Restaurant Review – Greens – Didsbury, Greater Manchester

 Ali of Team DC found herself hungry in Manchester, here’s what she found:

Trendy Didsbury in Manchester has a street of tempting, laid-back cafes with attractive, artsy punters enjoying their late lunches on a Saturday afternoon. Shuffling along in t-shirt and jeans, I hope we’re not under-dressed. It’s my first time in the area since recently moving from London, and I’m seeking out the best vegetarian restaurants. An internet search has brought me here, to Greens.

As soon as we walk in the door, I know I needn’t have worried. Greens has a laid-back, welcoming vibe that would suit a special occasion just as much as our planned casual lunch. We’re shown to our table by a confident, bearded waiter, with a hipster-edge that somehow matches the ambience of the place. This is a cool café. Minimalist table design, funky décor and water served in unique blue glasses.

As two hungry vegetarians, this restaurant is like stepping into a creative taste bud dance party. The menu screams veggie paradise as soon as we sit, and we want to try everything… But, we settle for 2 starters, 2 mains, a taster of the incredible veggie black pudding with mustard mayo and a legally binding agreement that we will share all the food. The spiced fried tofu katsu curry is satisfyingly filling, but when the dessert menu arrives, I can’t resist the peanut butter cheesecake with strawberry jam and peanut brittle. It’s sensational.

The service throughout was impeccable. Attentive, yet discreet. Knowledgeable of the product, but without being pretentious. Perfectly balanced.

We discovered Greens by accident, but it’s well known in Manchester. Apparently when Simon Rimmer opened the restaurant he didn’t know how to cook. Well, whatever the books were that he bought to learn, they did just the job. It left two ex-London vegetarians with very happy tummies, and I think meat eaters would be equally impressed.

As they say on their website, ‘Vegetarians love us… You will, too!’.

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