I was up in Manchester staying at the Copthorne Hotel on Salford Quay and went for dinner in the restaurant, finding it was closed, no reason given, but food was being served in the bar area.
I decided to have the mackerel pate, however it wasn’t available. So I went with the soup of the day. Today it was tomato.
I had expected to get cream of tomato soup, like you get out of a Heinz can, but what I actually got was a really nice fresh tasting tomato soup. It was rather good. It came with some toast, I think toasted white bread is okay when cooking soup at home, but in a restaurant setting I think I would like to have seen some toasted sourdough or ciabatta.
Though I hadn’t finished my soup, my main course arrived. So I quickly finished my soup and was about to start my main course, when I realised I had no cutlery. So it was back to the bar to get a knife and fork.
I had ordered Steak Frites. This was steak with garlic butter, fries, a parmesan and rocket salad.
In a previous visit to the Copthorne Hotel on Salford Quay I had ordered Steak Frites and I wrote this.
Well, yes it was a sirloin steak, yes it was served with herb garlic butter (and it was quite garlicky), yes there was some rocket. However those were not fries, they were chips! Okay maybe being a little petty, but the menu describes the fish and chips as coming with chips, the steak and ale pie talks about being served with chips, but when I see a menu say it is served with fries, I do expect to get fries.
Well at least I got fries this time…
The rocket and parmesan was nice and would be something that I would try and make myself.
Alas unlike my previous visit, the steak was rather disappointing.
The steak was unseasoned and had very little flavour, the garlic butter was missing. It was still cooked medium-rare as requested. I decided that I would add some salt, and I literally never add salt to my food when eating. However there was no salt on the table, so I had to go back to the bar and ask for salt.
Overall I liked the soup, I was pleased with the fries, but was disappointed with the steak.