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New menu, same high quality from Malmaison – gastro gallery

To get an invitation to try the new menu at Malmaison Manchester is to be filled with trepidation and anticipation.

Trepidation because how could it match up to previous experiences:

Fall fork first into autumn at Malmaison

Malmaison brings the Millennial touch to Afternoon Tea 

It did and it was fabulous.

Tried and tested for organic mancs, honorary mancs, visitors to manc, new additions to this summer menu at Malmaison include the rather wonderful…

Pan fried sea scallops, red pepper puree, tapenade, samphire and sauce vierge…

Seared soy glazed salmon, crunchy hot and sour salad, toasted cashew nuts, red chilli, pousse and crisp gem lettuce (shhh my favourite and I’m not even a big salmon eater)…

Summer stew of grilled Merguez sausages, cannellini beans tomatoes, parsley, garlic and grilled Altamura bread (those sausages pack a punch – spicy, hot but nothing heavy about that dish)…

Burgers on offer are –

  • Ayrshire bacon and gruyere cheese
  • Chez Mal breaded buttermilk chicken, tangy tomato chutney, melted Reblochon cheese and pomme frites
  • Mushroom chestnut and field mushroom, grilled Romano pepper, pommes frites and mushroom jalapeno marmalade.
  • Selection, slider-style below:
  • Steaks from the josper grill:

    Chez Mal’s exclusive UK 28 day aged beef, all served with whole baked vine tomato, onion rings and green salad:

    450g T bone

    450g Bone in sirloin

    450g prime rib (tried, tested and pictured below)…

    Chez Mal still brings afternoon tea to the table, the sweet side bringing seasonal cheesecake, salted caramel chocolate brownie, Bakewell tart, double chocolate cupcake & seasonal fruit shake, along with fruit or plain scones, clotted cream & strawberry jam

    For all details including menus and reservations, please visit the Malmaison Manchester website.

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    Fall fork first into autumn at Malmaison

    After a summer of outdoor activities, beer gardens and sun terraces (yes, even in Manchester, naysayers), October heralds a time for taking it back indoors .

    Personally happy to see the back of light summer salads, all I can see ahead is a series of extended Sunday lunches with friends and family and delicious decadent dinners.

    Autumn is when the gates to foodie heaven are thrown wide open as there is no dish too grand, or temptation too realised that a huge winter woolly cannot compensate for.

    When Malmaison kindly opened their dining room doors at Chez Mal for a preview of their new autumn menu, the stakes were high and the quality of the steaks were…well, high.

    Much as I’d like to talk about myself, as I so often do, I will throw spotlight onto the food. When invited to try, I expected a mere morsel. A soupcon. An amuse bouche, if you will.

    I have never felt so fed and this is testament not only to the dishes on offer, but my inability to stop trying all facets of the new menu.

    Before I lay bare the Autumn 2017 dishes (or Fall collection – yes I know it’s american but we’ve got students all over Manchester having just started their first ‘semester’ and we all talk in ‘seasons’ now, not series, so let me have this americanism as it suits the fashion show analogy I’ve literally just thought of) to those on the ‘frow’, we’ll start, as did I that evening, with a cocktail.

    And no ordinary cocktail, but one especially created for our fine city of Manchester.

    Behold the Beehave!

     

    If you like your gin of the Hendrick’s variety, mixed with Cointreau, honey, lemon, egg white (I used to balk at that, believe me, but it’s not what you might expect) and ginger ale, you will enjoy this delightful little mancunian tribute in a glass. And extra points to those who picked up on the Stone Roses homage.

    The new menu offers everything you’d want in the way of warmers, comfort foods and beautifully put together steaks as cooked on the Josper.

    Feast your eyes, and ‘fall’ (yes, still going with that) in love with what Malmaison has to offer to Mancunians, honorary and actuary, and visitors alike, this autumn.

    First to the catwalk, the starters…

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    Seared sea scallops – Bury black pudding, celeriac puree, apple and Jerez vinegar
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    Buffalo mozzarella, roast warm squash, pumpkin, charred onion
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    Pepper seared rump carpaccio – celeriac puree, sauteed potatoes, pickled mushrooms and black truffle oil

     Introducing the mains

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    Josper winged rib
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    Josper prime rib
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    Josper fillet steak
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    Mushroom and black truffle macaroni – gruyere and parmesan cheese sauce, topped with brioche herb crumb
     

    And so to the puddings…

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    Valrhona chocolate pave, salted caramel ice cream and caramel sauce
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    Classic vanilla creme brulee
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    Treacle tart and cornish clotted cream
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    Malmaison brings the Millennial touch to Afternoon Tea 

    When I was young, I had two major concerns about getting older:

    I wouldn’t be allowed to wear my hair in a ponytail anymore; and 

    What would I do about coffee mornings – I hated coffee and indeed tea.

