My OH & I went to Manchester last weekend so we’d spent ages looking for a restaurant that would suit us both. Lots of people on Twitter recommended Bistro 1847 so we decided to give it a go. The on-line menu looked pretty good & a little different to other veggie places so off we went.

When we arrived we were seated promptly near the door. I was worried we get chilly from the draught, but this wasn’t an issue, as very quickly, the restaurant become boiling! Even the windows were fogging up. I was very warm, but my OH was uncomfortably hot. There Deep Fried Tofuwere ceiling fans, but these weren’t used. Maybe everyone else was used to it – we weren’t! It was such a shame, as it was the only criticism of our evening there.

For starters, we ordered the fried tofu with wasabi, soy sauce & satay, along with some edammame beans to share. They were all delicious. I prefer my edammame beans quite plain, but the lemon oil did add a nice kick to the meal. The dishes were served in these quirky bowls & looked fab. All washed down well with a fabulous merlot. There was a steady stream of people, not too many and not too few. The waitresses were attentive without being annoying. The decor was great too. If anyone thinks veggie food is just about boring old lentils, then they should head here.

For our mains, I had the deep fried tofu again. Mainly because it came with chips but also because I like tofu when it’s done really well & I don’t cook with it very often so to have it is a real treat. And it was a real treat. The chips were lovely and the sauce that came with itThick chips added real flavour. I didn’t really like the mushy peas, mainly because I don’t really like mushy peas! But my OH assured me that they were delicious. He had virtually the same meal as me, but his tofu was swapped for deep fried halloumi.

I wasn’t expecting to feel quite so full, but I was stuffed. The batter on the tofu & the halloumi was more like tempura batter. It was pretty light & delicious, not thick & greasy. We finished our wine & headed out. It was a very reasonable meal. We didn’t have desert for two reasons: One was that we were full and the other is because none of the deserts really grabbed us. If creme brulee had been on the menu, then I would have sacrificed a starter, but not for a poached pear. (I don’t class fruit as a pudding, unless its in a crumble or a pie!)

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, where veggies & meaties will be happy, then this is the place for you. I’d definitely go back!

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