New arrival to the village impresses

New arrival to the village impresses

The long awaited arrival of MCR42 hits the spot with Sunday Lunch

First Impressions Count : MCR42

As first impressions go MCR42 gives you a welcome like no other. It is the new sister restaurant, tea room and bar of Tea42 in the Northern Quarter and brings an element of chic and sophistication right into the heart of the gay village. After so many years of the venue being closed it is great to see a team of passionate people bringing fine dining to the Village. MCR42's location is part of it's appeal; located on the former site of the Mongolian Grill, it is really encouraging to see a local business crop up in the heart of the village.

We were greeted by a group of friendly staff who showed us to our table, the décor of the restaurant immediately catches your eye, it stylish yet comfortable and provides the warm kind of atmosphere that is welcomed.

Menu wise we had the choice between the regular menu and the Sunday menu, myself and the two friends I was with could not resist the temptation of a Sunday roast.

First up was our starter. We all had the Garlic Mushrooms which was presented on a toasted, garlic bread, topped with a fried duck egg and mushrooms. It was a tongue tantalising appetiser which made us all the more eager to try the main.

Next up the main courses. It is often too easy to say that food is good but what we were treated to at MCR42 was absolutely superb. We sampled the Chicken supreme, Roast Beef and Pork options; all of which were simply sublime. Size is not shirked and the portions were plentiful. Each dish came with mash suede and potato, cabbage, Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings. Not only are the helpings very generous and but everything on the plate was clearly cooked with thought and passion.

The cocktail menu on offer is extremely comprehensive with options that range from: Manhattans, a twist on the sling (called the Manchester sling), more traditional tipples such as Mojito and Bellinis through to your rum and gin based Charlie Chaplins and Mother's Ruin.

The décor in the venue is very comforting and is best described as a mix of familiar tea room comfort and quirky contemporary; portraits on the walls move their gaze over you, like something straight out of Harry Potter.

MCR42's location is part of it's appeal. Located on the former site of the Mongolian Grill, it is really encouraging to see a local business crop up in the heart of the village. It is a welcome alternative to the other eateries around the area and one that I welcome.

As for the staff we were well looked after with our waiter being both friendly and attentive. When we were finished the manager herself took the time to find out how we found the restaurant and whether we had enjoyed ourselves. The answer to which was a definite yes! We will be coming back over Pride for sure and would urge as many of you as possible to try out this fantastic new addition to the Village.

Reviewed by Karl Davies

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Rating: 4.5

story published on  Sun, 23 Aug 2015