Michael Caines at ABode Manchester

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107 Piccadilly, Manchester, United Kingdom
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Michael Caines @ Abode Oct 25, 2010
Michael Caines at Abode is probably the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. Given

that I have no immediate plans to head off to The Fat Duck, let alone El Bulli,

that might well stay the case for a long time.

We went there for my fiancée’s birthday. It is definitely a place you only go

for very occasional treats. Although there are excellent deals at lunchtime and

in the early evening, excellent deal here means £21 ish for two courses. We

went for the full a la carte thing and spent – well – a price I more usually

associate with an entire short weekend somewhere in the more affordable reaches

of Europe. A price that would easily cover three new pairs of shoes. A price,

dear readers, that I am too ashamed of spending on anything to write down here.

But my, it was worth it. I had a started that included three little pork

related dishes; a ham soup (with a cheese foam on top), a little pork patty

thing, and some cold pressed ham. I’ve never eaten food with a foam before. I

associated it with pretentious nonsense, Heston Bumenthal, and places I would be

too intimidated to eat. And I assumed it wouldn’t be nice. I was so wrong.

Cheese foam is fantastic on top of mini ham soups. The dish was perfect. Then

I had pheasant, which was lovely and perfectly cooked and seasoned, and only

made slightly less perfect by the fact that my fiancee’s monkfish was so

incredibly, unbelievably good that I wished I’d had it instead. And the dessert

– well, it was incredible. Another selection of three little things, in this

case caramel parfait, chocolate mousse with a caramel crisp, and a sort of smear

of biscuit like stuff embedded in chocolate. And Iain’s orange sorbet was the

sharpest, most perfect sorbet I have ever had and I was very glad he doesn’t

like oranges much, because I got to eat it. Unfortunately, he did like the

chocolate mousse!

The wine was lovely too. The staff managed to be very knowledgeable and helpful

about choosing wine and whether to have pheasant medium rare or not, without

feeling like they were looking down on us, which is by no means universal in

very good restaurants. The service was, in fact, also perfect; friendly and

prompt, without interrupting your meal at all.

The restaurant itself has a reasonably relaxed feel, with nice, contemporary

décor, and although I wouldn’t wander in my scruffy clothes there was no sense

that you’d be underdressed in smart, normal clothes either.

I will definitely go back again, at some point. It just might take saving up a

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