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    Wednesday, 17 June 2015


    Tom and I were supposed to spend our Friday night watching Fleetwood Mac in Manchester. We'd bought the tickets back in November and waited months planning our little weekend away, only for Fleetwood to cancel the gig about five hours before it was due to start - BUT rather than letting that put a dampner on our trip, it allowed us to discover a new favourite restaurant, Neighbourhood. 
    You can find Neighbourhood in the trendy Spinningfields area of Manchester, just along from Aidan Byrne's Manchester House. Our waitress explained to us that Neighbourhood styles itself on Manhattan eateries and the menu is designed to either be shared 'tapas' style or you can opt for your own main dish.

    We decided to share a few starters but chose our own main courses in an attempt to cover as much of the menu as possible. Whilst deciding on our plan of attack, we ordered a round of drinks and some bread, which comes with the most amazing caramalised onion butter to get us started...
    First up we went for the Mini Wagyu Burgers (£15 for 3), which were incredible. Each bite was packed with flavour and the beef had a beautiful melt-in-the-mouth texture..
    Followed by Lobster Tacos (£12 for 3). Again these were another star dish. The lobster pieces were generous and meaty - lightly battered and served alongside a sweet ketchup and crunchy slaw.
    Tom's favourite starter was the Chorizo Croquettes (£6.50 for 3) served with sun blushed tomato salsa and charred padron pepper. Did you know that around 1 in 10 of these babies is incredibly hot...
    For the main course I ordered the national park lamb (£23) which was served with shallot, buttered samphire, tomato concasse & pine nuts. Slightly on the fatty side but delicious in taste and cooked exactly how I like it. I also loved the use of samphire, it adds such a fresh, crunchy texture to the dish.
    Tom went for the 10oz Rib Eye Steak (£21) which was cooked medium as requested, just slightly too salty, and we shared a portion of 'Neighbourhood' fries and wilted spinach.

    Now let's talk puddings - because you're going to want to save a little bit of room for those. Neighbourhood have an amazing choice of sharing desserts which are perfect if you don't want something all to yourself. We went for the Ice Cream Cones (£10) - a selection of sorbets and ice creams served up in waffle cones for us to share. My favourite was the lemon/lime sorbet, deliciously sour and served with a cherry on top!
    The Avenue North, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BT

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