REVIEW | Mughli, Knutsford

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I’ve always had a tendency to have eyes bigger than my belly. I used to admire those who could be “sensible” and just order or eat enough to satisfy them, without going overboard.

But there is also something so brilliant about feasting, isn’t there?

Every once in a while just saying “sod it” and ordering whatever it is you want from the menu, and lots of it.

Mughli in Knutsford is a place you can do that. On my last visit there, almost 4 years ago, it was nothing like it’s cooler, more streetwise, Rusholme-older brother. The curry-mile flagship restaurant has a much more laid back vibe, full of quirky Indian interiors and home to their famous ‘charcoal pits’.

In Knutsford however, they have a more contemporary vibe. Clean white lines, neon strip lighting. But I noticed something different, the menu had gotten a little… edgier.

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They seemed to have switched things up a bit, and I don’t just mean the techno house playlist. Since my last visit, they’ve introduced dishes from their Rusholme charcoal pits; small plates and more tandoori goodness. To differentiate themselves from the other Indians in town, perhaps. A great move, I say.

I was gutted to learn their Alderley Edge restaurant Railway Kitchen had to close down later last year. I guess the rents were too high and it was only a small space so perhaps not worth the investment, but it was one of my favourite places to eat in Cheshire. But, I was happy to see some of their dishes on the menu at Mughli. It was time to decide what to eat…

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At the bar, we were greeted and decided to stay there for a drink before we sat down.

I ordered first, a g&t, it was a lovely drink, but I’d finished it before the last in our group of six got served. Do I drink fast? Or was the barman really slow? Either way, I’m glad we saved the initial ‘cheers’ for the table, otherwise that would have been awkward… 😉

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The lads (who frequently go to Rusholme) raved about the mixed grill starter from the charcoal pit menu. Literally for weeks. “It’s unreal,” they said. So much so, that one of them once had it for his starter and then again for his main (crazy person alert) so, us girls thought “why not.”

So between six of us, we shared two large mixed grills and the lamb samosas. We almost instantly agreed with the lads. It was amazing! Lamb chops, chicken tikka, lamb koftas, all charred and grilled to juicy to perfection piled onto a naan bread and topped with crispy red cabbage. Heavenly. The spicy lamb koftas were my fave and the samosas were really great too. And the naan bread that’s soaked in all the meat juices? SO DAMN GOOD! 🚀🚀🚀🚀

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I do need to say at this point, however, that the service was so lacking. It wasn’t ‘bad’ but it was not at all great. We had to ask for clean plates between courses, ask for drinks orders to be taken, and even for empty glasses to be removed from the table to make room for the scran. I think it was more so a lack of confidence from the waiting on team. Perhaps they were new. But we did, all, notice it, unfortunately!

Following the mighty mixed grill starter, I’d ordered the Goan fish curry and a buttered roti. The portion was generous, the flavours were fragrant and full and the fish was juicy and well cooked.

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The curry was delicious; but next time, I’m going to go full small plates mode. After all, that is my favourite way to dine; eating lots of small dishes and maximising the number of flavors-tried and variety!

There are some great sounding dishes on that section of the menu; I can’t wait to go back and try some more. Ginger-spiced squid, Keralan fried chicken, gunpowder fries and a tamarind & lime salad? Yes, please 😋🙌🏻

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REVIEW | Vegan Mexican food Manchester: Los Antojitos

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I dunno if you noticed, but I love Mexican food. On my travels in Southeast Asia, I was lucky enough to spend a considerable amount of time with my Mexican friend, Edgar. He told me all about what Mexicans eat. And crucially, what they don’t eat, and interestingly, the difference between ‘Tex-Mex’ and ‘Mexicali’ variations of their original, authentic food.

It’s a compliment however, when the people of Texas and California copy the flavours of Mexico and invent their own dishes. Like crispy fish tacos and burritos. But recently I went to try some vegan Mexican food in Manchester (Chorlton-cum-hardy)! Here’s what I thought… Continue reading “REVIEW | Vegan Mexican food Manchester: Los Antojitos”

Enzo | Pizza for Breakfast in Manchester City Centre

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Enzo, Manchester, 20 Fountain Street, M2 2AA.

Last weekend I joined some other bloggers for brunch at Enzo in Manchester’s city centre. This place is an absolute (kind of hidden) gem. It’s literally just off Market Street, behind Primark, which makes it the perfect stop off for breakfast, lunch or dinner if you’re hitting the shops. Their coffee is lush too, I had my usual soy flat white and it was perfect. But it was the brunch menu that really had me intrigued! Continue reading “Enzo | Pizza for Breakfast in Manchester City Centre”

Review | The Inn, South Stainley, Yorkshire

There’s the little place up north, nestled in between Harrogate and Ripon, called South Stainley. No, I’d never heard of it either, but I guess I wouldn’t have, as I don’t venture north of Manchester very often.

There are lots of fields and greenery and cosy, country pubs and inns. There’s wildlife and great scenery and did I mention, lots of lovely pubs?

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Eating in your PJs with M&S Food

Who’s staying in tonight? I have become a little bit of a hermit. It might be to do with my 30-day detox. Or just the plain and simple fact that it’s FREAKING FREEZING OUTDOORS. And, I have a cold.

It’s also the height of Autumn, approaching Winter. So for me, this is ‘staying in’ season.

For a single girl, cooking for one is often a bit of a faff. Even when you are a foodie. Freelancing from home means I often work 9+ hour days to fit everything in, so sometimes I just want an excellent meal, made for me, that I can eat in the comfort of my own home. In my favourite PJs. Is that too much to ask? Am I being unreasonable?

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Northenden Hive Creates a Buzz in South Manchester

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Hey guys, I’ve got something a little different for you this week. A guest post from my good friend James, a food-loving aspiring writer from Manchester. I met James on my travels earlier this year, in Goa, where we shared some fab travel experiences including eating alllll the amazing Indian food! But today James is taking over my blog to tell you all about Manchester’s latest foodie pop-up, and it sounds absolutely delicious! 😋

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The Boundary Bar, Stockport

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I recently dined at this cute little eatery on Didsbury Road, Stockport. The decor, drinks selection and menu were all lovely. Here’s what I thought of the food, drinks and service 😋 Continue reading “The Boundary Bar, Stockport”

Sky High Tea With Roberts Bakery #EmbraceTheNew

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Well, that was an experience.

High tea 100ft high in the sky. Elevated above the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Accompanied by no less than the typical Manchester weather… Peeing down with rain. BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP US! Nope. Up we went, and you know what… It was ACE! Continue reading “Sky High Tea With Roberts Bakery #EmbraceTheNew”

Spooky late-night eats at Cottonopolis, Manchester

Trick or treat? A bit of both, really.

Last week I went to a very Secret Supper at Cottonopolis in the Northern Quarter. Have you eaten here yet? Their food is fantastic and they know how to put on a good show too…

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Food and Wine in Valletta, Malta

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This tiny, old town is Malta’s capital. But there is nothing about it that implies capital city. It’s quaint, quiet and very Instagrammable, which is no surprise, as it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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