Friday, 24 February 2017

Moose Coffee York Street Manchester 24th February 2017

Moose Coffee Manchester has a sister venue in Liverpool, which when I visited in January was packed, with a long wait, so I never managed to eat there.   Moose Coffee Manchester has plenty outside seating, but on a very cold Friday morning, we luckily managed to get a seat inside, the place was buzzing, with a queue forming outside, whilst we were there.




The idea behind Moose Coffee is the American breakfast and brunch culture, as in New York City, so they offer a breakfast short order menu, which is quite vast, but includes a vegan option, as well as a sandwich.



I ordered decaf Americano coffee, whilst waiting for my breakfast and having recently given up caffeine, decaf alternatives vary greatly from poor to good, this was excellent.


The avocado with chilli flakes and coriander on sourdough, with grilled tomatoes, was one of the best renditions I have had the pleasure to eat.





The sourdough was soft, with a lovely texture, the avocado was perfectly seasoned and with the tomatoes, was a spot on brunch dish.

We had a chat with Joanne, who I think is the Manager and complimented her on the food and commented on how busy it was.   She said that at weekends, they could sometimes have an hour and a half wait, I am not surprised the food is so good.   What a great place and one where I will definitely rush back to, when next in the city.

Addendum:  I went back for breakfast Monday 13th March and was pleased to find that Moose Coffee are consistent with their food, so many places cannot maintain their standards.   I again ordered the avocado on sourdough and feeling rather hungry, asked our waitress if the potato hash and garlic spinach was vegan too.   She went to ask chef, who confirmed the hash was, but the spinach was cooked in butter, but they were happy to cook it in oil for me, that is true customer service.   I could not resist the hash, next time I may have both.



The avocado on sourdough, was as good, if not better than before if that is possible.   The potato hash, a hearty portion, which Steven shared, was fantastic.   I again can see, when you visit Moose Coffee, why it is so busy and it will now be my go to place for breakfast, I love it.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Graze Crag Brow House Bowness on Windermere 11th February 2017

Graze was a life saver, during a long walk, for a vegan lunch stop, as Bowness on Windermere, is not remotely vegan friendly.




There is outside seating for summer days, but on a cold Friday, we chose the modern but cosy inside.



I asked the lady owner, if the tomato and roast red pepper soup and bread was vegan and also soya free.   I always feel a sense of relief, when you chat to people, who really do want to look after their customers, she confirmed the soup was fine and even showed me the ingredients list for the bread.   I had a quick chat with her husband, who was equally helpful and it was apparent they wanted to be informed about allergies, by the large sign hanging on the counter.




The soup was delicious, full of flavour, a hearty portion and with the bread, the perfect reviver on a cold walk.   Steven had the apple and ginger soup, which I am pretty sure would be vegan, as all the options that could be served dairy free, were clearly labelled on the menu and it was one of them and he agreed with me, the soups were spot on.

I would definitely revisit Graze, when next in the Lakes and I am sure any other vegans, visiting would get equally well looked after.