goddamn cup cakes. Aaargh...... Just a minute these are beautiful cup cakes. They are light, they are fluffy of base, with a luscious buttercreamy top. These are good cupcakes. They were sent by One Marketing Communications as part of a charity gig called CALL (www.canceraid.co.uk) to help continue to fund its work with people affected by cancer across Greater Manchester. Lovely cup cakes those ones folks.

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AnonymousOctober 21st 2010.

I think Luso does the lunch-box take away (mon-sat?), with very modest tariff, as in the picture. yes, very delicious indeed.

AnonymousOctober 21st 2010.

ROB's demo in MFDF on Sunday was cancelled, as he could not make it because of the bad traffic. It was really shame.

+1October 21st 2010.

Is it me or did anybody else read the Opus headline as "Hopeless One"?

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