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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Review | Grill On The Alley


In a bid to spend more time at home, going out for food has recently become much of a treat than it used to be. For me, there's three types of going out for food.

One, if I'm too lazy too cook.  Two, if it's a spur of the moment thing, and three, if it's planned. Our recent trip to Grill On The Alley was the third.

I went with someone I met at work about five years ago, who since became one of my best friends and someone I lived with. So it was more than just a 'in and out' job, and more of a sit down, enjoy some good food and catch up.


Grill On The Alley is one of two Blackhouse Grills in Manchester city centre, with the other, Grill On New York Street further towards Piccadilly Gardens. Just like its name, it's tucked down an alley amongst the hustle and bustle of city living. We did admittedly walk past it by accident, despite having been before - I was pretty hungry so I'm going to blame that for my misjudgement of direction.

It's a small and intimate venue which also has a seating space downstairs which I assume would be used in peak times. The interior reflects that of the menu and its offerings. You've got everything from chateaubriand to oysters and lobster to salads so it has a nod to the luxury and rich tastes, as well as catering for those with a plainer palette. Tables are dark oak, lighting soft and the atmosphere chilled.


It is a grillhouse first and foremost, so you can expect a whole lotta steaks to pick from. It's no secret that I love a steak so that's what I went for, following a shared starter of warm bread. The stater just enough to leave room for the main - the bread was delicious, especially washed down with a pornstar martini, because it's 5 o'clock somewhere right? While I'm mentioning martinis, there's was beautifully made with rich passionfruit flavours.

As for the steak, I went for the Australian Rump 280g with mash and some blue cheese sauce. And my friend went for the Roast Chicken Supreme which had some rich chorizo and served on a bed of summer greens. I did try a bit and it and it had fab flavour, as well as presented amazingly. The steak was the bigger of the Australian Rumps but I finished it all no problem, sadly sacrificing space for the rest of the mash. The sauce was a bit richer than I'm used to having my stilton sauce so I didn't finish that but I do have a plainer palette than most. The mash was creamy and and the steak perfectly cooked.



I was umming and ahhing about a dessert, already pretty full, but the staff couldn't stop recommending the Chocolate Fondant, and being a big chocolate fan, I could hardly say no... The dish takes 15 minutes to cook and when it arrives you'll see why. It's a perfect chocolate ball that upon breaking, oozes with warm chocolate sauce. Yes it's rich, so I probably should have shared one or ate it slower but it's a fab way to end any meal. And I was stuffed for hours later so I can't really complain.


In terms of pricing, for steak in particular I think it's incredibly reasonable, I usually budget between £20 and £30 if I'm eating steak, taking into consideration the cut, and this one was £21 including a side. So if steak is your thing, I'd definitely recommend.

I was invited to review the restaurant, however this does not affect my opinion when reviewing. 

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