Sunday 19 February 2017

An absolute favourite: Evelyn's, Northern Quarter

You know you have those places that you keep going back to because you love going there so much?

Evelyn's is one of those places for me. I love it.

I love the vibe - the laid back botanical decor (the white & green theme is so lovely), the gorgeous menu and the friendly staff, but most of all the fact that the food is delicious and caters for pretty much everyone.

I love that it fits the bill for breakfast with friends, a setting for a romantic dinner & the perfect place for catching up over lunch / tea with friends - it really is a one size fits all destination for me. I know I can go there and eat healthily if I want to, or order something far more indulgent if the mood takes me.

Chai latte, green juice or gin, Evelyn's offers it all - if you ask me, we need more restaurants like Evelyn's.

Here's a round up of my favourite meals I've had the past four or five times I've been.

You can't really sell the vibe of the inside through photos, so I thoroughly suggest that after you've read this, you go and check it out for yourself (if you haven't already!).

Here are my top picks:

Breakfast - 

Porridge with almond milk, hazelnuts & plums - this is gorgeous, so fruity and filling. It's a hearty way to start a weekend, definitely.

This photo is taken from their Instagram, as I didn't get a chance to take a pic of mine!

Their coffees are gorgeous & I'm a huge fan of their chai lattes - such a creamy hug in a mug!

The first time I went to Evelyn's was for brunch on a Sunday last January, and I went for the potato hash, fried egg, spinach, chutney and confit duck - and it was incredible. Seriously, if you're umming and ahhing about what to have, get this.

I think this is only on the brunch menu though, which is served till 5.

Dinner date - 

To start, I always go for their smashed avocado, pickled chilli & crackers. The avocado is limey and salty, and spread on crackers is the perfect appetizer.

(they'd run out of crackers in the pic, so we had toast instead)

For the main course...

The last couple of times I've been, we've ordered a load of small plates to share, as well as a main between two ( order to try as many different dishes as possible!)

My faves here have to be; the duck salad - soo good - crispy duck, sesame and plum salad, and the portion size is really generous here.

Duck salad - centre
The Korean fried chicken with roasted chilli is definitely an indulgent treat but really worth it. It packs a punch save some of the creamy avocado to have with it!

The sweetcorn fritters with tomato salsa are an absolute must as they go with pretty much all of the dishes and are a great 'filler'. Refreshing and really really tasty, they work well on their own too as the salsa gives it a lovely fresh kick. I would usually never choose sweetcorn but a friend recommended them and I've had them twice since.

Last time I went, we also got the steamed prawn dumplings with tamarind and ginger, and I'd definitely recommend them if you fancy something a little light.

One of my favourite main dishes to get (I've had it three times), is the chicken skewers, soba noodles, peanuts & citrus. The thai element is an absolute winner with me, I love anything satay style. The chicken is tender and the peanuts & the sauce is gorgeous! I love the side salad that comes with it too.

I really want to try the slow cooked lamb with freekah, cumin, greens & harissa pesto... guess that will be next visit's dish!

Something sweet...

Of course, more times than not I've made time for something sweet.

I've had the lime, avocado & honey cheese cake (really good, very limey), the cashew & berry parfait (again, lovely - but very 'cashewy' (no sh*t sherlock), so don't get it unless you really like cashew nuts), and the chai tiramisu with almond biscuits (my favourite out of the three I've tried).

I think it's safe to say from this post that I'm a fan of the place. I love how eclectic everything is, and the interior is absolutely gorgeous... if you haven't been yet, please go!

Check out their Instagram here for a grid full of mouthwatering photos, latte art and gorgeous flatlays... /.



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