Pop-up eaterie is new line at Railway Cafe
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