    What world I was living in where the latter was a real worry, I don’t know. One of my own making, clearly straight out of a Miss Marple story.

    Anyway, it was a concern and whilst I still retch whenever coffee’s near me, two further things have since occurred to me:

    You can get your adult badge by drinking herbal tea which is quite nice; and 

    The coffee morning isn’t a concept that comes up too often. It’s fine.

    What is a thing, and a big thing at that, is the increasing popularity of the afternoon tea. A quaint and quintessentially English affair which has taken hold, and is not just reserved for tea shops, The Ritz or, indeed, ladies of retirement age.

    The afternoon tea has entered our bars, hotels and restaurants and, when done well, is a beautiful thing (especially when champagne enters the fray.

    Celebrating 17 years since I started working, living in and generally loving Manchester, myself and my husband, took ourselves off to Malmaison. 

    Here in the city before even I arrived (imagine!), Malmaison has held its own amongst new arrivals over the years, including The Lowry, Radisson Edwardian and, more recently, Gotham.



    Malmaison always reminded me of two things:

    Its past connection to another Mancunian stalwart, Mick Hucknall; and

    drum roll

    Hank Marvin.

    Yes he of the Shadows and popular rhyming slang, Hank Marvin was once spotted in the lobby there, by a very excited young lady (me). Speaking of which, when I sat down for afternoon tea I was …hungry.

    Thankfully Malmaison didn’t disappoint.


    There was nothing cheeky about their Afternoon Tea in terms of taste and ingredients – it’s the perfect balance of pretty and  plentiful. 


    It is not for me to use or assume gender stereotypes, but I took a man (it’s ok, we’re married) who, whilst would be perfectly at ease amongst sandwiches with their crusts removed, was reassured by sight of the savoury selection. 
    The chipotle chicken and avocado wrap and burger sliders brought the millennial touches to the table, with a nod to the traditional with the smoked salmon sandwich. 

    I know, I used millenial again. It’s what I’m doing now.

    I’m relevant.

    Relevant 

    Scones are always my favourite part of afternoon tea (champagne aside), and what I put most stock in. They didn’t disappoint…

    Technically a Devonian (born but not bred), the scone debate between Devon and Cornwall is obviously an issue close to my heart. So close that I couldn’t remember which county coveted which – jam before cream or cream before jam?

    I hedged my bets, and dressed each half a different way…


    A quick Google afterwards reminds me (tells me) the Devonians likes to do it cream before jam (left).
    Plenty replenished and happy (but far from finished) it was time for tea (the champagne was, of course, long gone).

    And here, I am trying and wanting to use both perfect storm and storm in a teacup. But both sound a little negative and it wasn’t. I’ll just go for it and assume the rest of my text assures that there was nothing bad about it 

    The fruit and traditional teas available proved the perfect storm in a teacup.

    Look they were good, is what I’m saying,  and beautifully presented. 

    We were brought a little teapot each which could be refilled as required.

    No confusing apparatus that looks like something out of a laboratory (I won’t name names, but there was plenty of time to ponder their tea brewing process in the lift down to reception that afternoon back in 2015), just a selection of teas, a teapot of hot water and really lovely people to refill it for you.

    Between us we sampled English breakfast, peppermint and green. 

    And you can’t have tea without cake and happy to report that each tasted as delicious as they look below…

    The strawberry and vanilla mini pavlova caught my attention and it was everything I’d hoped. Trust me, I invest hope in such things. And it’s the little touches such as the little sliced strawberry on top which brings the elegance to proceedings.

    Whilst each cake brought something different yet equally decadent, it was the pannacotta which stole the show for us both…

    Tea for two but with a feast for more, I urge all Mancs – honorary or otherwise, and indeed Manchester guests to book in.

    The balance between the classic and modern will suit Millenials, Miss Marples and both male and female diners alike. 

    Especially if you’re Hank Marvin.

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