A Gorilla of a Hangover Cure

A little while ago, A went to Manchester for a good friend's wedding (see our prior post on cream teas and weathergirls for more on that event). The following day there was a bit of a hangover that needed dealing with, so A went out with his friend R with whom he was staying, for a Sunday brunch to get over the hangover. As R's a local and a bit of a foodie herself, we went and tried out a snazzy new bar-cum-diner-cum-gig-venue. It's in a part of town that's well known for this kind of thing: the infamous Hacienda nightclub was only a few doors down and the Ritz is just next door. However, neither the time of day nor the headache was conducive to live music, so we hit the cafe for brunch.

The place was cut from the same cloth as places that are springing up all over London: think trendy falcon enamel plates, bare wooden tables, odd chairs, asymmetric haircuts and sailor tattoos and you've got the right idea. For all its pretension however, the food was really good and it's a place A would go back to next time he's in town.

A went for eggs benedict, one of his absolute favourites (though sadly not on the menu given is vegetarian regime!). This one absolutely hit the spot: the eggs were cooked to perfection, the bacon was crispy and salty and the muffins fluffy and well toasted. It's surprisingly easy to mess this dish up (this comes from experience - C has see A exasperated at his own efforts several times) but Gorilla did it with aplomb. A also ordered a coffee, which was perfectly adequate, if not mind-blowing: it certainly did the trick in terms of helping ease the morning after the night before.

R took a slightly different tack and went for the full English. This is a pretty mean fry-up and comes with the works: bacon, fancy sausage, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs and toast all make an appearance and it's perfectly possible to further enhance your choice with a wide range of extras. The portion size was ample and according to R, each and every element of the fry-up hit the spot: proper English food after to dispel a proper English hangover.

As this is the North after all, the price tag is not quite as hefty as one is used to in London. The eggs benedict were £6 and the full English £7.50. Given that you'd easily be paying double that in London, we think this represents pretty good value.


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