Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR – Visit Now
Living in a city that’s littered with Americana fare, Chinese take-outs and pizza joints; it’s rare to find a German restaurant with food that really commands the attention. Unless you’ve been to Albert’s Schloss, that is.
Decked out in wood, copper and soft cushioned furnishings for that traditional ski-lodge feel; Schloss’s warm Bavarian ambience is somewhat of an institution now in Manchester and regularly sees it packed to the rafters by homebodies and visitors who are hungry for a taste of what Schloss has to offer.
The beverages are lavish, the menu aplenty with traditional German beer offerings; throw in an extensive wine list, intimidatingly large Pilsner tanks and a grammable “Push for Presecco” button and you can bet your lederhosen you’ll be feeling uber-schnitzelled by the morning.
Lucky for you, the in-house bakery and Cook Haus are close at hand to soak up all the Fruli you sank. So what’s good to order? Well… pretty much everything, but if you want my opinion, start with the croquettes. Berliner spiced lamb croquettes, slow-roasted lamb shoulder encased in a crisp, savoury coat, excellently paired with a beer chilli mayo.
The ham and alpine cheese croquettes are out-of-this-world wonderful. Made with the most indulgent gruyere and eye-rollingly good when dunked in the yoghurt aioli, my favourite of the two dips.
I’d also recommend plumping for a haus-made pretzel on the side, served with pickles, divine sweet mustard and bier cheese, it’s a doughy, salty taste of heaven (if heaven was a gloopy, rich, decadent sauce – which I quite like to imagine it is).
So onto the mains, first up with have the honey roast duck. Pan-roasted duck breast served perfectly pink, the skin crackling with a crisp honey glaze, herb gnocchi, roasted apples and watercress. Pure joy from the first to last bite.
Next, sirloin steak served with peppercorn sauce. I like to judge eateries on their ability to cook a good steak – this was exceptional, cooked to perfection in what I can only presume was butter and happiness.
The fries are covered in a snowy blanket of fluffy parmesan
No matter what you decide to delight yourself with on the menu, make sure the truffle and parmesan fries make an appearance at your table. Served piping hot from the fryer, the fries are covered in a snowy blanket of fluffy parmesan, gloriously rich and exceptionally naughty.
Polishing off the lot, we spent the final portion of the evening drinking in the enchanting mood set by the live band on stage. A boogie here, a final Fruli there and we were finally ready to rest our nudels.
Whether you’re planning on popping in to enjoy the bier, the bratwurst, or both as I highly recommend; Albert’s Schloss is almost ALWAYS busy; so book ahead to secure one of their central picnic tables near the fire pit; or even better, one of their back-wall booths for a more intimate experience.
For a few, German food is very much take it or leave it – but me? I like to take it and liebe it.