Thursday evening brought an impromptu evening out filled with cocktails and good food with my lovely friend Keeley. After waking up on Thursday morning, feeling full of lurgy and feeling ever so sorry for myself, a dinner date was just the ticket to cheer me up. I met up with Keeley for cocktails at Elixir on Deansgate in Manchester then went on to All Star Lanes Manchester at Great Northern. I was so hungry when we went in, but boy am I glad I had an empty stomach to sample all the amazing food.
The All Star Lanes Manchester menu has been updated for the Winter period with some mouthwatering dishes that I was practically drooling over. Whilst we were deciding on what dishes to go for, we tucked in to Bacon Popcorn, £3 drizzled with maple syrup with chunky pieces of bacon hidden between the fluffy popped corn. The maple syrup made it quite sickly so I didn’t eat a lot, but the combination of sweet and salty flavours played a merry dance on my tastebuds.
Both myself and Keeley ordered the King Prawn Tacos, £7. I very rarely choose tacos when out for a meal as they can be quite messy, however I’m so glad that I did. Succulent fat juicy prawns were sat in a traditional taco shell, alongside guacamole, sour cream, salsa and jalapeños. I did take a bite of the jalapeños but I took them out of the tacos so I could taste the prawns, rather than a mouthful of fiery chilli. The tacos were a perfect sized portion for a starter and left me wanting more.
I ordered fish for my main meal as well. I’m having a bit of a love affair with fish right now, so it was natural that the Chargrilled Cajun Swordfish, £14.50 was my first choice. Swordfish is a really meaty piece of fish and so filling. The fish was served with crushed new potatoes, cherry tomatoes and green beans with a big dollop of guacamole on top. The cajun sauce had a lovely kick to it, and although some may find it spicy enough, I still added a dash or five of the All Star Lanes Hot Pepper Sauce. I very nearly struggled to finish all of my meal, however I powered through and took one for the team. Keeley also struggled with her Nacho Cheeseburger – check out Keeleys blog for her review. We also had Monterey Jack Corn Grit Chips, £3 as a side but we only managed one or two each. They are very similar to polenta fries but with a gorgeous cheesy middle with a corn battered outer.
Our food was washed down with a Debbie Does, £10, a tacky take on a tacky classic – the Pornstar Martini. Pink Pigeon rum, Maraschino, Orange Bitters, passion fruit and a mix of pineapple, apple and lemon juices; with a side of prosecco. I love this drink and it tastes even better made with rum. Absolutely delicious.
Dessert was shared between the two of us and even then we struggled to eat all of the Choc Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, £5.50. Two huge cookies with a massive slice of ice cream in the centre, drizzled with maple syrup and dusted with icing sugar. It was super sweet and just what my sweet tooth needed at the end of the meal. I woke up the following morning dreaming of the left over cookie and ice cream that we couldn’t manage.
My final cocktail of the night was the fresh and fruity Jumpin’ Jack Flash, £7.50. Jack Daniels, Falernum, Agave Syrup, Fresh Lemon juice churned with Raspberry puree, poured over ice in a long drink. I do like my Jack Daniels but I tend to drink it with coke so having it mixed into this cheeky cocktail was a pleasant change. It tasted like sherbert and the taste of JD wasn’t too overpowering. I’ll definitely be having another Jumpin’ Jack Flash next time I’m there.
Thank you so much for the invite Keeley, and All Star Lanes. I’m sorry we didn’t get chance to bowl afterwards, however I practically had to roll down Deansgate on the way home as I was that full! Visit the All Star Lanes website and see where your nearest venue is.
* The meal was generously provided by All Star Lanes Manchester, however all reviews and opinions are my own.