Embankment Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, 16 Chapel St, Salford, M3 7NH – Visit Now
Embankment Kitchen is part of the CitySuites Apartments complex, just across the river from Manchester city centre in Salford. It’s a beautiful dining space, featuring high ceilings, stylish geometric light fittings and the piece de résistance, a large indoor camellia tree. See our review of the CitySuites II Aparthotel here.
An excellent restaurant that manages to be both high-end and welcoming to all
We start our exploration of the newly launched spring menu by nibbling on a pot of edamame, popping the beans out of their pods, which come coated in garlic, soy and chilli. It’s a light and addictive appetite-whetter.
Next, a trio of unusually meaty duck spring rolls, served with cucumber and onion strips, almost like deconstructed duck pancakes. The enthusiastic waitress explains that their brittle and crisp pastry is made in-house, a feat not for the faint-hearted. No wonder they taste so good.
A starter of crispy fried squid is as crisp as its name suggests, in a salt and pepper style coating. It comes with turmeric and chorizo aioli, sweet pea shoots, moreish crispy kale and salty little cubes of chorizo – always a winner.
The garlic and lemongrass duck confit main, also with lovely dark crispy kale, falls apart upon the slightest touch of cutlery. It’s accompanied by a sweet potato, kale and spring onion hash and a rich, glossy red wine, ginger and plum jus.
A juicy 8oz sirloin steak, aged for 28 days, is graced with a good slab of well-rendered fat and enhanced by a generous pot of herby, piquant chimichurri. It’s a rare pleasure to have this as one of two non-dairy steak sauce options as an alternative to creamier classics.
A real hit of truffle comes from the Parmesan and truffle fries. They have just the right amount of Parmesan – not overpowering but delicious to the tongue. Perfectly seasoned, their super crisp exteriors and fluffy centres keep us coming back for more. The same can be said of the utterly addictive green beans, which come dressed with chilli, shallot and smoked almonds.
The chef’s recommendation for dessert, Chocolate Nemesis, looks pretty dangerous when it arrives thanks to the dagger-like decoration of a golden sugar shard. Apparently, it was melted and cooled before shaping and we’re assured it won’t be sweet. Astonishingly, considering its make-up, somehow it isn’t. This is driven into the heart of a wedge of rich, sweet flourless chocolate cake, served with homemade raspberry ripple ice cream on a bed of chocolate soil.
Alongside all these treats, we recommend you sample the extensive cocktail menu. We found one highlight to be a lovely Negroni that’s bittersweet, yet easy-drinking despite its robust alcohol content. Another was a light and fresh strawberry lychee mojito. Either would go well with the selection of delicious new spring dishes at this excellent restaurant that manages to be both high-end and welcoming to all.