MIMOD’s kitchen specialise in brunch supper clubs and hosted a wonderful LA themed brinner for 20+ guests on the ground floor of the somewhat hard to find Redbank bar, located in the Green Quarter of Manchester. This venture was thought up by trained pastry chef Stephanie Sowden, who has worked in the kitchens of Honest Crust and Altrincham market’s Little Window.
The event started with a welcome cocktail and a brief explanation of what we could expect throughout the course of the night. Once everyone arrived at the bar we made our way to the thoughtfully dressed tables, immediately tucking in to the first course of mini sweet corn fritters with salsa and salad. Seconds and even thirds were passed around and completely devoured, these were really delicious and fresh.
The second course of kale and apple soup with a pretzel bun quickly followed. This had been my least anticipated dish yet the perfect combination of flavours and seasoning made it so incredibly tasty.
Mustard seed potato rosti topped with flaked crab arrived next and turned out to be a table favourite. Everyone agreed how well this dish worked, the crab still had an almost meaty flavour and the rosti wasn’t overly salty. My only criticism was the ratio of crab to rosti, more potato please!
Unfortunately, the French dip beef baguette with beetroot mayo didn’t work for me. The gravy was too thin, the beetroot overpowered the beef and the bread was just way too hard. Maybe a softer baguette to dip into thick meaty gravy would be better?
Our host came to the table with a polite disclaimer about the dessert of Blueberry and ricotta fro-yo. It had pretty much melted in the heat but it really didn’t affect the taste at all. Beautifully creamy with the right amount of tang, light and not overly sweet, I could have easily had seconds.
An addition of some background music and slightly darker lighting on the venues part would create a more intimate and warm atmosphere. Cold plates serving hot food is a real pet hate of mine but is an easy thing to rectify for next time. With these few minor adjustments, this brinner pop up could acquire itself a regular attendee.
Summed up, If you are a foodie and then Mimod’s Kitchen is an absolute MUST!!
Author: Charlie Rowarth