As I sit writing this I kind of know it is pretty pointless. Most Manchester food bloggers don’t both reviewing Solita anymore. A well-established restaurant in the Northern Quarter serving some of the best burgers in the North West, Mancunians know it is good. So good it doesn’t need reviewing. So instead of reviewing its new sister restaurant in Didsbury I thought I’d share Carl’s beautiful photographs and tell you a bit about it instead.
Co-owners Franco Sotgiu and Simon Pogson opened the Northern Quarter restaurant in 2012 with the aim to deliver an American grill with a dash of Italian flair. Known for their social media presence and great way of engaging with their customers through Twitter, many attendees of the Didsbury launch party had won their places via a Twitter competition, Solita have moved South with their new restaurant taking the large premises previously housing Cibo and La Tasca.
Franco explains, “We’re excited; at last we’re almost here. We took our time, hoping to get it just right. We had to completely gut the kitchen and the interior has been transformed. As for the food –we’ve added to the menu, which we know is loved in Manchester but we wanted to add a lighter touch too. Of course we’re looking forward to bringing our burgers south of Manchester, we have some exciting new ones to reveal as we open.”
Having visited when the site was La Tasca and Cibo I can attest to the changes that have been made. The whole place seems much lighter with some beautiful lighting, neon signage and colourful artwork. Manchester illustrator Stan Chow, official illustrator of New Yorker magazine, has provided some incredible bespoke commissions and Manchester graffiti artist Russell Mehan has designed a Manchester themed 10 metre wall mural. To compliment these amazingly colourful pieces the seating is luxurious buy cipro online with studs of colour. There are banquettes, booths and regular tables and chairs providing a huge choice of seating as well as a south facing alfresco dining terrace to watch the people of Didsbury pass by.
The menu echoes some of the favourites found on the Northern Quarter menu such as the Manc-Hattan and beautiful grain fed Angus steaks. Whilst I’m not reviewing the food I did get to visit during the training week ahead of the opening. I opted for one of these steaks and I’d definitely recommend it. Soft and buttery meat at its best.
As well as these firm favourites you will also find the lighter touch, as explained by Franco above. Charcoal grilled chicken, grilled fish and the day and seafood skewers provide something a bit different for Didsbury residents as does the new jaffa cake ice cream pie with Grand Marnier sauce. I tried the latter too; and if you’re not a Didsbury resident? You need to hop on the tram and try it too.
The previous restaurants at this site just haven’t managed to use the space to its capacity. It is a large site, now with 120 covers, but Solita have the kind of cult following to keep this place full most nights. And judging by the Twitter feed this is proving to be the case. I’d recommend you book but they do keep some tables back for walk ins, I just wouldn’t want you to be disappointed. And trust me, if you are turned away due to being full, you will be.
I visited Solita, Didsbury during the training week. Food was complimentary to anyone attending but we paid for our drinks. This was available to anyone who booked. All views are honest and my own opinion. Thanks to Carl Sukonik for the photographs.