Restaurant Review for Albert Schloss Manchester, Summer 2017
I was kindly invited to dine at Albert Schloss last week, a German themed restaurant based in Spinningfields in Manchester.
Albert Schloss is famous for its live entertainment, music and specialises in beer from the bohemian region of Germany. They have ten heritage beers on offer amongst a plethora of cocktails. When I was asked to do a food review I was a little bit surprised – I always paired Albert’s with dancing and cocktails, not food!
Decorated with hundreds of flower droplets, the entrance of Alberts is one to remember. On arrival the Albert Schloss staff were welcoming and attentive. The atmosphere was lively, as expected for a Friday summer evening. We were seated to the left, by the window, set back from the bustling bar. Although separated, the Friday night buzz acoustics made it a little bit hard to hear.
After being seated we were given 5 minutes to look through their extensive cocktail menu. We opted for 3 different to share between us;
Rose Garten Mojito
Havana 3 yr rum, Lanique rose petal liqueur, mint, lime, soda
Pomegranate, Raspberry and Rose fizz
Rosé Prosecco, Berentzen wild fruit schnapps, raspberries, lime, pomegranate.
Smokey Old fashioned
Smokey Woodford Reserve bourbon, hickory smoke, Angostura bitters, dried orange wheel, ice ball
The cocktails were very well presented and all tasted unique. My favourite was the old fashioned, surprisingly, as I usually prefer a fresher cocktail.
To start we shared two dishes; a beetroot and feta hummus and Spanish meatballs. The meatballs were very juicy with a rich tomato sauce. They were served with a generous helping of goats cheese and chopped parsley. The saltiness of the cheese and fragrant parsley complimented the rich tones in the tomato sauce. In contract, the hummus offered a refreshing burst of flavour. Due to my wheat intolerance, we asked for a selection of vegetables to use as dipping tools our server kindly provided. Both starters were delicious and evidently enjoyed – as we mopped up every last speckle of beetroot and tomato sauce.
The Main Event
I must confess, I kind of cheated with my choice. I had previously asked a friend if she had any recommendations on what to order and she’d suggested the steak which totally worked in my favour. I had asked for me steak to be cooked rare, and it was perfect.
The steak was infused with rosemary which gave an incredible aroma. As sides I had a light salad, greens and diane sauce. I was a little disappointed that the sauce was cold on arrival and needed to be sent back, otherwise the meal was perfect. We also shared a truffle and cheese mash potato as an additional side.
Joe had the open chicken kebab, which was presented beautifully. The chicken was seasoned with aromatic flavours, served on a bed of green salad. It was then finished with a light yogurt dressing.
If only we could make room for dessert. After two courses and a round of cocktails we kindly refused the offer for a third course. Nonetheless, as we got ready to leave our waiter presented a little bag and explained that the chef wanted us to take some desserts home to try, which was greatly received, especially by Joe.
If you are looking for a lively venue for a weekend with good food and entertainment then Albert Schloss is a great one to add to the list. It also makes a great starting point as it’s surrounded by a host of bars and clubs, or better yet, as it offers everything stay all night
Customer Service: 8/10