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[West Didsbury, Manchester] LIme Tree

Harters | Aug 19, 201502:12 PM    

I hope I never tire of having dinner at the Lime Tree. If ever it happens, it’ll be time to give up on this eating out lark. There really is nothing I’d rather eat on a regular basis than the sort of Modern Brit bistro food that they’ve been dealing out for years.

Like a chicken and ham terrine. I expected it to be sort of chunky but it was more firm mousse, if you see what I mean. Could have been a bit bland but was simply packed with flavour. Like a Lancashire cheese and hazelnut soufflé – again lots of flavour if a tad underseasoned. That came with a small handful of salad and a poached pear which worked really well

Local beef came in the form of sirloin steak. Classic accompaniments – mushroom, chips (choice of fries or proper chips), salad, Café de Paris butter. A generous portion of monkfish tail was simply grilled and came with a samphire salad and a courgette stuffed with, I think, its own flesh mixed with pinenuts. A caper & anchovy sauce gave it a zing. New potatoes filled the carb requirement.

At this level of cooking, desserts can often be more miss than hit. And are rarely worth the calories. We often don’t bother but did tonight and were glad we did. Summer pudding was as good a version as you’re likely to come across in a restaurant. Ever so slightly more sweet than we make at home but still with bags of fruity flavour. It came with a small jug of pouring cream, just as it should. Lemon curd cheesecake was excellent – crisp biscuit base topped with a really citrussy curd, just mellowed with the exactly correct amount of sugar.

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