Pop-up eaterie is new line at Rail­way Cafe

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT alex.hib­bert@men­media.co.uk @alexghib­bert

AC­CLAIMED In­dian restau­rant Mughli has launched its new pop-up restau­rant in

Alder­ley Edge - but din­ers have to be quick, as it is only open for 12 weeks.

“Pop-up” restau­rant The Rail­way Cafe - with award-win­ning chef David Gale at the helm - is from the team be­hind Mughli, who have won plenty of foodie ad­mir­ers with their orig­i­nal restau­rant in Rusholme and sis­ter eatery in Knutsford.

The venue is sit­u­ated next to the train sta­tion on

London Road in the vil­lage, a hive for foot­ball stars and fa­mous faces.

For­mer North WestChef of the Year David has cre­ated the menu, which fea­tures a range of small plates sam­pling some of the Asian coun­try’s finest flavours.

Sim­ply split into snacks, sal­ads, meat, fish, veg­e­tar­ian and desserts, on a visit to the cosy eatery we sam­pled a range of its del­i­ca­cies.

One stand out is a stun­ning sea bass with co­rian­der crust and Bom­bay pota­toes. Another was

Lamb lol­lipops, which come pink with a chick­pea purée and pomegranate seeds.

The venue doesn’t take book­ings, and will be serv­ing brunch along­side its a la carte menu.

David, pre­vi­ously of The Hil­ton Ho­tel and Spin­ning­fields’ The Lawn Club, said: “We wanted to cre­ate a menu with in­di­vid­ual dishes that all worked to­gether, and some­thing that re­ally had em­bod­ied the vil­lage men­tal­ity - to have that real com­mu­nity feel. The menu is ba­si­cally my food with an In­dian ac­cent, and a play on ta­pas: ev­ery dish is based around a starter size.

“Get­ting the In­dian in­flu­ence right has been a chal­lenge, but all in all this has been one of most fun of my ca­reer.”

The pop-up also fea­tures a spe­cial­ist gin bar headed by multi-award­win­ning bar­tender Craig Harper and Jamie Jones. On the menu is a num­ber of be­spoke tipples and in­fu­sions de­signed to per­fectly com­pli­ment the food on of­fer.

David’s part­ners - brothers Sax and Haz Ar­shad – have built up a de­served rep­u­ta­tion as one of Man

ch­ester’s most ex­cit­ing restau­ra­teurs.

David said: “Ini­tially I met them through friends and had a con­ver­sa­tion. We have only been plan­ning the Rail­way Cafe for eight weeks and now its open, which is crazy.

“Orig­i­nally I put a menu to­gether Sax and Haz but it didn’t go down so well at all, so I did another one.

“A fter it was fin­ished we had a tast­ing with all of the brother’s fam­ily. To present a menu to them was quite daunt­ing. They

have her­itage and his­tory, and their mum has been cook­ing this food for her whole life. That was a big mo­ment.”

But David is re­main­ing tight-lipped as to whether The Rail­way

Cafe will con­tinue past its cur­rent 12 week run.

He added: “We’re not sure what’s hap­pen­ing next but our re­la­tion­ship is bril­liant. We might change it, we might do some­thing else en­tirely.

“I have my own fine din­ing restau­rant that should be open in the cen­tre of

Manch­ester by the end of spring so we are all busy.

“In our in­dus­try we grow all the time and were al­ways learn­ing it’s been a re­ally ex­cit­ing ven­ture.

“I don’t even have an oven, but the stan­dard is so high it’s makes me feel very proud of what we’re do­ing. It has been a great jour­ney.”

The team at The Rail­way Cafe

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