Damson MediaCityUK is a new restaurant situated right at the heart of the new BBC Headquarters at MediaCity: Set on a first floor above another eatery, Damson has magnificent views of the MediaCity area, The Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry. It’s a really well laid out space that oozes style and sophistication, right from the plush carpet to the reassuringly expensive menus. The wall cabinets are stocked to the brim with a huge array of different wines, ranging in price from reasonable to wow. I’d been waiting for Damson to open for quite a while as a friend of mine works as a chef there and I’d been hearing for months all about this wonderful new restaurant that was due to open in Jan 2013. Now that I’ve visited and had a three course meal there, I can hand on heart say that it was well worth the wait.
The decor was stylish yet warm and welcoming, the staff were attentive yet not in your face and the food was simply superb.
My friend and I opted for the set menu of three courses for £18.95, which seemed an absolute steal (a two course option is also available for £15.95). The set menu is available 1200 – 1430 Tuesday to Thursday, 17:30 – 18:30 Friday & 12:00-17:00 Saturday (limited period) and 1200 – 1700 on Sundays. The A la Carte menu is mouth-wateringly extensive with mains costing about £19.95 – the review for that one will happen at some point (I hope).
Before our food came out, we were presented with some bread to start – who doesn’t like bread?? Great little opener carefully plated on a slate ‘plate’. For my starter I had seared home cured salmon, Mr Ashcrofts beetroots, spiced cauliflower fritters & creamed horseradish. Now, I don’t know who Mr Ashcroft is but I would very much like to shake his hand as they were lovely. Perhaps I should explain, I have never liked beetroot in fact I’d go as far as to say I hate them, but these? These beets were great and they weren’t even the best part of the starter. The salmon was well cooked and wonderfully complimented by the spiced cauliflower and rocket.
I opted for the roasted breast of guinea fowl, fondant potato, seasonal greens, ginger and lime sauce for my main course and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve since learnt that my friend actually cooked this and if she’s reading this article, then I’d like to make it publicly known that she can cook for me any time she likes. I’ve never had guinea fowl or fondant potato before and both of those things were really, really good- the flavours complimented each other perfectly. The ginger and lime sauce was a real treat and worked well with the wine. I went for the mocha brulee with a hazelnut and chocolate biscotti for desert, breaking the brulee with my spoon made a very satisfying crack and the desert itself was velvety and rich. The only thing that wasn’t quite right was that the biscotti was a tad bread-like, don’t get me wrong – it was lovely, it just wasn’t brittle enough for biscotti. If you’re looking for an up and coming restaurant in a cutting-edge part of Greater Manchester, then you should definitely book yourself a table at Damson MediaCity. It’s just opposite the tram stop so is very easily accessible from the city centre and is well worth a visit.
I don’t work for Damson and I wasn’t paid or asked to write this article but I would like to say thanks to one of the owners, Steve Pilling, who offered me a ‘two for one’ deal. I had a meal of excellent quality at a paupers price – thanks so much, I hope to be back to try the A la Carter menu one day. Damson MediaCity is open for lunch Monday to Saturday 1200 – 1430, Dinner Monday to Thursday 1700-2130, Dinner Friday – Saturday 1700-2200 and Sundays 1200-1700. To keep in touch with Damson, why not follow them on twitter: @DamsonMediaCity