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Pinchjo’s – The Best Things Come on Taster Plates…

February 25, 2011

We thought that the latest Pinchjo’s event was going to be something special when we arrived last night. Not only was the lovely little Burton Road restaurant packed to the rafters – thanks to Liz & Gary for saving for those seats for us – but Joe was looking rather resplendent in a snazzy jacket. Although he was the usual host with the most, it was clear that this evening meant a lot to Joe and the team – and they delivered, with real style!

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

First taster plate of the evening consisted of the most done to perfection halloumi cheese, with green beans and juicy, succulent cherry tomatoes with a gorgeous home made dressing.

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

The lamb koftas are a particular Pinchjo’s favourite of ours, and again, these didn’t disappoint, served as they were with a cool  cucumber dip and garnished with peppery rocket leaves. They were delicious. Next up were exceptionally tasty skewered chicken pieces and rice salad with a pesto dressing, followed by the next taster course of chickpeas with chorizo and onion, accompanied by a fresh feta salad. Mmm…

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Although the taster plates may look small, believe you me there were enough of them and each one was satisfyingly filling. The staff judged the timing of each course to perfection – as well as making sure that glasses were kept topped up. (And talking of drinks, should you opt for the house white wine, this isn’t bog standard – it’s a cheeky little number from Reserve Wines on Burton Road, called “Borsoa”. Another Didsbury Life recommendation). Particular excitement was expressed by the introduction of Estrella on draught – served in proper Estrella glasses too. We love attention to detail like this.

Pincho spiced cod, served on a bed of fresh spinach and tomato was the next mouth-watering offering. Once again – cooked to perfection and followed by chickpeas and spinach with cumin and paprika.

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Final savoury dish was Spanish marinated mushrooms – I shan’t dwell too much on describing the deliciousness of these particular mushrooms, but they went down a real treat on our table. Apart from with Liz. It’s not that she didn’t like them. Unfortunately for her, they went down *so* well, they’d run out. However, I’m sure that she will be eternally grateful to me for telling her that they were very lovely indeed and that she should definitely order them next time 🙂

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Pinchjo's, West Didsbury

Last up was the orange chococlate ganache – a rich, thick, dark chocolate mousse infused with orange and shards of orange peel. What a way to end!

All in all, a fabulous evening. Huge thanks to Joe, Corrine, Matthew and all of the team for ensuring that we were all fed and watered in fine style. Just make sure you head down to Pinchjo’s and try out the menu – you can book ahead through Joe’s website, so you’ve no excuse!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Elliot T permalink
    March 1, 2011 5:21 pm

    When I went there I was served the nastiest plate of patatas bravas I’ve ever had. But this looks a hell of a lot better. Either that or you’ve photoshopped the burnst bits and the pools of grease from the photos.

  2. March 1, 2011 5:45 pm

    Can’t tell you how amazing this food was – definitely worth a revisit – Helen

  3. Simon Manning permalink
    March 1, 2011 7:20 pm

    @Elliot T – you must’ve been unlucky mate. We’ve eaten there many times and never been disappointed. Give them another go…

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