Tariff and Dale in NQ
Recently listed in The Times 25 Coolest Restaurants List - Contemporary bar and kitchen is situated on the corner of Tariff and Dale St. @thetimes
Over the last 3 or 4 years the North Quarter has established itself as the place to go in Manchester for food and drink. It boasts many new venues which all promise to offer the customer something different.
As we walked through Manchester on a rainy Monday evening I thought what would be the factors that would make Tariff and Dale stand out from the rest, what would be their “something different”.
A warm welcome greeted us at the bar on the ground level before we were taken to the restaurant in the basement of this vast, industrial building. We both loved the industrial feel, the steel tables, low lighting and the historical parts of the building which had being kept and built into the new venue.
We chose a couple of great beers, I had the organic Freedom Lager and Andy had the Yakima Red, both were perfect. For starters Andy enjoyed a large slab of pork shoulder terrine with toasted brioche and poached pear. I had the seared scallop which was cooked to perfection with amazing pieces of pickled cauliflower and romanesca with a wonderful sauce. We both chose pizzas as we had seen a couple loving theirs and we opted for more beer but this time Andy had the Outstanding IPA and I had the Meantime Wheat which was a clear winner for me.
Our pizzas were fantastic, thin bases, crispy edges and a generous amount of toppings on them. Andy chose the Nduja and Rocket with was beautifully salty with a kick of chilli. I chose the beef and blue cheese which was a total delight. As if the pizzas were not good enough on their own we shared a fantastic portion of triple cooked skin on chips which were to die for, fluffy inside but crispy on the outside.
Did we have room for dessert? Just about as we were talked into it by one of the team. We shared a rhubarb and ginger crumble with a affogato. The crumble was light, sharp and chunchy with wonderful notes of ginger. The affogato was fantastic, simply vanilla ice cream, Frangelico and espresso.
We both enjoyed every aspect of the dinner and judging by the people around us the main courses were a winner too with plenty of empty plates heading back to the kitchen.
Well it’s safe to say that their “something different” is personality. Tariff and Dale serve wonderful food with great beers but with added warmth and that comes from the great team who work there. They have a great passion for the menu and for the venue.
Written by Mark Geary for Canal St Online.
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