Holly, Pippa, Seb and I had quite a late one on Saturday night. We didn’t get back home till about 4 am, which meant Sunday morning wasn’t pretty. We really (and I mean really) wanted some food to wake us up so we decided to try a new restaurant that has opened up on Oxford Road called Kitchenette.
Kitchenette is the new slick restaurant owned by Mud Crab Industries that has taken the place of the ageing Italian restaurant Felicini’s. Mud Crab Industries isn’t new to the food scene, they operate quite a few restaurants up North including Mud Crab at the Grinch on the other side of town. Kitchenette is their newest addition that serves ‘high class junk food’.
I like the entrance to Kitchenette, it really does stand out with the flower pots made out of tins and the greenery that frames the entrance. We rocked up at around 1pm and FOH staff greeted us at the door and told us to take a seat wherever we wanted. The restaurant itself is quite a big, long space and comes with seating on two floors along with quite a snazzy bar.
We took a seat near one of the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the canal and our waiter handed us our menus.The menus here can be quite confusing and it’s something our hungover brains took a while to analyse. But we got the hang of it in the end with a little bit of help from our waiter.
Seb and I decided to share two starters. We started with the Kitchenette Nachos with Chilli Beef Brisket which Seb and I gobbled down in less than 5 minutes. It was exactly what we needed to wake us up – fresh, crispy and full of flavour.
We also shared a
plate takeaway box of Paprika Dusted Calamari. I love the subtle hints of the Asian influence in the menu. I though the takeaway boxes were a brilliant touch. I was however slightly disappointed with the calamari as they were soggy.
Pippa and Holly shared a plate of Roast Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Quesadilla. These were perfectly made and the bits of roast pumpkin sneaking out of the cheese filled quesadilla made you want to dig in.
After we finished with our starters, it was time for our mains and we were excited.
Holly went for the Duck and Sweet Potato Hash which comes topped with two deep fried eggs! Yes, two deep fried eggs! This was definitely the dish of the day for me. The deep fried eggs were so different to anything I have ever tried before and the duck was nice and tender too. Kitchenette are definitely onto a winner with this dish!
Seb and Pippa on the advice of our waiter went for the Kitchenette speciality which happens to be Fluffy Steamed Hirata Buns, served with kimchi pickle, gem lettuce and sriracha. You had the option to fill your buns with a variety of filling including chargrilled steak, fried oyster mushrooms or even tempura fried sea bass.
Seb decided to go for the Pulled Mojo Pork to fill his Hirata buns and it was definitely the right choice. The pork was juicy and tender and the crushed peanut sprinkles complimented the dish perfectly.
Seb enjoyed making his own buns and filling it to the brim with the pork filling. Definitely something I will be ordering in the future.
I wanted something greasy and I was over the moon when I saw the Original Dirty Burger on the menu. The dirty burger came with pulled pork and BBQ topped cheese burger and a massive portion of fries. Doesn’t that just look amazing?
It’s not as messy as the burgers at Almost Famous or as big as the burgers at Reds True BBQ, its a good happy medium. Sometimes you just want a burger that is simple, manageable and delicious, and the burger at Kitchenette definitely delivers on all three counts.
Doesn’t that just look amazing? It tasted just as good as it looks!
The desserts on the menu looked immense and included options like Lemon & Yuzu Meringue Pie and Chocolate Cake in a Jar but we had tried enough food to last us a few days so decided to skip pudding and go for a nap instead. At least we have a reason to go back now!
Seb and Pippa happily posed for the camera as we waited for the bill which we paid and decided to head back home to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon.
So will Kitchenette find its place in the busy food scene in Manchester? With a few tweaks, I think they will. They serve up a rare combination of hybrid fusion flavours which is definitely unique (and delicious). Service leaves a lot to be desired for but I suspect that will improve with time. I definitely will be going back to try some of their other dishes on the menu. Roasted Duck Leg anyone?