Manchester has so many restaurants with new names popping up all the time. I reckon you could eat out every night for a good few years without visiting the same restaurant twice in this city. The new names have been regular but fairly samey with plenty of burger bars, Italians and pop ups for you to try. Now it’s time for something different – let me introduce you to Baltic Cellar.
Baltic Cellar is a combination of Baltic, Polish and Russian cuisine located on Lloyd Street. Located downstairs you will find a wide open space which is surprisingly well lit considering its basement location. Being Eastern European themed there is also a vodka theme with a huge variety of brands to try from.
Housed in this pretty wooden box was the best (of many…) vodkas that we tried on the opening night. Smooth and so easy to drink, this was the perfect sipping vodka.
As if this pretty vodka and standard vodka wasn’t enough, we were also served vodka from a Kalashnikov shaped bottle. The girls you can see in the Russian hats were ‘in charge’ of serving vodka to the table. You can imagine how that went down.
We tried the salted herring and Russian salad to start. Both excellent and I particularly liked the herring which had a lovely soft texture. The Russian salad was also good with crunchy vegetables bound in a light dressing. I’d have buy cymbalta usa liked it to be slightly creamier.
Mains included lots of pork and chicken in mushroom based sauces. I am not a fan so steered clear although the rest of the table gobbled these down. The shashlik was delicious with that lovely chargrilled taste to the outside with the meat being lovely and juicy. I particularly liked the salmon served with creamy mashed potatoes. Also chargrilled the salmon was meaty and not at all dry whilst the mash was creamy and smooth.
The sharing platter of desserts allowed us to try a bite of different ones on offer from the menu. The chocolate cake was a bit too sweet for me and I’ve had liked more of a ‘chocolatey’ taste to the sponge which was a little bland. The napoleon cake 100% made up for it though. Layers of thin pastry with cream similar to a mille-feuille was just gorgeous and something I will definitely order when I return!
On the whole the menu is fairly healthy with lots of soups, salads and grilled meats to choose from. This makes it much easier for someone trying to follow a clean diet to come here so perfect for me, vodka is clean right?!
I was invited to the launch of this event as a guest and wasn’t asked to pay for the food or drink. Thanks to Baltic Cellar for some of the images used above.