Simple – Northern Quarter

simple-bar-manchesterSome might say Simple is a Northern Quarter institution, it’s been there for as long as I can remember. After a little internet snooping I found out that it’s been on Tib Street since 2001 so no wonder I can’t remember a time with out it, it’s almost as old as the “Northern Quarter” itself. It’s survived a boom in competition, a visit from my mother and major scandal involving a camera and a peeing men.

Before I get onto the food I think I’d better mention my favourite thing about Simple, they have an outside dining area. Not a couple of tables threatening to fall onto the double yellows or three metal chairs in a yard around the back. They have a proper raised outside seating area! If I’m honest thats the main reason I choose to eat there that day. It was suprisingly sunny so everyone must eat outside.

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If you go before 3pm Monday to Friday then you can get the lunch time deal. Which means £5.95 for a sandwich/ salad/ light thing and a soft drink, which sounded pretty good to me. But £5.95 for a sandwich (come on I was never going to pick a salad) with fries and a drink seems a little too good to be true and in my opinion it was. When my Fig, caramelised onion and goats cheese sandwich arrived I wasn’t too happy for a number of reasons. Now I might be nit picking here but I think there is a huge difference between caramelised and sweated onions, these where most definitely not caramelised. The figs weren’t too hot on flavour either and the cheese was a little on the thin side. Thank god for the salt shaker. The fries seemed suspiciously like those you can find in a freezer so once again thank god for the salt shaker. The highlight of this dish was easily the french dressing which was a punchy tangy treat. I’ve no idea if they make it in house but even if it’s out of a bottle I don’t overly care, it lightened the situation.

simple-bar-menuThen to Chris’ Halloumi, sun-dried tomato and green pesto sandwich which was served with a mixed leaf salad. I’m the guy’s girlfriend so obviously I had to try a bit of his as well, whether he liked it or not. The halloumi was very thin but for £5.95 I don’t think you can really argue about quantity. Other than the lack of cheese the sandwich was fresh, tasty and it did the job. I was pretty jealous I hadn’t picked the safe halloumi choice my self. Honestly I thought Simple would have been a safe choice all over but I think next time I’ll enjoy my lemonade in the sun then slope off for food elsewhere.

simple-bar-vegetarianThe meal on my plate, I bought it. Coz I depend on me. 

So what do you think?

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