SoLita, where do I even begin? It’s been the talk of the town for quite a long time now. So much so, that it’s got the same ratings as Manchester House and The French on Zomato. Why does that matter? Manchester House and The French are both fine dining Michelin wannabe landmarks in Manchester whereas SoLita is a small restaurant situated in the unassuming Northern Quarter – that is one impressive feat.
This weekend, I decided to drag Seb and Matt to the Northern Quarter and see (and taste) what all the fuss was about. It was cold, wet and grey outside but it just had to be done and I am so glad I went because the food here really is something special!
SoLita is situated on the corner of Turner Street in an unassuming building, you could easily walk past it and not even realise the restaurant was there but make sure you walk in, I promise you won’t regret it.
The interiors are very basic and industrial with simple black tables and leather chairs. The feature wall covered in comics is quite cool though.
I absolutely love the bar and its red leather front. SoLita is definitely one of the smallest restaurants I have been in with less than 12 tables but it feels very cosy and you don’t feel like the space is cramped.
We took a high stool seat by the bar and browsed through the menu. The menu is extensive and full of surprises that you don’t really expect like ‘Hallou Me?’ and ‘WidowMaker’.
If that wasn’t enough to choose from, they also have a specials board full of even more Ameircana food!
And that’s where I saw it – the SoLita Onion with Chef’s Special Sauce. I absolutely love onions especially deep fried ones, so I just couldn’t resist ordering it. This dish is my idea of heaven on a plate. Beautiful, fried and absolutely delicious. Just typing this out is making me want to go back to SoLita.
If our mains were going to be as good as the starters, then we were definitely in for a treat! I was excited as you can probably tell.
I went for the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger which came stuffed with lettuce, mayo, tomato and a side of chicken gravy and some sweet potato fries. The buttermilk chicken burger definitely didn’t disappoint – the chicken was moist and that chicken gravy was to die for. My only complaint was that there wasn’t enough of the wonderful chicken gravy.
Be warned, this burger is quite big! I did struggle fitting the whole burger in my mouth but it was definitely worth it. Yum!
Matt after a lot of deliberation ordered the Manc-Hattan Burger which is an over bottom roll stuffed with pastrami, melted Lancashire cheese, fried black pudding, Lancashire sauce and some Coney Island mustard. It’s ‘Manchester meets Manhattan’ according to SoLita. Again another perfect burger – well constructed and just as delicious!
Seb went for the Hallou Me? which is a polenta fried halloumi burger with salsa, lettuce and even more cheese. I really liked this burger mainly because most burger joints forget about the vegetarians (cough Almost Famous cough). They might have a vegetarian burger but it’s usually terrible. The halloumi burger at SoLita was spot on. I would have easily swapped my chicken burger for this halloumi master piece.
Seb also went for a side of the Cheese Curly Fries which were as expected full of cheese! They were a bit too cheesy for our liking but they still were absolutely delicious. I think I prefer the fries at Almost Famous though unfortunately.
I now see what all the fuss was about. The burgers were spot on and the service was exceptional too. The waiters and waitresses looked like they really enjoyed working at SoLita and their enthusiasm was contagious. The menu here really is special, it’s not ‘just another burger joint’ and one look at the specials board confirms this. They really like experimenting with the food and I love their take on Americana cuisine.
I think I might have a new favourite restaurant in the NQ. I am definitely going to be going back!