I’m not sure how Table 10 got on our “to try” list – it doesn’t appear in any of my usual source guides or websites so it was probably someone gave me the heads-up on it. It’s a nice little neighbourhood bistro type place, just on the outskirts of the town centre and adjacent to the Metrolink station. There’s a solitary front of house staff member – which does mean that service can be a little patchy if the restaurant is busy, but she gives a warm welcome and delivers the service with a smile. And, yes, it was busy on this midweek night. The menu is fairly straightforward – nothing particularly innovative and the dishes seemingly the sort that any competent cook could knock up at home without too much trouble. Perhaps it’s the homey food that attracts folk.
That said, there was something of an innovation in my starter. The chef is South African so it wasn’t necessarily a surprise to see bobotie on the menu. It’s a dish I’ve made at home and it’s a dish I’ve eaten at a Cape Malay restaurant in Cape Town. But here, it was presented in the form of bobotie spring rolls. Of course, this wasn’t “proper” bobotie which is a dish of lightly spiced meat, topped with a savoury egg custard. But it was the meat bit. These were pleasant enough with just a little curry kick. Disappointingly, the spring roll itself wasn’t crisp. Alongside, a little salad and a fruit chutney which on first taste seemed lovely until I realised it was so sharp it was probably stripping the enamel off my teeth. Across the table potato and leek soup was fine for an autumn evening. although a little underseasoned and a little too creamy.
Main courses were better. A well cooked cod fillet sat on some white beans and was dressed with a scattering of crisp tasty bacon and some equally tasty roast tomato. Duck breast was pretty much perfect – juicy flesh, a nice layer of fat and crispy skin. However, the advertised roast potatoes had gone soggy and the creamed onions had turned to sludge. Served separately was an uninspiring bowl of new potatoes, carrots and broccoli.