It’s finally arrived: Manchester restaurant and bar Mamucium has officially opened, situated at the side of Victoria Station.
Mamucium Restaurant and Bar opened its doors two weeks ago, in which I attended the early afternoon of the first day it launched, meaning I was one of the lucky few to try it out first!
The place is said to be named after the Roman fort that was the birthplace of modern Manchester, a site overlooking the areas of the rivers Irwell and Medlock. Apparently Mamucium means ‘breast-shaped hill’ – I had to ask this question as I was wondering the meaning behind the name ever since I heard it!
The star chef behind this new launch is Manchester-born chef Andrew Green. Previously of The Lowry, he has now come on board at Mamucium and revealed a Northern traditional menu for the new 120-seat restaurant.
You’ll find the brand new Hotel Indigo at the side of the restaurant, literally a minute stroll from Victoria Station. And for those who appreciate good old Manchester inspired food and vibes you’ll be pleased to know this place is all about northern dishes.
First of all, stepping into Mamucium is pretty impressive due to the interior. The grade II listed building which was once derelict has been brought back to life. With a strong fresh blue, light wood and silver colour scheme thrown upon me when entering, I also spied the towering pair of iron gates at the hotel’s reception, giving a grand entrance approach.
The bar is circular and wraps around the restaurant, decorated with lots of wire and metal detailing on the ceiling and light fixtures. The floor around the bar area features a bold, blocky square print, which matches the back of certain chairs around the venue.
The place is lined with windows that span the entire side of the restaurant, giving the place lots of fresh natural light. With it being brand new, you certainly get that sense of newness when you walk around. Everything is polished to perfection and in immaculate condition, with that scent of new wood.
In terms of drinks, I thought it only fair to try out the cocktails for this review – of course! Their cocktails take on many Northern influences, with names such as Arkwright’s Mill and Davies Clubhouse, but I went for The Pankhurst Revolution, named after Emmeline Pankhurst. This cocktail is a drink to honour the leader of the suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, that uses Zymurgorium Cherry Bakewell Liqueur and a dash of Vimto, served on ice and topped with Prosecco.
It’s a sweet and ‘more-ish’ drink, perfect for the ladies!
So lets crack on with menu highlights. For starters, there is a Northern take on the classic French onion soup, Andrew’s own Lancashire onion soup. This consists of onion cooked in lamb broth, topped off with a Lancashire cheese croute.
Other starters include a smoked Cheshire beef hash and Manchester Smoke House salmon.
When looking at the mains, I loved how it was filled with your classics and your fail-safes, all with Northern twists and unique touches making each and every one tempting in it’s own right.
There are seven signature dishes to choose from including a Lancashire hot pot – a true Northern original! It is prepared using a north west cannon of lamb, but it was the Goosnargh chicken served with creamed potatoes enriched with Blackstick Blue Lancashire cheese that took my fancy.
The presentation of this dish was incredible – 10 out of 10 for plate and food presentation. The chicken was delicious, made extra special with the rich, creamy potatoes.
I almost went for their take on Fish & Chips – a roast fillet of cod with tartare potato, Manchester caviar and lemon confit. But I’ll come back for that on my next visit…
There is also a grill section of the menu featuring premium cuts of beef, pork and fish, including Lancashire beef which is aged for 28 days in a Himalayan salt chamber.
But lets have a glance at desserts, where you’ll find the famous Manchester Tart – which of course I went for! Now this is one hell of a fresh custard tart filled with homemade raspberry jam, banana crisps and shaved coconut, the way it should be one. It’s encased with a soft pastry crust and base, making it a sweet slice of home.
I was also tempted by the Bakewell steamed sponge, served with vanilla pod ice cream, and warm mini Eccles cakes served with burnt cream, caramel crumb and wild berries.
I felt like this place has that real touch of class, and takes huge pride in it’s menu and food options. Everything has been extremely well thought out, from the decor and ambiance, the cocktails and their inspirations, right through to the Northern twist on British classics.
Prices for mains start from £13 upwards, and they also offer your more extra special dishes, like Lobster and Beef Wellington, which are more pricier.
Hats off to Andrew Green for this great menu offering and delicious food!