Michael Caine’s in ABode Manchester

May 14, 2008 at 3:17 am 1 comment

Millefeuille banana parfait –
caramelised banana and lime coulis

Lunch was a grazing affair at Michael Caine’s in ABode Manchester with many dainty little dishes to excite your palette in different ways. The idea of a western dim sum style lunch to have as much choice as possible without over stuffing oneself was well executed here as I was thoroughly satisfied.
The marrying of Asian herbs with scallops was skilfully done and the Japanese mushrooms with sesame seaweed and bean sprouts that accompanied the fish served as a refreshing counterpoint to the strong lemongrass foam sauce.
Not that the classical European styled dishes were lacking in any quality either! The duck risotto is probably one of the best risotto I’ve ever had and I really hope it is something the chef can pull off consistently and not just an one-off on the day. Nothing much to say about the lamb as it was just classically cooked, but very flavourful and presented very elegantly.
Overall, 3.8/5 as I felt the chef was a little too enthusiastic about using foam as a novelty point in the dishes. Service was very friendly and attentive (might have to do with how only 3 tables were occupied) and the staff knew the menu well. Very enjoyable experience and I am looking forward to returning and try the set lunch menu.

Duck confit risotto –
Wild mushrooms

Pan-fried scallops –
Caramelised cauliflower purée,
sweet raisin vinaigrette and cauliflower
and cumin velouté

Best-end of Herdwick lamb
Onion and thyme purée, fondant potato
and tapenade jus
Slow poached sea bass –
Thai purée, stir-fry of mangetout,
shiitake mushrooms and bean sprouts
with lemongrass foam
Passion fruit soufflée –
vanilla bourbon ice cream
by Png

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. eatyet  |  May 15, 2008 at 3:33 am

    that banana parfait dessert looks oh so yums. –chelle


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