I’ve been eager to try the brand new menu at The Living Room, which already is an excellent venue in itself. Situated between Deansgate and Spinningfields, The Living Room is becoming more and more well known, especially for its new Pornstar Martini trees.
With a gorgeous open bar, lots of high tables as well as booths, it’s a lovely place for a couple of drinks. Offering beers on draft, a wide selection of wines and lots of cocktails, you can find something to wet your whistle. The interior design reminds me of an art deco style, using a colour scheme of black, white and gold.
As we were greeted by our host Louis, who was very welcoming, friendly and happy to serve us, we were walked through the bar and into the restaurant area. It is beautiful. One side hosts almost veranda style tables, with vines atop the canopies, and fairy lights twinkling. The other side of the restaurant, where we sat, were booths around tables. Very comfortable seats, but you would feel a bit squeezed together if more than two people went for lunch.
For starters, we chose a tomato bruschetta, drizzled with balsamic oil and a mini baked cambert. The starters were very filling and tasty and could be a good meal by themselves.
The bruschetta was tasty, and the tomato topping was fresh and flavourful. The baked camembert was delicious, served with chutney and baked focaccia bread.
For my main course, I chose the truffle and hard cheese gnocchi, slow-roasted tomatoes, asparagus, spinach, pesto and toasted cashew nuts (£12.50). The dish was tasty but sadly didn’t wow me. I couldn’t taste the hard cheese or truffles, and the pesto tasted more like butter and garlic. A filling dish, but I wouldn’t choose it again.
My guest chose the beef and Stilton pie, with tender pieces of beef, root vegetables and Stilton cheese, topped with a puff pastry lid. The dish was served with buttered mash and braised red cabbage and red wine gravy (£14). Sadly, the meal wasn’t served with the red wine gravy, and it was missing it. Personally, there was too much cabbage, and not enough mash served. The pie itself was beautiful and full of delicious, juicy beef.
For dessert, I chose the Eton Mess (£6) with fresh raspberries, strawberries, crushed meringue, topped with whipped cream and raspberry coulis. Garnished with a sprig of mint and a dusting of icing sugar, the pudding was gorgous and fresh.
My guest chose the baked vanilla cheesecake (£6) on a gorgeous oaty biscuit base. The cheesecake was served with strawberries, raspberries, ice cream and a raspberry coulis. The richness of the cheesecake was enough to send me into a food coma – it was fabulous!
Verdict: Brilliant new menu (especially the desserts) – definitely the place to hang out this Spring and enjoy great food with friends.
80, Deansgate, Manchester
0161 832 0083