I believe this is my first restaurant review! So Sunday Roast is a big deal in the UK, for good reasons of course as there is the meat, potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and the main event the gravy. So what could make the Sunday Roast even better? Why of course to turn it into fondue form.
Bock Biere Cafe is a European Style Restaurant in the centre of Manchester City Centre and prides itself on their fondue Sunday Roast. They of course provide other forms of food, but their main event and what everyone is flocking there for is this delicious roast.
I went with Andy and friends to experience this fondue Sunday Roast with high hopes and it did not disappoint. Our only query before we went was having to dip into a communal pot of gravy between 4 of us and how grim that might be. The dreaded double dipper!
On arrival we were seated straight away and although it appeared quite empty, we were pleasantly surprised that it was fully booked and they were turning people away. So thankfully we had booked well in advance. As it’s a Belgium Restaurant they had a good selection of European beers and lager, yet I could not partake in any but Andy enjoyed the selection he had. I was boring as usual and stuck to Diet Coke.
We were quickly seen to staff, but throughout the time we were there none of us felt pressured by the staff and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere. All the staff seemed to be enjoying themselves and there wasn’t a feeling of corporation.
Now onto the food!
We had two Sunday Roast Fondue between 4 of us. This included 1 pot of gravy, beef brisket, potatoes, parsnips, Yorkshire pudding waffles and vegetables. We had fondue forks provided for us for our dipping pleasure.
As someone who does not normally like Yorkshire Puddings, I can firmly say if I were to eat them again I will only ever want them in waffle form as for some reason this made it taste better.
The beef brisket melted away and was extremely tender. Although beautiful in taste, my only niggle about this was it could be difficult sometimes to dip the beef into the gravy as hard to pick up.
The gravy was delicious and was more of a gravy jus than bisto gravy. If compliments are anything to go by Andy stated if he was at home he would pick it up and drink it. I’m glad he decided the restaurant was not the place to do this.
I hate being a negative Nancy, the only thing I didn’t like was the vegetables as they were difficult to dip into the gravy and were a bit aldente for my taste.
We all decided we were not full after all that and wanted pudding. It was one of my friends’ first time having Churros as well and we all ended up ordering Churros. Now Churros is not normally something I would go for, but after seeing a few go past from the kitchen I noticed how delicious and golden they smelt.
The churros come with a pot of cream, chocolate and fresh strawberries. They tasted as good as they smelt and did not taste like oil or grease as some have done in the past. It was the perfect end to the meal.
Price wise it’s reasonable at £25 for two for the Sunday Roast fondue and the drinks and puddings were all reasonable too.
Now would I go back again? I think definitely I would go back again as it’s somewhere I would take family and friends to show off it’s uniqueness. However I don’t think it’s somewhere I would nip into for food during the evening or late afternoon when it was just the two of us.
**All thoughts are my own. I was not paid/sponsored/asked to do this review and I went of my own accord**
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