The last two years have seen Ancoats develop quite drastically and produce wonderful independent restaurants- Elnecot has to be my favourite.
Despite slow and sometimes forgetful service, I have dined here five times in the last six weeks and loved each visit.
The menu consists of predominantly ‘small plates’ and each time I have been encouraged to order three per person, which is more than enough. On the first visit I was disappointed to see a small number of meat dishes and presumed it was an oversight on the chefs part. I was wrong. By the last visit I almost pass by the meat items on the menu and excitedly order ‘disco cauliflower’, ‘pearl barley arancini’ and ‘caramelised garlic cheese tart’.
The rich flavour each small plate delivers is just delightful & the braised ox cheek is a favourite of every friend I have taken along with me.
On a busy night when booking last minute I ended up sat by the counter as all the tables were booked. This visit was far the best as the personal service I received from not only the Head chef/owner but also the manager made the whole evening fantastic.
The criticisms of this place are minimal. Some of the meals have been under seasoned slightly, the service can be annoyingly slow & drinks can be forgotten. The bill has only been correct twice & the table layout isn’t particularly comfortable. These negatives normally totally put me off a place but this place has been open only a few months and no doubt there’s going to be teething problems.
Sunday brunch is surprisingly quiet but with the excellent menu and slow hype it’s sure to pick up.
Get down there before you struggle to get in!
DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW IS COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT, THE MEAL WAS PAID FOR AND NOT ARANGED WITH ANYONE CONNECTED TO ELNECOT.
Author: Charlie Rowarth