Randall & Aubin, and then some wine

If you follow me on Instagram (and regularly check my Instagram stories, as one does πŸ˜‰) then you know that I went to Randall & Aubin yesterday to try their latest offer where you can bring your favourite bottle of wine and have it with your dinner with a small corkage fee of just Β£5.

I don’t know about you, but I think that if you have a nice wine and you’re waiting for the right meal to accompany it, that’s a steal!

Gabs picked a pinotage, since that’s his latest obsession, and I’m here to tell you what we decided to pair it with. Let’s begin!

The starters

Dinner at Randall & Aubin, Manchester

Top: Calamari frites, bottom: Tagliolini with prawns

I have to start by saying that we didn’t come prepared to eat seafood (obviously, given our wine choice) but we just couldn’t resist, so we tried to go with our server’s recommendations and ordered something that could go well with our pinotage.

I’m sad to say the calamari weren’t anything spectacular. They had a nice kick given by the pepper but they were missing some salt (or any other form of seasoning)Β to truly bring out the flavour in them. We’re big calamari fans and sadly, this one didn’t impress us.

Unfortunately, I’ll have to say the same for the tagliolini (but keep on reading because it does get better!). It was okay, but it didn’t really blow my mind. I was expecting something a bit more tasty, and I’m not sure this was it. I think next time I’d try something different (and get some white wine, please!).

The mains

Dinner at Randall & Aubin, Manchester

Grilled prime cod with herb dumplings, chorizo, chick peas and sweet tomato sauce

This dish isΒ good enough reason for me to go back again and again.

I didn’t really expect this main to be this amazing but boy, I was incredibly wrong. The cod was so nice, and specially when paired with the chorizo and chick peas, the taste was in-cre-di-ble.

It was such a mouthful of flavour every single time.

Also, to us it seemed like it was inspired in callos MadrileΓ±os, probably because of the chickpeas and chorizo combination.

It was very different from anything else I’ve tried in Manchester, but incredibly delightful. If you’re paying them a visit anytime soon,Β I’d definitely recommend this dish.

Dinner at Randall & Aubin, Manchester

Roast pork belly with mashed potato, roast apple, R&A orchard chutney and gravy

Gabs decided to go for some roast pork belly because, if you’ve been reading me for a while, you know we’re pretty much obsessed with pork belly, and this one was no exception.

The sauce was perfect, and the pork belly itself was also incredibly tasty and very juicy. Next time I might order this one for myself!

This dish comes in close second for the evening, not because it wasn’t good, but because the cod was spectacular.

 

The dessert

Dinner at Randall & Aubin

Randall & Aubin chocolate cake

This was more of a chocolate tart, but that’s not to say it was bad. Au contraire!

The dark chocolate flavour was present in every single spoonful and that made this one of my favourite chocolate desserts ever. Super delicious and rich, without feeling like too much (for a chocolate lover like me, at least!).

 

Overall, we had an evening that didn’t impress me at first but improved massively with the mains we had. I now have plenty of reasons to go back to Randall & Aubin, specially if it’s on a Monday πŸ˜‰but I want to know, what do you think of these kinds of deals? Do you think they’re worth it or would you rather just order a wine they have available at the restaurant? I’d love to know your thoughts!

 

Thanks for reading me and make sure to come back on Thursday if you want to know my thoughts on Almost Famous NQ’s Christmas menu πŸŽ…πŸΌdon’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

x,

M.

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