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“Cannot fault this place”
Review of Damson Restaurant - CLOSED

Damson Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

This was my second visit to Damson Media City since it opened in February 2013. On both occasions I have tried the early bird menu, not only is it good value, but the food, service and everything about this place is amazing. Great addition to the quays, breaks to mould of chain food outlets in the area. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank Jo E
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Since the Lowry Theatre opened in 2000 there have been a few short-lived attempts to open a serious restaurant in the vicinity but none have lasted very long. Most recently, if you weren't satisfied with Pizza Express or Cafe Rouge the only sensible alternative was to eat in Manchester city centre which for those going to a match or the theatre is not ideal. The arrival of Media City (and presumably not a few media types accustomed to the variety and quality of London eateries) has brought an offshoot of Heaton Moor's Damson to the area and on first inspection it will offer consistently pleasant food, albeit at London rather than Salford prices.

An early opening time of 5.00 takes account of sporting and theatrical customers needing food before rather than after the main event of their evening. Indeed, having assumed there might be a fairly slow start to service I was quite surprised to manage a 3-course meal and coffee comfortably within the hour and without any sense of being rushed. (On the other hand, perhaps this was because solitary diners occupying good tables and reading books but drinking no alcohol are best moved on as quickly as possible.)

My first impression of Damson was of a large and handsome room with a glass-fronted wine cellar to the rear and large picture windows framing the Lowry, the War Museum and the tram stop (but not Old Trafford, which is concealed from view). Tables were well-spaced and those actually against the window set for couples not groups. Service was impressive: staff are mostly young, cheerful and proficient.

The meal taken as a whole was very satisfying without hitting any culinary heights. The warm bread roll was no better than you'd find in most restaurant chains. I enjoyed my rich chicken liver and foie gras parfait but it was again not an exceptional version and the amount of rhubarb chutney and toasted potato bread accompanying it were both on the parsimonious side. My main course of slow-cooked pork belly on a bed of pickled white cabbage, apple puree and golden raisins was accompanied by an unusual but hearty Lancashire cheese hash brown with large pieces of almost molten black pudding running through it. Best of all was the dessert, a long, thin strip of Catalan tart with orange sauce drizzled over and accompanied by firm but tasty miniature doughnuts and vanilla foam. My espresso was no better than adequate - I may be mistaken but I suspected the work of a Nespresso machine rather than the skilled hand of a barrista.

Pricing here is genuinely puzzling. Although there is a 'pre-match' menu served from 5.00 to 6.30, dishes on it are charged individually and, so far as I could see, at exactly the same cost as on the a la carte. Since it is also possible to order from the a la carte as soon as the restaurant opens and you can mix and match dishes, I couldn't really see the point of the separate menus. A total cost of just over £35 for a well-cooked 3-course meal with coffee (tap water, no alcohol) is not unreasonable when you consider you could pay nearly as much at Bella Italia in the Lowry Outlet Mall but it is certainly not bargain basement. The dearth of opposition is currently Damson's biggest asset but were it not for that fact it is unlikely I would become a regular diner. That's not intended as a major criticism, I enjoyed all three of my dishes, but the location and the evident investment in the restaurant left me with the impression that the owners could be aiming much higher than simply outperforming the mediocre bunch of alternatives in the neighbourhood.

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Thank LaDolceVita27
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a welcome change to find somewhere a little more refined than the usual fare on offer around the Quays at Salford. We had the pre theatre menu, which was good value although with limited choice, but you can mix and match off the al a carte menu. As a previous review, food service and ambience couldn't fault. It's situated on an upper level which affords great views, but is still accessible for folks with a disability, having a lift to the upper floor. I look forward to going back again and not just a pre theatre visit.

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Thank mango33
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Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

We arrived here to find a welcoming environment with friendly staff. Unfortunately the food did not blow us away, don't get me wrong the food was good but just lacked some interesting flavor and inventiveness. Scallops to start was £11 and you got 3 of them ! Little bit pricey, but they were not anything special. Cod for main, again edible and nice bit of cod but should be for £18. It's only been open a month so hopefully things will only get better. We won't be back unfortunately.

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Thank Lancashire_Freckle
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The food , service and ambience could not be faulted in any repect.

The restaurant decor is stunning almost too nice for Salford. A very welcome addition to the Steven Pilling

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Thank Veederman
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