I love going to new places for food, especially ones that I have heard good things about and live up to expectations!
On Friday eve, a party of around 20 diners ventured to Hulme's, Kim by the Sea for a joint birthday dinner. The top floor of the tall narrow building was given to us, tables pushed together, mix-match of chairs, one menu shared between 10, a no thrills vibe is initially given off. However, as you cast your eye over the menu, particularly the specials that are around £10 each, the standard of food jumps up! I chose the Seabass Tom Yam special along with two others sitting next to me and my husband decided to go for the Duck Leg, also from the specials.
All the 20 dished arrived at around the same time, with just the one waitress having to trek up and down the stairs to serve us all. My meal arrived looking lovely and tasting absolutely fantastic. The flavours that were packed into that dish were truly splendid, the fish was grilled to perfection and the king prawns swimming in the hot and sour noodles were soft and delightful! For £10, this dish was a bargain!
I love to dine out, and managing a restaurant I understand that serving groups of 10 or above can be pretty demanding, especially having everything ready at the same time from an al a carte menu, with only a small kitchen.
Kim by the Sea definitely get's the thumbs up from me, set in it's grim surroundings, in an interesting shaped building with it's no thrills, tacky seaside resort feel and friendly staff attitude, I will be returning with more friends soon.
Too many restaurants in Manchester are style over substance, to me this place ticked all the boxes!
HapPY BiRTHday Aisling and Beech xx