Tonight after work I popped along to the relaunch party for Manchester veggie restaurant Bistro 1847. The restaurant has been established for a few years and also has a sister restaurant in Birmingham. I've eaten here before and blogged about it. The Manchester venue has had a refit and was launching it's summer menu. I was surprised by the refit which gives the restaurant more of a cafe bar feel with fresh Scandinavian style design and has a back section that can be hired out for large groups - perfect for celebrating birthdays or leaving do's.
It was a really pleasant evening. The organic wine was free flowing and we got to sample some delicious canapes which give a flavour of what the restaurant is all about. The first picture is rye crackers topped with hummus, pomegranate and edible flowers. I could have eaten a whole plate of these. The rye crackers in particular were outstanding.
These bites are a mini version of one of the restaurants signature dishes. It's beer battered halloumi with pea puree with the halloumi subbed for tofu for vegans. The chef explained that the green leaves are locally soured oyster leaves, something I'd never heard of before.
This final super sized canape was a little nan bread topped with a mini bhajji, pickled pear, yoghurt and foraged yarrow. The presentation on all of the food was superb and I loved the attention to detail with the garnishes. The restaurant also runs cookery classes and has events such as jazz evenings and tasting menu nights. I'm looking forward to visiting again soon.