Another new addition to Manchester’s dining scene – Alston Bar & Beef. Describing itself as THE best place to be for steak the city has to offer – a big statement considering the current powerhouses already dominating the steak scene – I’m talking Hawksmoor, Gaucho, Fazenda etc
Opened up within Manchester’s Corn Exchange, the restaurant is beautifully modern and contemporary, with accents of colour throughout
On first impressions – very insta!
Alston is also the first bar in Manchester to offer Cold-Compound Gins, made in-house and infused with plants foraged from around the city. Now, I personally don’t know enough about Gins to say whether this is truly impressive so here’s an INFOGRAPHIC which goes into more detail!
Unfortunately I couldn’t sample anything from the Gin menu as I’m currently 9 months pregnant, so the lovely guys behind the bar made us some amazing non-alcoholic alternatives instead. Both drinks were fruity, refreshingly tasty and beautifully presented
Perfectly cooked Scallops and well seasoned throughout. The peas were a welcomed addition but it probably didn’t need that much black pudding
The Courgette & Corn Fritters were delicious and crispy, and nicely finished off with the chilli tzatziki underneath
Prices range from mid to high for the steaks, but they are all served with a choice of chips, mash, vegetables or salad & a choice of butter or sauce
I personally don’t eat red meat so I ordered the Curry Butter Chicken, which I can best describe it like an inside out Katsu Chicken Curry.
Served with a squash saag aloo, it was delicious and packed full of flavour
As we were waiting for our food to come, I did have a quick nosey around the restaurant, and I found a lovely separate dining space – which I thought would be perfect for larger groups or private parties
The dessert menu was varied, with a lot of choice for those looking for something sweet
The Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie with Toffee Ice Cream accompanied with a side of Melted Chocolate. You can’t really go wrong with a brownie and ice cream combo – the whole thing was heavenly rich already, perhaps without the need of the melted chocolate on the side
The Rhubarb & Strawberry Sorbet Sundae was pleasantly light and refreshing with crushed meringues and shortbread throughout, but I thought the overall presentation could have been a lot better