Now on to the menu…For this outing, we had 2 guests in tow from oversees; cool twenty-somethings who were hoping to experience some of what Manchester’s best food has to offer. It was a balmy Friday evening and Spinningfields was alive and buzzing with live music, pop-up bars and deck-chairs on The Lawns. We were lucky enough to have a booth outside on Southern Eleven’s courtyard, so we could enjoy our dining experience Al Fresco (a rarity in Manchester) and take in the atmosphere.
So onto drinks…what was our poison?
Two of us went for their refreshingly tasty ‘Gin & Jazz’ from the ‘Signature Cocktails’ menu, which was served in a chilled jar filled with crushed-ice and finished with a sprig of mint. Perfect for a hot Summer’s evening. Mmmmm…
The rest of us (the more adventurous types) went for something from their ‘Shake Your Own Cocktails’ menu. This is a really nice idea of Southern Eleven, which is a fun and interactive way of serving the cocktails and gives a bit of va-va-voom at the dinner table. We chose the ‘Berried Daq’ which was a mixture of strawberries, blackberries, vanilla, Bacardi, Chamboard and finished with fresh raspberries. Delicious and easy to drink! We received a board with all our ingredients in shot glasses, a chilled cocktail glass and of course the cocktail shaker.
After combining our ingredients and a good shakey-shake, our cocktails were ready to pour.
With a great sense of satisfaction, we enjoyed our creation immensely!
Then onto the food…we had the Deep Fried Pickle Spears to start, which are a must-have if you visit Southern Eleven. They are seriously delicious, light, crispy and packed full of flavour. I’ve seen people who despise pickles, munch into these bad-boys like there’s no tomorrow. A minimum of 2 orders at the table is a necessity.
Then onto the mains… I have the same predicament every time – do I try something new? I’ve eaten a fair selection of the menu and believe me, it’s all outstanding, but I always come back to the same two things – the Tender Pulled Pork (served with coleslaw, jalapeno corn bread and parmesan truffle fries) or the Southern Tasting Platter (a selection of smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, pork belly ribs and parmesan truffle fries). This time I went for the latter. Absolutely delicious as always, with succulent meat that melts in your mouth, crispy skinny fries and a killer homemade BBQ sauce. (I might have also accidentally ordered the Mac & Cheese and Sweetcorn Pudding on the side too! It would’ve been rude not to!).
Two of us had the platter and the other two of us enjoyed the BBQ Slider Selection (mini burgers filled with pulled pork, beef brisket and 100% beef rump with all the fixings, served with coleslaw and parmesan truffle fries). We all had food-envy of each other’s dishes, but funnily-enough didn’t want to share!
So with satisfied smiles-on-faces we ate our way through the deliciousness in front of us and enjoyed every mouthful. Sadly and is often the case with my visits to Southern Eleven, we filled our tums with so much savoury goodness, that we couldn’t quite squeeze in dessert. But seriously, if you can, do! Again, I’ve tried a fair few of their sweety-treats and they are well worth ordering and do not disappoint…the same with their milkshakes!
OK, so there we have it – a review of Southern Eleven, Manchester! I’m actually salivating as I type this, so I think that’s my cue to wrap-up…
For me, Southern Eleven is a definite 5 stars.
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