Fine dining is not something I do often – when I go out for meals, it’s the standard ‘a la carte’ menu, not that I’m complaining, but Pier 8 at The Lowry in Salford Quays was another level of cuisine. I was invited to try their menu on a very sunny summer evening, and I was more than impressed with their offering.
The Lowry is a theatre I spent a lot of time at whilst I was studying drama at school, but I wasn’t even aware they had a restaurant there. As well as their wine and dine menu, they also have a set pre-theatre menu, where you can pick two or three courses.
We visited on a Friday evening, and the restaurant was really busy and the outside area was full of people soaking up the sun. We were seated by the window which had a view across the quays and across to the Imperial War Museum, which was sparkling in the sunshine. Our drink and food orders were quickly taken which left us enough time to soak up the atmosphere of the restaurant.
For starter, I went for the seared scallop, sweetcorn, pancetta and caramelised onion brulee, and Jordan had the beef wellington, smoked date, pickled mushroom, chard and beetroot jus. I absolutely adore scallops and tend to order them if I come across them on a menu because they are a little bit pricey to make ourselves. The beef wellington was cooked to perfection as well and was a good size portion to have for a starter.
When it came to the main, I was torn between the three cheese risotto (because obviously…) and the pan-fried cod, but decided to go for the latter. The piece of cod was huge and really meaty, and with it came a salt cod croquette, spring peas, kale and a lemon butter sauce, all of which were the perfect accompaniment. Jordan went for the herb-crusted pork loin, maple bacon, shoulder bonbon, parsnip and pear.
The third and final course is always my favourite with any meal, as a real sweet tooth person. We decided to share two desserts between us, which were firstly the triple chocolate gateau, cherry, praline curd and cherry ice cream and secondly lemon mille-feuille, pistachio cream with raspberry meringue, both of which were the perfect end to the meal.
The one thing I was worried about was that with fine dining, the portions wouldn’t be enough to fill us up, but that is definitely a myth as we were both nice and full when we left.
I would say that the prices were a little higher than I would usually pay for a meal, but the quality of the food was amazing, and definitely up there with one of the fanciest meals I’ve ever had. It would be perfect for a special occasion where you don’t mind splurging a little bit.
Have you ever been to Pier 8? What did you think?
Our meal at Pier 8 was complimentary. All views are my own.