Seb and I were down in the Northern Quarter going through the numerous galleries in the area (as you do) when we walked past Cane and Grain. With a name like Cane and Grain, we couldn’t resist popping in for a bite.
Rum, Ribs, Bourbon and Beer? Yes please!
The interiors and the exteriors screams trendy (just like everything else in the Northern Quarter) while still managing to stand out from the other shops and restaurants on Thomas Street. The property is split over three floors with Cane and Grain taking up pride of place on the ground floor. The first floor has a very elegant bar complete with antique glassware and copper bar tops followed by the The Liars Lounge on the floor above which is the second incarnation of the award winning Tiki Dive Bar and Caribbean Rum Shop. Three floors with three very different concepts – so much to choose from.
The interiors at Cane and Grain couldn’t get more 80’s skate scene if it tried – an ode to Cast, the skateboard shop that occupied the space prior to Cane and Grain setting up shop here and I love it!
I especially love this wall covered in cutout skate board pieces – yes, slightly OTT but it somehow works. And besides, you CANNOT go wrong with a bit of David Bowie on the walls!
Cane and Grain has a well stocked bar complete with a good collection of draught and craft beers from around the world. The bar menu also features an excellent collection of cocktails (obviously).
We grabbed a seat by the bar and browsed through the food menus created by Dog Bowl chef Barry Gamble. I like the simplicity of the options here – when they said ‘Rum, Ribs, Bourbon and Beer’ they definitely meant it! It does summarise the options quite well actually.
We started off with some Bacon Popcorn while we waited for our ribs to arrive. Unfortunately the popcorn didn’t work for me – I couldn’t taste the bacon at all but it was good to munch on while we waited. I am not going to be ordering this again.
And then our main arrived! Seb and I decided to share a whole rack of the Baby Back Pork Ribs with a side of Bourbon Sauce. I am so glad we decided to share this monster – I would have definitely struggled to finish this on my own.
Eating ribs was always going to be messy but Seb and I unapolgetically devoured this rack – it was tender, succulent and full of flavour. The bourbon sauce which our waitress suggested was fab too – it perfectly complimented the ribs. These guys know their ribs and nobody can take that away from them.
We also ordered a few sides to go with our ribs – half a portion of Truffle Mac and Cheese and Americas’s favourite little side – the Corn Bread Loaf. The Truffle Mac and Cheese was a little too watery for my liking and truffle flavour was very subtle. It wasn’t my favourite side but it wasn’t too bad either – all in all, a pretty average portion of Mac and Cheese. Enough said.
The Corn Bread Loaf on the other hand was anything but average. It was definitely some of the best corn bread I have ever had – definitely going to be ordering this again!
The sides were really nice but the show stopper was definitely that unapologetic rack of ribs. I am most definitely going to be coming back for some more.
So what did I think of Cane and Grain? It’s one hell of a addition to the drinking joints in the Northern Quarter. With regards to the food, I have always been a fan of restaurants that specialise in a particular niche and Cane and Grain has got their ribs down to a tee! They still have some tweaking to do with regards to the other options on the food menu but I think this will happen naturally as they find their feet in the crowded restaurant scene in Manchester.
Cane and Grain has a lot going for them – excellent service, quirky interiors, those amazing ribs and it’s not too heavy on the pocket either. I really like it and can’t wait to go back to try some more.