A family meal to celebrate my partners birthday.
Third visit to Albert's Shed for me (also visited Alberts in Didsbury a couple of times). I always enjoy eating here and the location in Castlefield just adds to the experience. The atmosphere is always lively and overall this is a pleasant, modern restaurant.
We had a variety of starters and these were all well received by our party. I ordered bruschetta which was tasty however, as with the mushrooms on toast that a couple of our party had too, the amount of tomato and mushrooms on the respective plates were sizable and could probably be reduced.
Main courses of steaks (fillet and sirloin), lamb, chicken and seafood were again all very well received. The steaks and lamb were all beautifully cooked to the required orders and vegetables and sauces again well presented and tasty.
The theme continued to the sweets which again were well presented and of good sized portions. Overall, food was very good and everyone enjoyed their meal.
We had a couple of bottles of wine with the meal, a Zinfandel Rose and my partner and I chose a Portugese red. This was a step away from our normal Argentinian, Chilean and Spanish choice and was a pleasant surprise and complimented our steaks beautifully. The wine and additional drinks (including after dinner liqueurs) were all reasonably priced and as such, good value.
A couple of negative issues -
We did have to wait a few minutes at the entrance whilst someone came to greet us and we were not given the option of a drink in the seating area before going top our table (we were booked for 8 pm and arrived around a quarter of an hour early).
Some of the starter plates had finger marks around the edges (this looked like a kitchen issue since the waiters(resses) were using napkins to serve the dishes.
There was a delay at the end of our evening of around quarter of an hour from ordering liqueurs to these being served.
These didn't detract from our evening and we enjoyed our visit to the restaurant and it was a lovely setting for our celebration.
Will we eat at Albert's Shed again - of course we will!