Saturday 13 December 2014

Veggie Options vs. Cheeseburger Spring Rolls - Solita, Manchester

Solita, Manchester
I feel like Solita was one of my first loves. I remember when a trip to Manchester was bleak in terms of decent lunchtime haunts, which usually meant grabbing something on the way home. Now look at it. It's bursting at the seams with enough restaurants to keep me fearing the onset of gout for at least another 20 years.

Solita was the game-changer. Franco and his team launched with a bang, and brought the pulled pork sundae, Big Manc and deep fried coke to the City centre, and for this I will always be eternally grateful.

Last week we went to sample some of the new goodies on offer, and left flabbergasted for two reasons...
  1. Cheeseburger spring rolls - I could eat my own bodyweight in these. They are the future.
  2. Veggie options - Paddy decided to put the veggie options through their paces. They were so good that he declared this food the best he has ever had at Solita. Coming from a carnivore who likes his steak blue, this is high praise indeed for somewhere that is famous for a meat-fest of a burger. 
Deep fried spinach and artichoke money bags: I would never have ordered these (my preferred option is below...), but I did steal some of Paddy's. Loved them. Crispy little parcels of wonder made even better by that red pepper dip!
Solita Manchester - Moneybags
Cheeseburger spring rolls: I will dream of these forevermore. If they ever stop doing them, I will find the person responsible and make them listen to Steps on repeat until they promise to bring them back. They genuinely taste like a cheeseburger with a crispy coating! The addition of little cubes of pickle inside was just genius. Bravo!
Solita Manchester - Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
Roasted veg and halloumi skerwes: Halloumi cooked in an Inka grill - good god. Delicious! I would happily order this as a main in future (minus my mortal enemy beetroot of course). You really don't miss meat when you get that barbecued flavour from the Inka.
Solita Manchester - Veg Skewers
Drop it like it's hot burger - pepperjack cheese, roast garlic and tomato mayo, blue corn tortilla chips, Roquito peppers: Gloppy and wonderful with a hearty crunch from those blue corn tortilla chips (of Breaking Bad burger fame) and a satisfying burn from those red Roquito peppers. Team it up with sweet potato fries...
Solita Manchester - Burger
Molten individual chocolate cake: It's a bundt! I'm not a chocolate cake kind of girl because I often find it a bit hard work, however I couldn't leave without ordering this. I was pleasantly surprised by how light this was, but have to confess to only eating about half due to previous levels of gluttony.
Solita Manchester - Chocolate Bundt
I've already seen the Twiter chitter-chatter about some of these dishes - the Solita team have done it again. Take a bow folks.

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