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Cotton, Manchester NH (July 08)


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Cotton, Manchester NH (July 08)

Rabbit | Jul 22, 2008 03:55 PM

I'd read a recent thread on CH complaining that Cotton seemed to be slipping. This is one of my fave spots, but I hadn't visit in nearly a year, so I was all "say it isn't so!"

We visited last Sunday and had a great time... IMHO, everything seems as good, if not better(!) than ever...

We sat outside under the lovely grape arboretum (and remained undisturbed despite a mid-dinner shower under the protection of all that greenery and some sturdy umbrellas).

Cotton has switched up their menu since our last visit (a much-needed edit). The cocktail list also has some tempting additions, but we opted for a bottle of Spanish garnacha. It’s easy to find a value priced bottle of vino at Cotton and we were happy with our choice (Spain being our regular plonk provider).

We started with an order of perfectly grilled asparagus and Portobello mushrooms with plenty of thick shards of parmigiano all dressed in a sherry shallot vinaigrette. A very satisfying start to the meal, but not at all heavy so our appetites were just whetted.

I was craving crab cakes, so in lieu of two mains we opted to split an order of crabbies along with the grilled pork special. Cotton’s crab cakes were definitely up to standard, chubby and meaty with that tasty black bean salsa. And you can check out the huge crab shard in my photos.

The pork special involved a large, juicy chop with a balsamic reduction served along with a salad of potato and arugula. The meat was expertly prepared and generous enough that we both felt satisfied splitting the entrée. The presentation had a summer feeling and worked well with the last of the wine.

Dessert was banana bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. We’ve had this before and while it might err on the side of being slightly sweet and a touch heavy that's perhaps an unfair "complaint" against this very tasty dessert.

Service was friendly and attentive, although we only noted at the end of our meal that we didn’t get a bread basket. We didn’t miss it (obviously) but I find those sorts of oversights slightly annoying, so a minor demerit on that one.

As for Cotton "slipping"... in our experience it's better than ever! A great meal in a very pleasant surrounding and for a completely reasonable price (approx $75 before tip).

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