I haven’t forgotten about my quest to sample all the places referred to in the BuzzFeed list, 21 Things Everyone Needs to Eat in Manchester, but I suspect it’s going to take some time to get round to them all.
However, Friday saw me sampling the ‘big big’ cakes at Home Sweet Home.
There’s nothing like a Prosecco lunch to get a Bank Holiday weekend off on the right note.
Home Sweet Home don’t take bookings, which makes it a difficult place to get in to at the weekends. But Friday lunchtime turned out to be a good bet, with only a 10-15 minute wait until my friend and I secured a table.
Aside from the luxurious cakes, Home Sweet Home nods towards an American diner theme, albeit in more refined surroundings.
The menu offers a tex-mex variety of burgers, burritos, chillies, and chicken, which made it difficult to choose a dish that would ensure I had room for cake afterwards.
Opting for small plates (which turned out to be far from small) seemed like my best chance.
I chose the Veggie Chilli Burrito, which comprised of veggie bean chilli, cheese, lettuce, crispy fries, chipotle sour cream, creamy guac mayo and pico de gallo wrapped in a soft tortilla.
The fries in the burrito didn’t do much for my plan to stick to a small plate – luckily I turned down the option of fries on the side as well, but the burrito was delicious. I love tex-mex flavours and this dish was oozing with flavour, and sauces. Yum.
My friend chose the Pulled Pork Roll, which was signature slow cooked juicy pulled pork served on buttery brioche, lashings of BBQ sauce, pico de gallo and jalapeños. It was another substantial and satisfying portion.
I have to confess that I was pretty stuffed after my burrito, but I don’t know when I’ll get another chance to visit so I decided to peruse the cake counter anyway.
The selection of cakes changes daily and the creativity that goes in to each one is something else. I was spoilt for choice by the tantalising treats with names like Oreo Messing, Strawberry Disco and Disco Bear. It was a tough decision but I opted for a slice of Jazzy Sparkles; a chocolate orange cake with Solero buttercream and white chocolate glittery stars.
All this sugary goodness was actually surprisingly light and creamy to eat. The sponge tasted as lovely as the icing, which is not always the case when so much attention is paid to the decoration. The white chocolate stars reminded me of the white chocolate, sprinkle covered buttons you get in pick ’n’ mix, a little sickly, but surprisingly moreish.
I did end up leaving with something of a sugar hangover. I think next time I visit it will just be for cake. Not because there was anything wrong with the food, but because the cake is so spectacular it deserves to be savoured.
Home Sweet Home: 49-51 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1HW, Tel: 0161 244 9424
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