22 October 2014

Gorilla Manchester

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Those of you who you live in Manchester or are familiar with the city will know that it's fast becoming a hot spot for quirky, laid back eateries. Although there are a few chain restaurants out there that I enjoy eating at (namely everyone's favourite chicken restaurant) I definitely prefer going to somewhere a bit off the wall and individual.

Nestled under the train tracks of Oxford Road Station is Gorilla, an amalgamation of  Bar, Kitchen & Live Music Venue. It offers a no frills vibe with its wooden school chairs, exposed brick walls and tea towels instead of napkins and is spilling with people from all walks of life.

I went for the salt and pepper chicken wings to start. Being a pro in the Chinese starters field I was a bit disappointed with these...All batter and no spice but the main more than main up for it.

Having had the aubergine and halloumi burger twice in the past (all of the good adjectives) I decided to go for something different, this being the chermoula chicken kebab. It was supposed to come with puy lentils but they taste like the earth so naturally I went for seasoned fries. The chicken was marinated perfectly and was moist so thumbs up from me (nothing worse than dry chicken) and I enjoyed the Harrissa mayonnaise and flat bread it came with. The star of the show was the Halloumi side dish. Halloumi is my all time favourite cheese and when mixed with peppers, onions and a lime and chilli marinade well....do I need to go on!!!

Tim had the steak with chimichurri marinade and parmesan and truffle oil fries which were delicious. Too much truffle oil can upset your taste buds but they had just the right amount to create a really unique flavour.

Next time your in the city centre make sure you check out Gorilla....oh and cocktails are £5 before 8pm so what you waiting for!



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  2. oooh this looks so yummy, I love the sound of Halloumi, I've never had it before.
    Will definitely check this restaurant out out next time I pop to town and I'll make sure to go before 8 for the cocktails.

    x x x x

  3. I'm down in Manchester quite a lot visiting family and always looking for somewhere new to eat, Gorilla looks like somewhere I'll definitely be visiting! Especially with £5 cocktails, can't beat that x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels


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