Sunday roast is one of those comforting meals that tends to be best enjoyed at home. And that is mainly because it’s surprisingly difficult to find a restaurant that serves a decent take on one of our so called ‘national dishes’. All to often the meat is overcooked, the potatoes are tasteless with hints of frozen and the vegetables are flavourless and mushy.
I don’t know why so many restaurants find it so difficult to cook roast dinner but I do think I have finally found one in Manchester that knows what it’s doing.
TNQ (formerly The Northern Quarter) Restaurant promises to deliver from the get-go. The website proclaims that, “Sundays are special to us at TNQ and we pride ourselves on providing top notch proper British roasts!” With the finest and freshest ingredients at the heart of this British institution it almost sounds too good to be true.
I first visited TNQ for dinner a few months ago and I was impressed with the food and the relaxed atmosphere. This increased my confidence that they would be able to deliver on their promise of a delicious roast dinner so it was the first place that came to mind when I was tasked with the responsibility of suggesting somewhere to meet friends last weekend.
The dining space is open with wooden tables and chairs, which gives it a simple but classic feel. The kitchen is visible from the restaurant, increasing your confidence of receiving a good meal. It’s not a large restaurant so it seems sensible to book if you want to be sure of securing a place, although you might be lucky if you call in on the off chance.
The Sunday lunch menu offers a reasonable selection of starters and a few main courses, fish dishes and vegetarian options. But, if it’s a roast dinner you’re after I would recommend saving space and indulging in dessert if you need anything extra at the end.
You can choose from roast lamb,
or suckling pig.
The meat is accompanied by garlic and duck fat roast potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, greens, cauliflower cheese and carrot and swede mash, then finished off with Yorkshire puddings and homemade gravy.
The three of us dining each chose a different meat option. For the beef and lamb we were offered it pink or well done, which is always a nice touch and one so often missed.
The meat, potatoes and parsnips are served on a plate topped with the Yorkshire pudding. The other vegetables come as side dishes so you can have as much or as little as you want.
Everything tasted just as it should. The meat was tender and juicy, the potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the veg was cooked properly, with a little bit of bite, and the Yorkshires were golden. The roast was so nice that we cleaned our plates and forgot all about saving room for dessert.
If you are looking for a good roast dinner in Manchester, I think you’d be hard pushed to find a better one that at TNQ Restaurant and I’d urge you to try it if you haven’t already.
TNQ Restaurant: 108 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HQ, Tel: 01618327115
You can book online through a link to OpenTable on the website, which is an added bonus in my opinion!