Well I have had an absolutely lovely weekend this past weekend. It started with dinner (tea if you’re Northern) and wine at my friend’s Miss S’ house on Friday night, followed by a trip to the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday (I got tickets for both days from a lovely chap on eBay). J accompanied me to the Saturday and my parents and I went for the Sunday afternoon show. I am compiling the photos currently as I took rather a lot. I tend to marvel at people’s sugarcrafting efforts as I am wildly inexperienced at such things.
Anyway, J being the highly attentive and lovely boyfriend that he is, offered to take me out after the show for my tea. We walked up the high street in Didsbury near where he loves weighing up the options. Then I spotted the Mud Crab Cafe and suggested having a look at the menu. It looked interesting so we decided to give it a go. It was lively, but not crowded and we chose to sit in a booth in the back room of the restaurant (there’s something I love about sitting in booths of places, its my favourite place to sit if I can’t sit outdoors).
The staff were all absolutely lovely and we were told we could eat off the 2 courses for £12 earlybird menu despite us only arriving at 6.55 and the deal finishing at 7.00. We both chose to order from this menu and the ordered dessert.
As we both love dips and things we both chose the Middle Eastern Taster Plate to start. J hates olives so I got a double oliver portion and felt like one of life’s winners for a few minutes. This starter was really tasty, I particularly loved the aubergine dip, which was perfectly balanced in flavours and the texture was good.
I think we missed a trick by not having a skewer sword fight at the table
To follow I chose a chargrilled onglet steak with green salad; you could order it with fries but I wanted to save room for pudding. The steak was served with a lovely garlic butter. We all know from previous posts what a butter fan I am. The steak was lovely and juicy and blackened on the outside and the salad dressing was tasty. A wonderful way to keep steak as a lighter meal.
I don’t know how many times I blog about steak but I would guess it’s more than average?
J chose sea bass jambalaya for his main course. The sea bass was nicely cooked and overall it was a tasty meal, but we both couldn’t help thinking it might have needed to be cooked with a tiny bit more stock. That might just be personal preference and on the whole he really enjoyed it.
I love that it was served in a little pan
We both chose to have a pudding in this place. Now if anybody affiliated with Mud Crab Cafe happened to read this I sincerely hope you feel even a tiny bit flattered. J is a really keen cyclist and eats really healthily and rarely gets dessert when we go out at the moment. However, the menu included Baked Alaska which is his absolute favourite and he has not disappointed. The meringue was light and fluffy and he wolfed it down with exclamations of joy.
I tried to get j to cut into this so you could see the layers but I think it may be hard (I didn’t want to make him wait too long)
I decided to try some of the weird and wonderful ice cream flavours. I tried Blackpool rock ice cream. The waiter (I should have asked his name for the purpose of this I think) told me that it tasted exactly like the pink Blackpool rock. He wasn’t lying and it wasn’t just a hint of the flavour, you really could taste the rock! It reminded me of being at the seaside. I also had Hokey Pokey ice cream with bits of cinder toffee ice cream. It was nice and i liked it lots, but the rock ice cream was so amazing I keep enthusing about it.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
To anybody visiting or living in the South Manchester area I would highly recommend a trip here. It was a great place to eat with a really chilled out atmosphere; friendly, welcoming staff; great food and a cool decor.
You can find out more about the Mud Crab Cafe here and here. They also have restaurants in Sheffield and Manchester.