[Cheadle, Greater Manchester] Nice Ice - pop-up restaurant
OK, so this is one of those threads where I just know no-one is ever going to visit the place.
Nice Ice is a cafe not far from home. Good coffee, nice daytime snacks, decent locally made ice cream (Dunham Massey). The owner is a chef by trade and, to keep his hand in (as he puts it), he's now opening one evening a month as a restaurant. Three courses for sixteen quid (bring yer own booze) - it had to be worth a punt.
Two choices at each course. It kicked off with a smoked haddock and potato soup (which I suppose is a sassanach's cullen skink), drizzle of creme fraiche, drizzle of parsley oil). It was pretty good. So was a salad - in so much as any salad can be pretty good. This one came with rocket, goats cheese and what were described as slow roasted tomato but tasted to me like sun dried toms from a jar (nothing wrong with that - I like sundried).
First main was a steamed chicken breast stuffed wih an underflavoured leek mousse. It sat on some wilted spinach and a crisp (if somewhat burnt) potato rosti. A bland cream sauce just added to the overall blandess.
Similarly, the veggie alternative was not a resounding success. Some green salad, grilled courgette and red pepper and big croutons of a rosemary focaccia. Nothing to complain about but you'd have done a better job yourself at home.
For dessert, we passed on the ice cream and ordered the warm chocolate tart . Came with a sharp, perhaps overly sharp, raspberry compote and a dollop of clotted cream. I quite liked this - but then I'm a bit of a fan of choccie desserts.
So, food had been distinctly average and, although £15.95 is the going rate for a "special offer" three courses round here, there are several places with much better offerings. Service had been amateurish - they had no record of our changed booking (from two to four), there was a faff to reset the table which was now too small. And to find a couple of chairs. And it took two requests for napkins.
I doubt if we'll be troubling them again in the near future but perhaps we're picky - place was packed.