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Teacup Launches Evening Menu

Lynda Moyo recommends the new mains menu at the Thomas Street café

Written by . Published on April 4th 2012.


Teacup Launches Evening Menu

THIS is no storm in a teacup. Teacup on Thomas Street really has just raised the café game.

From humble tea and cake beginnings, the Northern Quarter favourite now has an evening menu called ‘Supper and a Cuppa.’ Following  a major expansion and refit with a new kitchen and increased dining area they’ve been able to increase covers from 72 to 114. And it's lovely.

Fluffy clouds of fish and chunky chips topped off with Willy Wonka-esque salt and vinegar. The spray on liquid is actually the salt and the granules are the vinegar. Just don't ask me how.

Available Wednesday to Saturday from 6.30pm-10pm, the new menu features a selection of hearty mains and tempting puddings, plus a few unexpected surprises too. Well, they were surprises until now.

Starters are on the houseStarters are on the house

Instead of the usual bread and olives, Teacup greets you with complimentary mini jacket potatoes in a bag with a dunking sauce and a selection of raw veg with crackers. Our spuds came with a cod roe dip. Just be careful not to get carried away before you’ve reached the main event, as we did.

You’ll also get a ‘good morning’ loaf to take home and have for breakfast the following day. Another little creative touch and generous gesture, they actually bake the bread themselves.

On to the main courses, and it’ll cost you £10 for meaty options, £8 for veggie and £6 for desserts. Guests also have the option of receiving a daily text message or following the Twitter feed to find out the days’ options and book a table by text message.

Favourites of Confidential, include the cubed meat balls which, combined with the creamiest of mash, will turn to molten goodness on your tongue. Other dishes, such as the spaghetti western on toast with fennel jam, sound so wrong but taste so right, plus a small but excellent wine list from Hanging Ditch completes the evening service. And let's not forget the fish fingers and chips. Top quality, fluffy clouds of fish and chunky chips topped off with Willy Wonka-esque salt and vinegar. The spray on liquid is actually the salt and the granules are the vinegar. Just don't ask me how.

Salt and vinegar, but not as you know it.Salt and vinegar, but not as you know it

So where’s all this come from? After all, it’s a far cry from tea and cake – as much as we love those. Well, the kitchen is being headed up by Chef John Farrar whose credentials include working under legendary French Chef Pierre Koffman in London and Jeff Baker - Leeds’ first ever Michelin starred chef. John wanted a cool and creative challenge and met his match when he joined forces with DJ Mr Scruff and Gary McClarnan of Sparklestreet.

Gary said: “It’s a music promoter’s approach to food. We intend to deliver great food, not fine dining, that’s local and priced at a good rate.”

And with that, John combines his classic influences with Teacup’s homely qualities to create a comforting mains menu featuring popular dishes - the emphasis here is on attention to detail and the best ingredients.

Here’s a list of what to expect:

(Also top image) Cubed Meat Balls: Koftas with corners, mash greens and gravy(Also top image) Cubed Meat Balls: Koftas with corners, mash greens and gravy

Rarebit Chutney Toast: Mature cheddar cheese toastie with sweet dark pickleRarebit Chutney Toast: Mature cheddar cheese toastie with sweet dark pickle

Spaghetti Western on Toast: A'Brizonni pasta, chunky toast and fennel jam (v)Spaghetti Western on Toast: A'Brizonni pasta, chunky toast and fennel jam (v)

Fish Finger Feast: Fish fingers, chips and tartar creamFish Finger Feast: Fish fingers, chips and tartar cream

Eggs Brigadier: Dippies with asparagus and crispy soldiers (v)Eggs Brigadier: Dippies with asparagus and crispy soldiers (v)

Shepherd's Pie: Yummy rich lamb, carrot mash, crunchy topperShepherd's Pie: Yummy rich lamb, carrot mash, crunchy topper

Himalayan Meaty Momo: Filled with beef stew and umami vinaigretteHimalayan Meaty Momo: Filled with beef stew and umami vinaigrette

Himalayan Veggie Momo: Sesame, wakame soy and lime (v)Himalayan Veggie Momo: Sesame, wakame soy and lime (v)

Eggplant Fooyung: Baba ghanoush sticky rice omelette (v)Eggplant Fooyung: Baba ghanoush sticky rice omelette (v)

Cheeseboard Kingdom: Best of British cheeses, crackers, biscuits and chutneysCheeseboard Kingdom: Best of British cheeses, crackers, biscuits and chutneys

Teaberger Treat: Crispy toffee coated earl grey ice cream (v)Teaberger Treat: Crispy toffee coated earl grey ice cream (v)

Deconstructed Manchester TartDeconstructed Manchester Tart

Messy Pleasure: Raspberry dessert, Eton style (v)Messy Pleasure: Raspberry dessert, Eton style (v)

Valrhona Rich Chocolate Cake: A Madagascan marvel (v)Valrhona Rich Chocolate Cake: A Madagascan marvel (v)

For reservations contact Teacup on 0161 850 0833 or text 24TEA to 88802

Teacup On Thomas St, 53 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA

www.teacupandcakes.com  www.casualmanna.com

Follow Teacup on Twitter @teacupandcakes

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19 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

PaulaApril 4th 2012.

