Monday 12 August 2013

Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester

Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester
I've long been intrigued by the Whim Wham Cafe. It struck a chord for two reasons: firstly, I get the song 'wig wam bam' in my head (as will you...) and secondly I'd heard my fellow bloggers raving about the simple yet tasty food. My only concern was whether it was a bit 'down with the kids'. Just a stone's throw from Oxford Road train station, we picked a gloomy afternoon to sample the epicurean eaterie, and make up our own minds.

Situated in the railway arches of Whitworth Street West, the Whim Wham Cafe looks like it wouldn't be out of place in a western, with its very own gin saloon and late live music. William Morris style wallpaper is hung on the walls and tasselled lampshades sit on each table. It's by no means style over substance though.
Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester
Our drinks order was taken (the 'cocktail wizard' wasn't on site yet, but luckily I'm not a huge fan of gin) and we were left to peruse the menu. It's a reduced menu on Sundays, but we were there for a roast anyway, so it mattered not. 
Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester - Sunday Lunch Menu
Roast Beef: Although you can't really see on this photograph, the beef comes slightly pink with a crispy Yorkshire, well seasoned potatoes and a wonderful pile of mixed seasonal vegetables. We both loved the fact it came with slices of red chilli, and that the potatoes had a slight hint of star anise.
Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester - Roast Beef
Chicken Thighs: As above but with the nice addition of thigh meat rather than the usual chicken breast. This was beautiful. It was packed with flavour and was so juicy!
Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester - Roast Chicken
Sticky Toffee Pudding: A light pudding with a thick, sticky toffee sauce. This should have come with cream, but they were happy to swap it for Ginger's Comfort Emporium vanilla ice cream. The perfect combination.
Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester - Sticky Toffee Pudding
Pecan Pie: I'm not sure what trickery was going on with this pie crust, but it was damn fine indeed! It was generously filled with a sticky pecan pie mix, which was rich in flavour but light in texture.
Whim Wham Cafe, Manchester - Pecan Pie
A delightful time was had at the Whim Wham Cafe. Friendly staff, a decent roast, tasty desserts and a bit of personality to boot. We'll be returning to this pretty little place.

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