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A Sunday Roast With A Difference…

April 15, 2012

Sunday seems the right day to blog about our visit to Greens Restaurant on Easter Sunday – for a roast. Yes, we know it’s a vegetarian restaurant, but that’s no reason not to be able to have a twist on a roast. And sometimes, it’s nice to have something just a little bit different.

We had an initial taster dish of vegetarian black pudding – I always love the look of black pudding and so much want to like it, but the thought of its ingredients make me shudder. So, a veggie option is a winner with me. Although may be not with black pudding purists…

Vegetarian Black Pudding - Greens, West Didsbury

Vegetarian Black Pudding - Greens, West Didsbury

Not taking heed of the advice that the main course is actually quite filling, starters were ordered. Arancini  (pesto risotto balls with creamy tapenade dipping sauce) and fried halloumi with pea, mint & caper salad – I didn’t trythe arancini but was assured it was delicious. The halloumi was perfect – juicy halloumi, and golden brown on the outside with the most gorgeous pureed peas…

Halloumi starter, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Halloumi starter, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Arancini starter, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Arancini starter, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

The Sunday Roast option was indeed very popular, many diners clearly opting for it. We’re not vegetarian. Although not huge meat eaters, a good old traditional roast generally does the trick. But this veggie one – wow! We had hazelnut & pecan roast with all the usual trimmings – roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and vegetables. All included in the price too – no having to order additional veg. I do so much wish I had listened when I was told that the roast is large – and filling – and maybe not had the starter on this occasion, because I did actually struggle to finish. But finish I did – I wasn’t prepared to leave a morsel of this loveliness!

Sunday Roast - veggie, of course, at Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Sunday Roast - veggie, of course, at Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Sunday Roast, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury - done & dusted

Sunday Roast, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury - done & dusted

I know when I’m beaten, so I said no on the pudding front, despite much temptation. However, an additional spoon came in very handy when I just couldn’t resist the Sticky Toffee Pudding which arrived, across the table. This was absolutely divine – especially when accompanied by a dessert wine, described perfectly as “Christmas in a glass” – convincing even at Easter!

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Greens Restaurant, West Didsbury

Because it was Easter, we went a little more over board, but if you just fancy the roast dinner (served all day Sunday until 9.00pm), with all the trimmings, you can really eat well for £11.95. Highly recommended if you want a roast that’s just a little bit different – and if you want to check what else Greens is up to, have a look at their Didsbury Life profile.

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