This looks pretty amazing!!

AlfonzApril 4th 2012.

Looks amazing, shame the service however friendly in there is diabolically slow!

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AnonymousApril 4th 2012.

It was slow service, but it has improved now. There are plenty of places with fast, but moody service in manchester, at least the staff there are friendly and helpful.

SmittyApril 5th 2012.

Our local chippy has a sign that says "we serve great food, not fast food". I like the sentiment. Why the rush Alfonz? Chill!

AlfonzApril 5th 2012.

Every time I've been in there, I've had to wait ages, there's a queue out the door because the tables aren't being turned over quickly enough! the orders are invariably wrong. I like my service to be friendly and efficient. I do enjoy taking my time over food - Not waiting for it! That's just stupidity! Sign of a crap chippy if its not turning the fish and chips round quick enough. There's a beauty in Alti market square - One of the best chippies I've ever eaten in and that's saying something I'm from the seaside, no matter how busy it is you never wait longer than 5-10 minutes.. Anon there are loads of places with friendly and efficient service in town not too far away that are cheaper too!

BenApril 4th 2012.

Erm, looking to me more like food from the tasting menu of a upmarket restaurant. Fair enough, but Teacup's atmosphere has never really struck me as that kind of place. Manchester already has enough places dealing in style over substance.

Teacup's previous evening meal ventures might have been more successful if they weren't so overpriced - if they're pitching informality I don't expect a plate of meatballs and rice to cost £10. Compare that to Leon in London. The increase in covers is also slightly concerning give they barely managed to provide a passable service to half that number.

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AnonymousApril 4th 2012.

Ben, why not give it a try and then shout out from actual experience. Let's see if it can sweeten your bitterness.

BenApril 6th 2012.

Anon, was tempted, but then saw this so no thanks:

http://t.co/122WfDvy
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http://bit.ly/Hs3PVH

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SmittyApril 5th 2012.

I want to eat this entire menu...

AnonymousApril 5th 2012.

My Last Teacup Experience:
1. Arrived and was promptly seated
2. Ordered my food and drink
3. Waited 30 minutes
4. Tea finally arrived at the same time as my food.
5. Ate my meal to the sound of a 'manager' bollocking a waitress FOH who then began to cry.
6. Watched as other staff members tried to avoid the tactless 'manager' with looks of concern on their faces.
7. Paid and left wishing I hadn't bothered.

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AlfonzApril 5th 2012.

Apparently waiting 30 minutes in the new cool mate! :)

The manager is a tool!

AnonymousApril 11th 2012.

the manager has gone. they are looking for a new restaurant manager. why not give it a go alfonz? I can already hear your cogs forming a half empty response to this message!

BenApril 5th 2012.

I should add to the above that I've never encountered grumpy service at Teacup, just slow.

AnonymousApril 7th 2012.

New manager now with new evening menu , and the article says its not fine dining its awesome tasty super ....and best desserts in the city

AnonymousApril 8th 2012.

Amazing how many reviews of Teacup and it's former incarnations slate the service. You'd think they'd have sorted it out by now. Tsk!

Miki ChristiApril 8th 2012.

I went to Teacup last night after trying to go to the not so sercret Almost Famous burger joint ( there was a maasive queue) I got to Teacup at around 7pm, i was shown to a table immediatly and withing five mins i had the starter on the table and a wine list in my hand. I loved the amazing starter, my friend ordered the rarebit which was excellent and i ordered the Eggs Brigader which i do not recommend as my first lot of eggs were hard boiled and when i was given two more one of those was hard two and i couldt face trying again!!! We shared the decontructed Manchester Tart for desert which was quite frankly amazing!! The bill was £33.50 for a shared starter, two mains, a shared desert, a really good bottle of red and as we were leaving we were given a bag with a morning loaf in it. I think the service was friendly and attentive and would highly recommend it .

Chris HuytonOctober 16th 2012.

stumbled across this quaint little cafe last sunday, wasnt too keen on the wait 15 mins approx, food v good price was a little salty excuse the pun, one tea, one coffee, two cakes £14 pricey but would go again

Hero
Swiss JamesApril 19th 2013.

Really miss this. Does anyone know where the chef is now?

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