GETTING A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS

GETTING A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS

The season to enjoy food and warming drinks more than ever is here, and it’s, of course, the perfect excuse for me to go out and try all the amazing Christmas menus that restaurants are launching and give you my insights on the matter.

I’ll do it just for research purposes, like I did last weekend, when I spent two days drinking non-stop just to bring you this amazing list of drinks you cannot miss this season. The lengths I’m willing to go to bring content, you know 😉

Anyway, today we’re revisiting one of my Northern Quarter favourites, and voted best brunch in Manchester 2017: Fress Restaurant.

I’ve loved this place ever since they first opened their doors to the public, not only because their decor is beautiful and incredibly unique, or because of their delicious variety of baked goods available on a daily basis, but also because of the great attention I always get when I visit them. They make me feel at home, and that’s one of the reasons that keep me coming back (apart from the food, duh!).

Today, we’re here to talk about the stars of their Christmas menu and a couple of delicious sides we tried last Saturday.

Croque Monsieur: Gruyere, Brie, and Mrs Kirkhams Smoked Cheddar on top of their home baked sourdough, with a filling of roast turkey, smoked bacon, cranberry sauce, and pigs in a blanket on top.

If you came from my Instagram profile, you probably did it because of this beauty, and I don’t blame you.

This is the first thing that caught my eye while browsing their IG feed. A massive stack full of all things Christmassy combined with a delicious cheese blend? Count me in!

The Christmas Croque is everything you could ever want in a sandwich, and then some more. The turkey was delicious, and the whole dish came together when we dipped it in the gravy, to make it even messier (it’s not fun if you don’t get your hands a little bit dirty!).

I know it looks massive, but it’s more manageable -in terms of biting size- than what I initially thought. Two thumbs up. A must if you’re in for a Christmas treat done right.

Traditional Christmas dinner: Roasted turkey breast, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, breaded sage and sausage stuffing, and all the trimmings with gravy

Now, THIS is what Christmas tastes like.

If you want to go down the more traditional route, Fress also has as dish for you, of course.

Since this is our first Christmas season in the UK, I was excited to see (and taste) what everyone here eats on Christmas Eve. I know every family has their own traditions and ways to prepare food, but I still wanted to see Fress’ take on this good old classic.

The turkey was absolutely juicy and perfect, the gravy was thick and savoury –just how we like it– and, of course, just by reading the description above, you probably already know that we devoured the breaded sage and sausage stuffing. Can’t help it, we’re too predictable.

The entire meal had a warming homemade feel that made every bite taste even better. Being away from our families during this season makes us value all of these moments and efforts even more, so I’ll take any opportunity I have to feel at home!

Whitebait with garlic mayonnaise.

And because we could not just eat two plates and call it a day, Jen suggested a small plate of whitebait and we, of course, said yes! Who am I to reject seafood?

Every bite was delicious, but I was must surprised to see G devouring it so enthusiastically, knowing that he’s not really a fish fan (or so he says). I’m always in for anything that comes from the ocean, specially if it’s fried.

Wild mushrooms on toast: creamed forest mushrooms on sourdough, served with truffle oil

Finally, we had another small plate to complement the rest of our meal.

One might think that mushrooms on toast is a pretty okay dish, but Fress definitely took it to a whole other level. I love the texture of the wild mushrooms combined with the sourdough, and the truffle oil drizzled on top was just perfect to take this classic to a whole other level.

 

Overall, we had an amazing taste of Fress’ take on Christmas and I cannot wait to see what other restaurants come up with for this season! The holidays are the perfect excuse to go out and treat yourself to something nice, whether it’s food, a drink, or even some cake, just find what your heart is craving and indulge! We all deserve it 🙂

In case you can’t tell already, I’m pretty excited for the holidays, and I’d love to know if I’m the only one that feels this way. December just began and I’ve already planned things for almost the entire month! What are your plans for this season? How do you celebrate Christmas? What do you guys eat on Christmas Eve? I want to know everything! 

Leave me a comment with your answers or message me on social media! You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). I’d love to see you around.

Finally, if you’re looking for more Christmas inspiration, you should read either my HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE for anyone that enjoys food (which is like 99% of the population), or my list of winter drinks that you CANNOT MISS! Let me know if you enjoy these seasonal articles so I can keep writing them 🙂 I’d love to hear your feedback.

 

Enough writing on my side. Now it’s your turn!

Michelle’s out.

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Jasmin Charlotte
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That Croque Monsiet looks amazing! Always love finding new places to try for when I’m next up North 🙂

MissPond
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Wow this all looks delicious. The toastie has my name written all over it 🙂 We usually make turkey and cranberry grilled cheese with leftovers!

izz
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Meet looks delicious ! One of my favourite parts of Christmas is going through the Christmas recipes and deciding what to prepare 🙂